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Limit Creek Fishing Rods, a labor of love


Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Jim Wernimont has lived in Spring Valley since 2000 and for most of that time, he co-owned several Culver’s Restaurants, which kept him busily commuting to the Rochester area to oversee operations. That made it tough to find enough time to spend with his wife and kids, and he also enjoys spending time fishing.

Jim describes a conversation he had with Turk Gierke (a fishing guide who started Limit Creek Fishing Rod Company in 2004 in Hudson, Wisc.). “I was getting geared up for last year’s Trout Day. I’d asked Turk if he’d donate a guided trip, and at the end of the call he asked me, “’So, ya wanna buy a rod company?’ I laughed, but then a couple months later, I was researching my possibilities, and the idea made some sense, so I bought it from him in September”. Jim says the job change has given him more family time, and allows him to work at something he has a passion for.

Limit Creek currently offers a line of rods designed by the former owner, but Jim is working on expanding the offerings. He explains, “Next month, I’ve got two new spinning rods coming out, geared mostly for stream and small river fishing, but they can be used out of a boat for bass and walleye, so they’re really multi-use rods. And then I’ll be bringing out three high-end fly rods, which only makes sense in this area. They’ll be called the Driftless Dream line. And later I plan to offer ice fishing rods too. I’ve looked around, and other than a couple of custom companies, I don’t think there’s another fishing rod company in Minn.”.

Right now, Limit Creek runs from Jim’s home, but he has an excellent website for the company, and will start selling his rods at Spring Valley True Value soon as well. There are ten regional distributors in Minn. and Wisc. and he’d like to eventually grow the company to the point where he could have a storefront, but for now he says it’s all about growing the brand and name recognition. He is also working out details of partnering with the National Trout Center in Preston, with a portion of sales there going to support the Center.

Regarding the upcoming Trout Day event, Jim says this will be the 15th annual Trout Day. Entertainment will be by Al Batt, a local ornithologist, author, humorist and storyteller. There will be a free hotdog roast, and prizes. He says one highlight of Trout Day is always the electrofishing, in which the DNR staff performs their sur .....
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Philip Snyder

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Philip W. Snyder were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 9 at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley, Minn., located one-half mile west of Kwik Trip, with the pastors Joe Haynes and Ben Snyder officiating. Visitation was he ..... 
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Loretta Staples

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Funeral services for Loretta Staples was held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring Valley, Minn., with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in ..... 
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Letter about sharing opinions...

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, It made me proud to live in Fillmore County when I read and observed all the different and numerous opinions/commentary sent in and published in this last week’s Fillmore County Journal. Wow, there are many here who take the job of ..... 
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Fillmore County resident is a lottery winner

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

ROSEVILLE, MN. – Congratulations to David Ewald of Spring Valley. Ewald won $21,000 by playing the Lottery’s Spring Fever Crossword scratch game. Ewald claimed the prize on April 1, 2015. The winning ticket was purchased at Fareway Stores Inc. ..... 
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Traffic stop turned into high speed car chase

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

On Friday evening, March 27, 2015, at approximately 7:57 p.m., a Fillmore County Deputy conducted a traffic stop at East Grant St. and North Section Ave, in the City of Spring Valley. The traffic stop was for an equipment violation. As the deputy ap ..... 
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Letter about abortion...

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Did you know that abortion facilities in Minn. are unlicensed and uninspected? It’s true. The Department of Health has no authority over abortion centers. Is it right that these places, which perform one of the most common surgical ..... 
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Mitchel Lentz wins a seat on the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The ballots are in, which means the votes are in, as well. In the ripple effect that started with Tom Kaase winning the November 2014 election to be named the Sheriff of Fillmore County, Kaase’s seat as Commissioner for District 1 became an open ..... 
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Safety and Storm Spotter Training offered by National Weather Service

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be holding a Severe Weather Safety Presentation and a SKYWARN Spotter Training in Spring Valley, Minn. on Monday, April 13. The safety class will begin at 5 p.m. and the spotter training will start around 6:30 ..... 
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