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Class of 2022 Inductees Announced!


Little Falls, MN — Thursday, February 3, 2022
Four individuals and two organizations will be enshrined by the Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota in 2022. Inductees in the Individual Legends category include Minnesota Fishing Museum founder – our very own Al Baert. Entrepreneur and half of Elliott Fishing Rods – Gregg Thorne, Marty and Scott Glorvigen along with their digital media platform Wired2Fish, and Joe’s Sporting Goods round out this year’s inductee list. The Hall of Fame annually recognizes up to four individuals and two groups or organizations that have made a major impact on Minnesota’s sport fishing industry.

The Hall stands to recognize all passionate fishing promoters, whether they have made a difference through education, legislation, guiding, manufacturing, media promotions or other means. Individuals must be a state resident, have lived in Minnesota for a minimum of 25 years, be at least 50 years of age, and have made meritorious contributions to the sport of fishing. Businesses and organizations may also be nominated, provided they are registered in Minnesota and have made similar noteworthy contributions to fishing. Nominations are accepted from the general public, and the list is reduced to the top ten by current Hall members, after which finalists are voted on for induction.







AL BAERT It all began with an offer of a measly $3 for his 1912 Surf Oreno lure, and a homemade brochure asking for donations of fishing equipment. Al Baert and his long-time friend, Morrie Sauve, partnered up to amass over 20,000 artifacts. Over the years, additions to the collection have included an aquarium, an ice fishing display, art work by Minnesota artist Les Kouba, outboard motors, dozens of trophy fish, and so much more. This collection is a dream come true and is now known as the Minnesota Fishing Museum & Hall of Fame in Little Falls.









GREGG THORNE Fishing was never a leisurely past time for Gregg Thorne.  An obsession for fishing led Gregg and his brother Paul to begin building custom fishing rods in 1981. This was the beginning of Thorne Bros Custom Rod & Tackle, the Fly Angler and Muskie Fever mail order catalog. In 1993 Gregg and Paul sold the business and pursued separate career paths. Gregg became a regional manager for the Cortland Line Co. and Diamondback Rods and for the next 13 years traveled overseas for rod design and development. In 2008, he joined PRADCO Fishing and became the Lindy Brand Manager in 2012. In 2016 Gregg started Elliott Rods and recruited brother Paul to join him in the rod business forming Two Brothers Innovations manufacturing Elliott and 2B fishing rods








MARTY & SCOTT GLORVIGEN In 1987, Marty and Scott, identical twins, started Gemini Sport Marketing, a fishing accessory and custom apparel company — a business model that mixed fishing and retail. As fierce competitors on several professional walleye circuits across the US and Canada, they also enjoyed a 23 year run with Pro’s Pointers Television in TV broadcast markets educating and entertaining anglers with “how-to-tips” aired in primetime broadcast news. In 2008, they successfully launched Wired2Fish which has become one of the most influential digital media platforms in the outdoor industry today.

WIRED2FISH was launched in February of 2008, and has become the leading content provider in freshwater fishing. Wired2Fish serves original, 100% owned, authentic and well-produced written and HD video content as well as award winning creative photography to everyday anglers (and Pros, too) with tips and tools from people that are relatable to all anglers. The team offers fun, valuable information to anglers that want to learn how to be better fishermen. Wired2Fish recently became the namesake of a new CTV Channel (Wired2fishTV) launched in 2021.






JOE’S SPORTING GOODS started as a Buick repair garage in 1930. When founder Joseph J. Rauscher recognized his customers’ need for live bait, he began selling minnows. The garage soon became known as Joe’s Live Bait and quickly grew to include a wide range of outdoor activities. The current Joe’s Sporting Goods store opened in August 2003, and our online store followed soon after to serve customers nationwide. Today the store is owned by Joseph H. and James Rauscher, sons of Joe and Loretta. As a family-owned and operated business since the beginning, we’re committed to providing our customers with the highest quality, best value, and finest service in the outdoor industry. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, you can always count on Joe’s to get you there.

The official enshrinement will take place on Friday, September 23, 2022 at the Rice Creek Hunting, Rec and Event Center in Little Falls.


About The Hall and The Museum a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit Organization

The Fishing Hall of Fame of Minnesota promotes angling in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and honors those individuals and organizations who have contributed so much to our fishing legacy. As a non-profit outreach organization, we’re dedicated to teaching Minnesotans about our state’s fishing history and preserving its future.

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How The Museum Came About…

The idea of a fishing museum began in 1990. Al Baert, of Sartell, MN, was researching one of his “old lures”, a 1912 Surf Oreno, manufactured by the South Bend Bait Company. Looking at the 4″ wooden lure in his hand, he realized it was not the value or dollar amount that was so meaningful, but rather the wonderful stories and memories it represented – a piece from a past era.

Al soon contacted his long-time friend, Morry Sauve, of St. Cloud, MN, and they began to lay the foundation for the Minnesota Fishing Museum. Flyers requesting donations of old fishing memorabilia were printed and mailed to friends. Items from all across Minnesota flowed in like a river; people realized it was better to donate items to the museum rather than keep them stored in garages or basements. Housed in a museum the pieces could be appreciated for their history instead of just collecting dust. For the donors, it was a chance to give recognition to significant people in their lives who enjoyed fishing, who share a part in Minnesota’s great fishing history.

By 1995 Al’s basement took on the look of a 1940’s tackle shop. Items occupied every square inch of available space. It was now time to locate a permanent home for the artifacts; one that could not only serve as a showcase for the items but that could also be an education center for future fishing generations.

In 1998, the Little Falls City Council unanimously welcomed the Minnesota Fishing Museum and donated space in the north end of the historic Cass Gilbert Depot building. After six months the museum outgrew its space and moved to the current site at 304 West Broadway, Little Falls, MN.

In 2006 a remodeling project created over 10,000 square feet to display thousands of donated artifacts. When you stop in for a visit you will view well-known manufactures: Pflueger, Evinrude, Hedden, Martin, South Bend and Creak Chub, and others. You can also catch a glimpse of the not-so-well-known: Frog Skin Bait, Jim Dandy, Spoony Fish and Leaping Lena, just to name a few. Click here to learn about becoming a member.

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