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Angler gets jail time for cheating in tournament

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A Long Prairie angler was given seven days in jail Monday for cheating at the Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Derby this winter.

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Alfred "Tom" Mead, 72, pleaded guilty in Hubbard County District Court to a felony charge of theft by swindle May 20, for sneaking a previously caught fish into the tournament February 2.

Mead admitted to catching two northern pike on another lake and keeping them alive to bring to the American Legion tournament.

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