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Hoot's Sports named a Top 5 Lund dealer

Connie Vandermay/FOCUS John Hendrickx, Matt Carstens, Mike Parta and Jim Arno are on the sales team at Hoot's Sports in Perham. They were recently awarded the Lund 2012 Platinum Dealer Award for exceptional sales and service.

Hoot's Sports of Perham, Ottertail and Alexandria won the Lund Boats 2012 Platinum Dealer Award for exceptional sales and service.

The Platinum Dealer Award "recognizes the 'Best of the Best' of Lund dealers," stated Lund Boat Company president Dirk Hyde in a letter to Hoot's Sports.

To qualify for the award, dealers need to sell more than 100 Lund boats. Of those eligible, the top five win the award.

"We had a really strong year last year," owner Mike Parta said in an interview. And if the recent record-breaking January sales are any indication, this coming year will be even stronger.

"Our sales staff are real believers in service. It takes a team to provide the service and follow-up. Our sales team gets a lot of repeat business," Parta said.

For example, Hoot's Sports gives all boats a water test to ensure the props are set right - a service not all dealers offer. In the busy season, it's a full-time job just to test-drive the boats, Parta said.

Hoot's Sports continues to offer one of the larger indoor show rooms for Lund, offering shoppers a peek at almost every model Lund offers.

Hoot's also offers seminars in early spring, with fishing pros giving tips, and hosts an annual fishing tournament, Angler-Young Angler, in June.

Hoot's Sports sales staff's motto continues to be: "We speak walleye best."

Which Parta said means: "We know how to outfit boats to the best fishing success."