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Paralyzed Minnesota fishing guide wins van in national contest

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A Minnesota veteran has won a retrofitted 2013 Toyota Sienna XLE van in a national contest sponsored by Penzoil and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Navy veteran Hank Ebert is the only recognized paraplegic fishing guide in the state, KARE 11 reports.

“I enjoy helping others become reacquainted with the outdoors after being injured or disabled, whether young or old, newly injured or long-term disabled, veteran or civilian,” Ebert says in the contest press release.

Ebert, of Nisswa, was paralyzed from the waist down after a crash in 1970, not long after he got out of the Navy, the Pine and Lakes Echo reports. He was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he was struck by a drunk driver, the newspaper reports.

He's been a fishing guide for 37 years, the newspaper reports. “I enjoy being on the water, I enjoy catching fish and I enjoy meeting new people,” he told the publication.

Ebert was one of three winners in the national contest. Each received a vehicle retrofitted to their needs, the Associated Press reported.

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