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21st Annual Day of Fishing for Special Needs Individuals

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The bait was out and lines were being cast at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge in Carpio this afternoon.

About 150 people turned out for the 21st Annual Day of fishing for special needs individuals. Kalix, Souris Valley Special Services and several other agencies came out to help people with disabilities get the chance to catch some fish. Volunteers from the Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department were on hand to help those individuals bait their lines, cast, and reel in their catch.
"We take fishing for granted, some of us do it as often as we can as much as we can, but for some of these folks its a special day once a year, where hopefully they can catch a fish," says Duane Anderson, from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

"When they catch a fish it's huge," says Kalix Rec and Leisure Coordinator, Donna Walain. "It's so fulfilling for them."  

"This is just a great day for everybody to get together and enjoy the time that we have," says Americorp NCC Volunteer, Brian Krantz. "It's great, it's awesome. It's really genuine happiness, it's awesome to see."
The day of fishing for special needs individuals is part of North Dakota's free fishing weekend. North Dakota residents may fish without a resident license during the free fishing days. However, all other state and federal regulations apply.
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