Crookston Nonprofit Honors Adam Barno with Successful Ice Fishing Day Get Kids Outdoors – Grand Forks Herald

Crookston Nonprofit Honors Adam Barno with Successful Ice Fishing Day Get Kids Outdoors – Grand Forks Herald

CROOKSTON – Get Kids Outdoors’ inaugural fishing trip last weekend to Island Lake near Lyngby, Minn., was such a success, organizers say, that plans are already in the works for a second annual event next year.

The event is organized by Get Kids Outdoors-Adam Parnow Memorial Inc., a nonprofit organization named in honor of Adam Parnow, 39, a Crookston outdoors enthusiast who died in a spray plane crash on June 27, 2023. The family created the non-profit organization Profitability as a means to continue Adam’s name and legacy.

According to Adam’s father, Fred Barno, about 40 children participated in the Get Kids Outdoors fishing trip on the afternoon of Saturday, February 3. The event included bus transportation from Crookston to Island Lake, and young anglers had the opportunity to experience ice fishing in a variety of settings, from sitting on 5-gallon buckets to fishing in the comfort of a luxurious wheelhouse.

The volunteers, who numbered about 20 people, used ATVs and side-by-side vehicles to transport children from public areas to fish houses about a half-mile away, Barno said.

“Everything went well,” he said. “The kids were totally engaged. They looked up to the volunteers, mentors, and people who were teaching them in the houses. They had the opportunity to be in flipped houses, center houses, sit by a campfire fishing, and they also got the experience of being in the wheelhouse watching Fish on the big screen TV.

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Participants in the inaugural Get Kids Outdoors fishing trip had the opportunity to experience ice fishing in the luxury wheelhouse on Saturday, February 3, 2024, during the event held on Island Lake near Lengby, Minnesota.

Contributed by Fred Barnau

“That was so amazing. These kids were so focused all day long, and it was just a completely fun day for everyone.”

In addition, nine students from the University of Minnesota Crookston Natural Resources Club presented a “Class on Wheels” during the bus ride to the lake, sharing their knowledge on a variety of outdoor skills, from knot tying to fish identification and aquatic invasion species.

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Grayson Solberg holds a northern pike he caught Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, during the Get Kids Outdoors ice fishing event at Island Lake near Lengby, Minnesota. Standing in the background is Katie Torgerson of the Natural Resources Club at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Contributed by Fred Barnau

“I think all the kids had a good time,” Fred Barno said. “It was really fun when the day started. These little kids were so focused. That bus was quiet as a mouse. They were all engaged. It was so much fun watching the kids.”

Barnau says the fishing wasn’t fast and furious, which often happens when fishing in the middle of the day, but all of the young participants caught some fish.

“Actually, a lot of northerners, a lot of perch were caught during the day,” Barno said. “Someone caught a walleye, which I think is not very common in that lake.”

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Kids gathered for a chance to win several door prizes on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the end of the Get Kids Outdoors ice fishing event on Island Lake near Lengby, Minnesota.

Contributed by Fred Barnau

After the event, Barno received a thank you note from a parent that pretty much sums up why the family founded the nonprofit and organized the fishing trip in the first place.

“Boy…you just came home from your event at Island Lake with a bucket full of fishing gear and a lot of excitement about fishing,” the parent wrote. “I can’t tell you what it means to me that you did this. … It brought tears to my eyes that so many people came together to pass that passion on to the kids, and my son came home asking when we could get out on the ice next.”

“Bless you, sir! What a wonderful way to honor your son.”

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About 40 kids got a chance to experience ice fishing on Saturday, February 3, 2024, during the inaugural Get Kids Outdoors fishing trip to Island Lake near Lengby, Minnesota. The event included bus transportation from Crookston and provided the opportunity for young anglers to experience ice fishing in a variety of different places.

Contributed by Fred Barnau

According to Parnow, the nonprofit Get Kids Outdoors-Adam Parnow Memorial just learned that it received a $5,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources through the DNR’s No Child Left Inside program. The nonprofit will use the grant to fund a children’s fishing trip next summer on Maple Lake near Mentor, Minnesota, Barno said.

getkidsoutdoorsmn.org.

Brad Dukin

Brad Duquesne joined the Herald in November 1985 as copy editor of Agweek magazine and has been outside editor of the Grand Forks Herald since 1998.

In addition to his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwestern Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage of these topics.

You can reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on X (formerly Twitter) at @gfhoutdoor.

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