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Fishing for Life

Tom Goodrich was sitting in an Army tent in sweltering, dusty Afghanistan, typing an e-mail to his family when he got a message from God. It was a feeling in his head and his heart that he didn’t understand at first. Something about 10,000 kids.

At the time, the Army captain was writing a book for his son and thought, “Cool — 10,000 kids will read this book.” He meditated on it; God elaborated. Goodrich discerned that he was supposed to go home and motivate 10,000 kids to raise money for the inner city.

from the Fishing for Life website, https://www.fishingforlife.org/

Today, Fishing for Life runs several fundraising events throughout the year.  I help with the Holes for Heroes event on the first Saturday every February.

Holes 4 Heroes is a special Ice Fishing Contest designed to honor our military. Proceeds support the ministries of Fishing for Life.

At Holes 4 Heroes, we work with all branches of the military to honor our troops. We set up a unique “Hole of Honor” where families of deployed soldiers can ice fish for free while being linked via video to their beloved soldier. We also stream event highlights over the Internet and facilitate the Saturday afternoon radio show from AM1280, The Patriot.

This is one of the coolest events in the United States.  In more ways than one.  Overheating equipment has never been a problem here.

Juggling all those Internet data streams on top of the ice requires lots of technology and coordination.  That’s what I do.

A special thanks to Nextera Telecom for bringing wireless Internet onto the top of frozen Medicine Lake every year. And to Century Link for bringing 1 gb fiber to the top of White Bear Lake.

Holes for Heroes is growing in popularity and attracting local TV coverage.  Here are highlights from

If you want to help out with any Fishing for Life events or if you want to donate, just contact me and let me know.  I’ll put you in touch with the right people.

How to make fishing holes on a frozen lake in Minnesota.

Blair Walsh Wide Left field goal contest on top of White Bear Lake, Feb. 3, 2018

Holes 4 Heroes live video stream