Walking on Water Outdoors helps Menahga angler
Darla Olson's online request for ice-fishing assistance went viral.
The Menahga resident has Stage II emphysema and loves to fish, but needed a helping hand. She posted her inquiry on Park Rapids and Menahga/Sebeka "swap and sell" Facebook pages. Her appeal was then shared on Minnesota fishing forums.
Tim Schmid, a lifelong Park Rapids resident who founded Walking on Water Outdoors (WOW), was called into action.
"I had over 30 personal messages, texts and tags from people about this," Schmid recalled. "My phone's just going crazy from people throughout the community, saying, 'Have you been on Facebook?' After 10 of them in under a minute, I was like, 'What's going on here?'"
Anglers in the Twin Cities were even contacting Schmid, saying WOW was the perfect fit.
WOW is a nonprofit organization whose ministry helps local veterans and the elderly go fishing.
"Every one of us donates our time, our gear to do these types of trips," Schmid said.
"I went a couple times on my own, but it was so hard for me to do it on my own," she explained. Her hand-powered ice auger and the thick ice proved too difficult.
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