Walking on Water Outdoors helps Menahga angler

Darla Olson's online request for ice-fishing assistance went viral.

With the help of Walking on Water Outdoors (WOW) on Saturday, Darla Olson caught her bucket-list fish: a northern pike. Assisting her were Brenden Mattson, at left, and WOW founder Tim Schmid. (Photos by Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

With the help of Walking on Water Outdoors (WOW) on Saturday, Darla Olson caught her bucket-list fish: a northern pike. Assisting her were Brenden Mattson, at left, and WOW founder Tim Schmid. (Photos by Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

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.

Darla Olson spent Saturday afternoon on Big Mantrap Lake for a special WOW ice-fishing excursion.

Darla Olson spent Saturday afternoon on Big Mantrap Lake for a special WOW ice-fishing excursion.

"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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