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M State Line Worker program fishing for scholarship support

BAUDETTE, Minn. – Holes for Poles is back. After a one-year hiatus, the popular Holes for Poles ice fishing fundraiser is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21-23, on Lake of the Woods.

The event will help fund scholarships for students in Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s Electrical Line Worker diploma program in Baudette.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday with a Welcome Social at the Sportsman Lodge. The fishing derby begins at 10 a.m. Saturday from Cyrus Resort. Prizes include nearly $1,000 in ice fishing gear from Clam Outdoors, in addition to other cash and prizes.

The Social and Shore Lunch begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion in Baudette.

Participants in the Sunday ice fishing event can check in during the social for ice house locations. The ice houses, bait and transportation to the houses will be furnished by Arnesen’s Rocky Point Resort in Roosevelt.

Program supporters who purchase a Holes for Poles ticket but are unable to fish on Sunday can use their ticket any Sunday during the 2013-14 fishing season with a call-ahead reservation to the resort.

The Line Worker program training site in Baudette is operated by the Wadena campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Holes for Poles is sponsored by the Wadena Area College

Foundation, which raises money and develops programs to support student scholarships, alumni relations, and program and equipment needs on behalf of the campus.

The Foundation is also sponsoring a Holes for Poles raffle, with a grand prize of an open water fishing package valued at $1,000 from Arnesen’s Rocky Point Resort.

Tickets are $75 for the Social and Shore Lunch and day of ice fishing, and $15 for the Social and Shore Lunch only. Raffle tickets are $10. For event or raffle tickets, contact Dan Hoskins at North Star Electric in Baudette at 218-634-2202, or in Wadena contact M State Lisa Reddick at 218-631-7931 or

M State’s Wadena campus enrolls 65 students in its one-year diploma and two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program for line workers. High demand for the program led M State to open its one-year line worker program in Baudette in 2010.

For more information about the program, contact Lisa Reddick at 218.631.7931 or visit

As a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, M State serves more than 9,000 students in credit courses each year in more than 70 career and liberal arts programs at its four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, and through eCampus. By partnering with communities, the college also provides custom training services and other responsive training programs.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and is an equal opportunity educator / employer.