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Duane Bill Fishing Derby is Saturday

Free kids event honors long-time Hy-Vee manager

May 6, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

For the seventh year, kids will have a chance to learn about fishing and have some fun at Duane Bill's Friendly Fishing Derby, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Badger Lake in John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

The event is for kids ages 15 and under, said Ann Halbur, marketing and events coordinator at the Fort Dodge Hy-Vee. Participants will be divided into three age groups. Those wanting to attend should pre-register by calling Hy-Vee customer service at 573-4105.

"We have bait provided. Just bring fishing poles," Halbur said. "It's a free event. We do ask the kids to bring two non-perishable items to donate for the food pantries.

"(The derby) was started by Hy-Vee to honor Duane Bill for his years of service to Hy-Vee, and his love of kids and fishing."

Bill was a 40 veteran of Hy-Vee, and the long-time manager of the frozen food department.

This year Citizen's Community Credit Union is sponsoring the event, she said, and as always Hy-Vee is working with Webster County Conservation to make the day possible.

Matt Cosgrove, of Webster County Conservation, said, "We just provide the site, some educational materials, and help them out with the weigh-in. For the most part they run the event."

All the fish will be measured, but not kept, Halbur said. It's a catch and release event. There will be prizes awarded, however.

More than 100 people usually attend, she said, and there are plenty of fish to catch.

She added, "We're hoping for good weather."

Contact Joe Sutter at (515) 573-2141 or



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