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Published May 12, 2010, 10:01 PM

Ernie the Angler Celebrates 20 Years

Around this time of year people in the WDAZ viewing area can expect fishing tips from a very familiar face, and today marks 20 years since Ernie the Angler first hit the airwaves.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Around this time of year people in the WDAZ viewing area can expect fishing tips from a very familiar face, and today marks 20 years since Ernie the Angler first hit the airwaves.

Ernie the Angler still has one goal.

"Basically inform the anglers if the fish were biting, where they're biting and what they are biting on," Ernie creator, WDAZ Station Manager Rob Horken, said.

Now everyone's favorite fisherman is celebrating 20 years, and he still has some small tips and tricks on where to find the big fish in Grand Forks.

"Right in our backyard we have probably what is still considered not the greatest resource, but it really is; the Red River of the North."

His goal might be simple, but the story behind Horken's beloved character is a bit more complex.

"Back when I was in second grade, I had trouble reading in school and my mother met with a tutor and discovered I was interested in the outdoors."

Horken's tutor told his mom to read him books about the outdoors and have him read them back to her. Within six months he was back on track. He said outdoor activities like fishing made a big impact on his reading, but that's not all the sport can do.

"Fishing is one of those sports you can do as a family, a group. It's enjoying the outdoors."

Horken's his final thought on his 20th anniversary on the air is a familiar phrase to this tv fishing legend.

"Remember to take a kid fishing."

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