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Spicer, Minn., acquires a fishing destination 'asset'

The Little Crow Anglers raised nearly $37,000 and constructed this fish cleaning station for public use in Spicer, Minn. Tom Cherveny / Forum News Service

SPICER, Minn.—Jerome Jakobson's passion for fishing leads him to many of the region's best known waters, everywhere from Devil's Lake in North Dakota and Chamberlain on the Missouri River in South Dakota, to the waters of Lake Michigan at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

And when he lands his boat at any of these locations, there's a fish-cleaning station waiting for him so he can fillet his catch before returning home.

Add Spicer on the shores of Green Lake to the list of fishing destinations offering this asset. The thanks go to the members of the Little Crow Anglers, including Jakobson. The Little Crow Anglers raised nearly $37,000 and constructed a fish-cleaning station that was opened in time for the Governor's Fishing Opener in Spicer.

This coming Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Little Crow Anglers will sell the station to the City of Spicer for $1 at a gathering at the station just before the city council meeting.

"It's a good deal,'' laughed Denny Baker, mayor of Spicer about the purchase.

The city had agreed months earlier to acquire the station. Its staff already checks on the station regularly and cleans up any waste that anglers might inadvertently leave behind. The city is also responsible for periodically emptying the station's 2,500-gallon holding tank.

Mayor Baker said the station is an asset for the community. It benefits local anglers, whether they're fishing Green Lake, Nest, Ringo or any of the county's other popular fishing waters within a short drive of the site. And, it certainly benefits the visitors who come from outside the county to fish these waters, all of whom contribute to the local economy by making the area their fishing destination.

The Little Crow Anglers took a good look at the cleaning stations they found elsewhere, and drafted their own plans for this one. Little Crow Angler Matt Olson, of Mo Fabrication of rural Blomkest, produced its stainless steel table. The Little Crow Anglers purchased an industrial strength grinder for it. Jakobson used his plumbing experience to develop a system that is odor free.

The station is outside, and open for use 24/7 during the warm season. It has electric power and lights, and water flushes the fish cleanings in the grinder.

It's been available since the Governor's Fishing Opener last May, and by all accounts sees lots of use, according to Baker and Jakobson. Both said that anglers using the station have been very good about cleaning up after themselves.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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