Kids, deputies hit Lake Minnetonka for 'Hooked on Fishing'

Updated: July 24, 2019 06:32 PM

About 25 kids from Minneapolis had the chance to go fishing with local deputies Wednesday morning.

The Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities, hosted "Hooked on Fishing" on Lake Minnetonka.

"We're going to go fishing and I'm really looking forward to it," said 12-year-old James Redding.

The kids learned how to hook, bait and cast a line. Some had never been out on a boat or gone fishing before.

"It's fun just fishing and learning safety and making sure I don't fall because I can't swim," said 11-year-old De'A Scott.

This is the 12th year for the event. The Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation noted the event is not only about teaching children angling skills and giving them a chance to connect with nature, it also helps build relationships with law enforcement.

"The kids have an opportunity to have an enjoyable and positive experience and realize law enforcement is there for them and for their communities," said Becky Linstroth, chairperson of the foundation.

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