New Ulm Minnesota Sport Fisherman Club receives 2016 Outdoor Leaders Award from Outdoor News
(Plymouth, Minn.) — Outdoor News, Inc., publisher of locally written fishing and hunting outdoor newspapers in seven Great Lake states, has named the New Ulm Area Sport Fishermen Club as the recipient of the 2016 Outdoor Leaders Award. Minnesota outdoor organizations, chapters, or clubs that have made influential contributions to benefit the outdoor community were eligible for consideration. The award announcement was made on Friday, August 12 in conjunction with Game Fair in Ramsey, Minn., which is the largest annual gathering of sportsmen, outdoors organizations, and hunting-related businesses in Minnesota.
Minnesota Outdoor News Editor Tim Spielman presented the organization with a check for $500 and a plaque from Outdoor News, taking the opportunity to highlight the group’s 30-year history that promoted not only fishing contests for kids, but also the club’s projects aimed at improving water quality and Minnesota River habitat. Accepting the award on behalf of the organization was club president Jason Kuester, and a handful of the nearly 200 club members including volunteers Kim Olson, Scott Sparlin, Jim Hulke, and Dave Mecklenburg.
Past recipients of the award have included the Minnesota Waterfowl Association, which had successfully developed a youth-orientated summer camp to introduce young people to conservation, wetland restoration, waterfowl protection, duck and goose calling, decoy care and placement, and ethical hunting skills, and the 2015 honoree, the East Ottertail Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Staff from Outdoor News selected one winner from nominations received by the July 29 entry deadline.
A full feature on the club’s projects and the Outdoor Leaders Award was featured in an article published in Minnesota Outdoor News on August 19 (pages 28 and 29).