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What's Up Outdoors: Motorcycle club raises funds for veteran hunting, fishing events

Jamie Dietman (second from left) poses with members of the Big Wood chapter of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, who worked with Dietman to raise funds for Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. Submitted photo

This week I've been away from fishing, which is OK, since I have a musky tournament starting Friday and it will be 30 hours of casting and reeling.

And hopefully a few fish biting, or at least seeing a few 50-inchers. Everyone says that's just musky fishing, but i really like catching more than fishing. No matter how the tournament plays out it will be a lot of work. That's all part of the game i guess.

So, with some down time I got to take care of some other things that needed to be done. And one of them was something great. I recently received a call from a good friend about donating to a good program that helps veterans. The Big Wood chapter of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club had a fundraiser and wanted to donate to an organization that helped veterans.

So I immediately contacted my friend at the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota and agreed that they would receive the donation to be used for the Camp Ripley outdoor programs. So next year the disabled veterans deer hunt and turkey hunt and Trolling for the Troops will benefit from this great group of guys.

I often get asked what my truck is all about and always get thanked, but this is by far the best "thank you" to veterans I've gotten to be a part of. And for that I would like to give a huge thanks to all the guys at the Big Wood IOMC.