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Hooked on a new hobby: DNR hosts Karen community members at Lake Rebecca

With help from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, members of the Karen community practiced casting, learned how to bait a hook, then tried their angling techniques on the local bluegill population. Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR1 / 4
Kids from the Karen community tried their luck fishing at Lake Rebecca. Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR2 / 4
Fishing equipment was available for Karen children during the July 15 event at Lake Rebecca. Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR3 / 4
Minnesota DNR officials helped kids bait their hook. Photo courtesy of the DNR4 / 4

Some 50 youth and their family members of the Karen community who are recent immigrants from Burma got a chance to learn about one of Minnesota's favorite pastimes at Lake Rebecca on Saturday, July 15.

With help from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the group practiced casting, learned how to bait a hook, then tried their angling techniques on the local bluegill population. The event was co-sponsored by DNR and the Karen Organization of Minnesota, which assists people who have fled Burma to escape oppression. More than 12,000 Karen people live in Minnesota, making it the largest Karen community in the country.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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