Thank you Dean Hansen!

This year the winner of the Silver Trout Award, presented at our Holiday Banquet on December 7th, was Dean Hansen. His unbridled passion for aquatic insects was on display to all in attendance, as he happened to be the banquet speaker. He is a great presenter, with incredible photos during his talk. Dean has presented on the subject of aquatic entomology at 20 Great Waters Fly Fishing expos, written 36 articles for Midwest Fly Fishing magazine, and taught over 20 classes at three area fly shops. He is an incredible resource and educator for our area.

We have been so lucky to have Dean presenting at our Trout in the Classroom programs and helping collect and identify insects during our trout release parties at the end of the school year. In 1993, Dean started “Bugs in the Classroom” in area schools. He has continued every year, reaching over 800 children a year. Dean goes beyond showing slides or showing vials of preserved, dead insects. He works hard to find living samples of all the aquatic inserts in our area, insuring that the kids get hands-on learning with what Dean humbly calls the “real stars of the show.” His enthusiasm rubs off on the children and teachers alike, always drawing rave reviews from each.

It is for this outstanding work that Dean was presented the 2017 Silver Trout Award and we look forward to working with him
again this year. Congrats and thanks again Dean! —Greg Olson


A successful banquet!

The 2017 Kiap-TU-Wish Holiday Conservation Banquet was a resounding success. The Banquet Committee achieved their goal of producing an entertaining as well as profitable venture. Dean Hansen delivered one of the most entertaining and dynamic presentations we’ve seen and was the recipient of The Silver Trout Award. We hosted 120 attendees who perused 25 tables of goodies for the silent auction and various raffles. A final accounting will most probably be made at the January meeting. In the meantime the Committee wishes to thank all of you who attended and helped make the banquet a success. Special thanks goes to these enterprises who supported us so generously: Andy Roth at Gray Goat, Kinni Creek Lodge, Tenkara, Scott Sorensen at Fly Box and Co, Hayward Fly Fishing Co, Joe’s Sporting Goods, Laughing Trout, Colleen Manning at Uno Bello Salon, Cardinal Corner Bird Store, Scott Holway at 3M, and Gabe Schubert.

Another shout-out goes to these volunteers who helped us with sorting merchandise, set-up, selling tickets and check-out: Ken Hanson, Maria Manion, Scott Thorp, Bruce Maher, Judy Lutter, John Kaplan, Trish Hannah, Laurie Ashworth, Greg Olson, Mark Peerenboom, Tom Henderson, and Gary Horvath. The Banquet Committee (Allison Jacobs, Deb Alwin, Greg Dietl, Bob Diesch, Scott Wagner, Mike Alwin) wishes to thank Tom Schnadt for leading this incorrigible group through another successful campaign.
The Banquet Committee

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