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As Let’s Go Fishing expands, local office is on the move

SPICER — Steady growth is leading Let’s Go Fishing to move its home office from Willmar to Spicer.

“We’re packing boxes now,’’ said Joe Holm, founder and president of the organization.

The organization has outgrown its Willmar offices, Jim Schoeberl, president of the nonprofit’s board of directors, said in announcing the move. Let’s Go Fishing will make a more spacious office setting at 174 Lake Ave. N. in Spicer, its new home by the start of the month.

“We welcome them,’’ said Spicer Mayor Denny Baker. “We’re excited about having them here.’’

The central office and the Willmar chapter of Let’s Go Fishing have been located at 1025 19th Ave. S.W. in Willmar since the organization began 13 years ago. The Willmar chapter is now deciding whether to remain at the address, or move to another office location in town.

Let’s Go Fishing is becoming one of the state’s top nonprofit, people-serving organizations, Holm noted. It has established 30 chapters in locations across the state, and recently opened a chapter in Rhinelander, Wis.

The move to a larger office setting will allow the organization to focus on its plans for continued growth, according to Holm.

Minnesota recently awarded Let’s Go Fishing a two-year matching grant of up to $375,000.

The organization is aiming to open new chapters, and help existing chapters serve more people. The chapters currently serve about 25,000 people a year. The organization has set its sights on serving up to 100,000 people a year, Holm said.

Since its start, Let’s Go Fishing has enriched the lives of senior citizens by offering them fishing and boating excursions. It is now also working to expand its role by serving more young people, Holm said.

There is a growing need to connect with young people and introduce them to the outdoors. It’s also an opportune time to do so. Baby boomers are reaching a point in their lives where they have the time and desire to make a significant and positive impact in the lives of others, Holm explained.

The Let’s Go Fishing home office now includes a staff of three and will be adding a fourth soon.

The organization is served by over 2,100 volunteers. Holm and development director Jane Drodofsky will be working to assist the volunteers and are eager to welcome more aboard.

Tom Cherveny

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

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