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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.

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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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