Soapsuds Hollow: Fisherman today benefit from Dells innovation
November 05. 2013 1:26PM
Anyone who ever walked through a sporting goods department has probably noticed that yellow and white minnow bucket with the little black door. It was an idea conceived in Dell Rapids.
Titus Unger lived on the Jasper Road, a couple of blocks east of Garfield Avenue. He came up with the idea of a minnow bucket equipped with a door to trap minnows while the bucket was pulled behind a boat. It’s a "flow-through" design, which is now one of the most popular minnow buckets available.
Titus wasn't the only Dell Rapids fisherman who patented an invention. Louie Gednalske had his little beeper.
Louie came up with a device to hold a fishing rod and beeped when a fish would pull the line. The tension activated a battery-operated bicycle horn. Louie called it his "little beeper," but it was marketed as a "bite detector." I’ve heard that Gene Alberts had two of them.