Under the direction of industrial technology teacher Alan Flinck, welding and advanced woods students at Greenway High School have used their skills to create a spear house for the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association Northern Lakes Chapter in Grand Rapids. The darkhouse was a capstone project that took them about three months to make. Flinck says that “the students seemed to enjoy the project and it was a great way to give back to our community.”
The Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association is a charitable non-profit organization that works to protect the rights of Minnesota residents who would like to spear or angle Northern Pike. They also try to expose more people to the sport as well as inform them about the heritage and methods of darkhouse spearing.
The Northern Lakes chapter, which has about 150 members, is part of the statewide organization that has close to 2000 members.
For seven years now, the chapter has utilized an ice house for member as well as guest use. The ice house has mostly resided on Big Jay Gould Lake south of Cohasset and is used about three to five times per week.
Richard Guertin, the president of the Northern Lakes chapter, states that with the new spear house, “the chapter will have more versatility with accessibility and location.” He notes that the old house will likely move to a different lake while the new one will take its place on Big Jay Gould Lake this upcoming season. An aspect of the new house which will improve the accessibility for the chapter is that the Greenway students created their darkhouse to be handicap accessible. Guertin says that the house will help the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association continue to “provide the opportunity for the fishermen and women of our area to experience a winter sport that is unique and fascinating.”
Those who are interested in trying this experience, contact Guertin at (218) 259-0457.