Chapter Awards

The Twin Cities gives several awards to its members and associates including the President’s Award presented to individuals or organizations to honor and thank them and the chapter Muskie Award presented each year to a deserving chapter member. In addition, several members of the Twin Cities chapter have been inducted into the national Muskies, Inc. Hall of Fame.


PRESIDENT’S AWARD

The President’s Award is presented to a person or business when deemed appropriate by the board to honor and thank them. Qualifications include: service to the TC Chapter of Muskies, Inc.; helping the muskie resource; and/or helping with the goals of Muskies, Inc.

The first President’s Award was presented to FRANKIE DUSENKA of Frankie’s Marine at the 2011 Sportsman’s Banquet for the support in the form of boats for raffles and tournaments, equipment storage, providing ponds for raising fish that he and Frankie’s Marine has given the chapter for many years. 

DENISE OLSON received the President’s Award at the 2014 Sportsman’s Banquet for the quantity and quality of the work she does on behalf of the Twin Cities Chapter of Muskies, Inc.

JEFF ARNOLD on behalf of Reed’s Family Outdoor Outfitters was awarded the President’s Award at the 2015 Frank Schneider Memorial Muskie Tournament for the contributions Jeff, the Arnold family and Reed’s has made to the tournament over its many years.

JOHN UNDERHILL and AARON MEYER received the President’s Award in 2015 for their outstanding dedication and service to the purposes of the Minnesota Muskie Pike Alliance and the protection and advancement of muskies and muskie-fishing in the State of Minnesota.


MUSKIE AWARD

The Muskie Award is presented each year to a deserving chapter member who has constantly and unselfishly devoted time and energy over the years to promoting and improving the goals of Muskies, Inc.

The first Muskie Award (called Mr. Muskie) was presented to Muskies, Inc. founder Gil Hamm in 1974. At that time, the national umbrella had not yet been formed and the award recipient was chosen from among all Muskies, Inc. members regardless of chapter affiliation. Once there were a number of chapters, it became too difficult to choose a recipient from the entire organization and the national Muskie Award was dropped. The Twin Cities chapter made the decision to continue it for our chapter.

2020
Linda and Dave Knutson
2019
Carol, Dennis and Jake Heath
2018
Denise Olson and Elaine Randolph
2017
Andy Wayt
2016  
Eric Bakke
2015  
Vince Trotta
2014  
Jim Doyle
2013  
Tom Keith
2012  
Jim Kroupa
2011
Eric Schultz
2010
Greg Ide
2009  
Shawn Kellett
2008  
George Selcke
2007
Brad Coyne
2006  
Stu McIntosh and Diane Dahl
2005
Denise Olson
2004
Joe DeMars

2003
Tom Glander, John Olson and Larry Poskin
2002 
Juris Ozols
2001  
Paul Hartman
2000
Patti Slack
1999
NONE
1998  
Greg and Elaine Randolph
1997
Teri DuBe’
1996  
Kenneth Kirk
1995  
Jeri Glander and Russ Peterson
1994  
Dan and Lynne Kline
1993  
Frank Schneider
1992
George Wahl
1991  
Turk Guderjan
1990
Dave Griffin
1989     
John Newman
1988   
Rick Hartz

1987    
Smokey Swenson
1986     
Roger Klingensmith
1985  
Tom Meyers
1984     
Lynn Trombley
1983     
Jeri Glander
1982     
Vince Rakow
1981     
Lou Cook
1980  
Frank Schneider

Mr. Muskie Award prior to national being formed

1979   
Larry Ramsell
1978     
Pete Hadley
1977     
Rich Ruhl
1976     
Hugh Becker
1975     
Darrell Trumbauer
1974     
Gil Hamm


MUSKIES, INC. HALL OF FAME

Twin Cities chapter members who have been inducted into the Muskies, Inc. National Hall of Fame are:

1991
Hugh Becker
Rich Ruhl
Peter Hadley  
Frank Schneider
Tom Meyers
Ed Peterka    
Bob Hill
Jerry Jurgens
George Selcke

1992
Vince Rakow      
Tom Fudally
Helen Ness     
1993
Jeri Glander  
1997
Rod Ramsell
2001
Smokey Swenson     

2006
Gil Hamm
George Wahl
2007
Juris Ozols
2012
Denise Olson
2018
Terrie Dube’
Vince Trotta