It was the perfect day to be in a boat on a lake June 6. For 24 local veterans, that was exactly what they did as they partook in the second annual veterans’ fishing outing on Two Rivers Lake.

Eight boats and pontoons launched into the water at the lake’s public water access. With fishing bait and tackle in tow, and an American flag to grace each vessel, volunteers and veterans eagerly prepared for an afternoon of fishing and camaraderie.

“It was a beautiful day and it went great,” said Ronald Scegura, coordinator of the event. “It wasn’t very windy. I caught two walleyes right away. Time went too fast, of course.”

Scegura, who is a member of the St. Anna Sportman’s Club and Holdingford American Legion, got the idea for this event last year after receiving requests for donations to send veterans on fishing outings in other parts of the state. The event went so well last year, Scegura decided to coordinate it again this year.

The national anthem was sung by Alaina Laing before boaters left the shore to fish.

Fletcher Bait Store in Sauk Centre and Nancy’s Bait & Tackle in Grey Eagle donated fishing bait. St. Anna Sportsman’s Club sponsored the event, providing food, drinks, boats and guides. Friends of Two Rivers Lake also provided a boat.

Following the fish outing was a fish fry at the Holdingford American Legion. Fish caught that day were cleaned and prepared into a tasty meal for veterans, volunteers and their families. Randy Roehl and Bob Kobylinski, Holdingford Legion members, fried the fish.

“I know we fried over 40 pounds of clean fish,” Scegura said. “Everybody had a good time and there was more than enough to eat.”