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Northfield proposes fishing ban on the boardwalk Options
Mark Dahlquist
#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 07, 2016 1:27:42 PM
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s.t.fanatic
#2 Posted : Wednesday, September 07, 2016 4:46:00 PM
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Ive had more than a few hooks buried in my skin while fishing and Im still fine.
Mark Dahlquist
#3 Posted : Wednesday, September 07, 2016 5:52:46 PM
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I called the mayor and it turns out the vote was 3-3 and no ordinance is set. This is tabled until next spring. Laurie called the mayor last night as she was upset he did not show up as she was counting on his vote but he is recovering from hip surgery. So it was a close call. Fishermen need to be present at the next city hall meeting next spring when this is discussed again.
-Mark
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mbchilton
#4 Posted : Thursday, September 08, 2016 12:14:47 AM
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Kinda makes me wanna grab a rod and head to Northfield.
Setterlover
#5 Posted : Thursday, September 08, 2016 8:24:19 PM
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Would be interesting to challenge any ruling in the restaurants favor on this under MN Amendment #3 passed in 1998 which states "hunting and fishing and the taking of game and fish are a valued part of our heritage that shall be forever preserved for the people and shall be managed by law and regulation for the public good"

The way I see it, is that since fishing preceded the restaurant, it's the restaurants duty to protect their patrons from this hazard they've recognized in the form of flying hooks. Although the ultimate tort should rest with the person on the end of the line.
Mark Dahlquist
#6 Posted : Thursday, September 08, 2016 10:29:13 PM
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Yesterday the mayor did say that Laurie has a permit to serve customers on a small portion of the boardwalk. Since then she has built a deck on her own property behind the boardwalk up high and away from fishermen. Get rid of her permit and let us fish. This is a public boardwalk. The city of Northfield can create an ordinance however. We need to be diligent next spring when this gets brought up again and voted on.
-Mark
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