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Fishin' for the Cure: Tournament set at Beulah Bay

North Dakota’s fifth annual Fishin’  for the Cure tournament gets underway Saturday, June 16, at Beulah Bay. The shotgun start is 8 a.m. and weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. CT.

“Fishin’ for the Cure -- curing childhood cancer one lake at a time” is an effort to raise funds for childhood cancer research, and to support local families with their medical expenses,  said event coordinator Tyler Schlosser.

Fishin’ for the Cure was started in Montana by Matt Siegle,  who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma as a youth and died of the disease at age 25.

“Matt was one of my best friends,” Schlosser said. “His friends and family have continued his legacy.”

The event continues to grow in  participation.

“We have a lot of compassionate people who like supporting the cause,” Schlosser said. “We line up everything, and once it’s set up, it runs pretty smooth.”

Fishin’ for the Cure is more than a fishing tournament for anglers. It’s for everyone who wishes to spend a day at the lake. The Corps of Engineers will teach water safety lessons and give kids rides in their mini boats.

The Wurst Shop of Dickinson will serve breakfast for the anglers and a dinner at noon for everyone there (goodwill donations accepted). Sanford Health will give helicopter rides around the lake to raffle winners. There will be live auction, and a bounce house for the kids.

Special guests will be the families of children fighting cancer. The families will be awarded checks for medical expenses.

“It’s pretty neat to watch -- some of the older guys are in tears,“ said Schlosser.  

The additional funds  are donated to “Solving Kids Cancer” -- an organization that  invests in cutting-edge cancer research around the country.

A fishing team can be any number of anglers in one boat. However, only the top five walleye are weighed for the competition. Awards are given to the top ten teams, while the top three receive trophies. The cost per team is $80.

“It’s beautiful there and plenty to do throughout the day,” Schlosser said. “And we are always looking for auction donations.”

For more information, visit the Facebook Page, Fishin for the Cure or call Schlosser at 290-2415. To register, visit fishinforthecure.com. An anglers’ rules meeting is  7 p.m. Friday. Registration also can be made the day of the tournament.

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