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People came out in record numbers on Saturday afternoon as more than 3,500 anglers were on the ice at Lake L'Homme Dieu in search of the $20,000 top prize. Photo by Eric Morken.

Challenge met on the ice

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Brandon, South Dakota native Larry Franke had never fished the Alexandria Ice Fishing Challenge until Saturday but vows he'll be back if they hold it again next year.


That is the kind of loyalty one might expect after taking home a $20,000 payday. Franke said it was still sinking in just minutes after it became official that his 2.71-pound northern took top prize out of a record-number of anglers that totaled more than 3,500 people on Lake L'Homme Dieu.

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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