Looking Back At The Many Who Inspired Us

Owen Schipnewski holds his returned hunting jacket.

Need a little inspiration to take on the winter cold?

Take a look at this coming weekend’s Outdoor page. We offer a look at the many people who inspired us during the past year when it comes to the outdoors.

Take the volunteers with Let’s Go Fishing. The Willmar chapter cracked the 2,000 mark in the number of people it served.

Consider the people behind the rapid growth of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target league. Youth are being introduced to the outdoors and shooting sports thanks to the work of many behind the scene workers.

There were plenty of individual stories of inspiration. Trent Jorgenson discovers that a hunting jacket he had found four years earlier while hunting at Lac qui Parle contained a wallet with $1,700 cash and the owner’s identification. He couldn’t return it fast enough.

Kevin Hood takes a tragic fall while climbing into his deer stand at the start of the deer archery season. A month in the hospital and many weeks of therapy follow, but one thing never changes. He’s as determined as ever to return to the sport he loves.

Montevideo science instructor Richard Halterman started leading students on summer trips down the Minnesota River in 1999, all for the opportunity to introduce them to the outdoors in their own backyards. As seems to be a tradition, teacher and students are drenched by a late night thunderstorm, and laugh about it as they ready for the next day’s adventure.

Just a sampling of the people and stories that inspired us in 2013.

Volunteers with Let’s Go Fishing’s Willmar chapter hosted over 2,000 guests this past season, the most ever.