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TJ Holmquist holds up his 9.94-pound northern that he caught during the Alexandria Extrusion Ice Fishing tournament on February 15. (Contributed)

Fishing for a good cause

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The annual Alexandria Extrusion Ice Fishing tournament was held on February 15 on Smith Lake as a total of 539 participants helped raise $11,000 for the American Cancer Society with the event.

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Some big fish were caught in the process, including three northerns of more than five pounds. TJ Holmquist caught the biggest one with a northern weighing 9.94 pounds that won him the $75 top-prize that went to each angler with the biggest fish in the walleye, northern, sunfish, crappie and perch divisions.

Lee Oeltjenbruns caught a 7.14-pound northern that won him the $50 second-place prize and Steve Velde caught a 5.61-pound northern that won him $25.

Dave Ollila won the top-walleye award with a 1.13-pound finish. Trista Sandgren was one of the 129 kids that took part in the tournament, and she brought in the top sunfish that weighed .75 pound. Jim Schoenrock’s 1.01-pound crappie took that division and Jay Thompson caught a .49-pound perch to win that division.

ALEXANDRIA EXTRUSION ICE FISHING TOURNAMENT

TOP FINISHERS – WALLEYE – Dave Ollila – first place, 1.13 pounds; Sarah Roers – second place, 0.25 pounds

NORTHERN – Holmquist – first place, 9.94 pounds; Oeltjenbruns – second place, 7.14 pounds; Velde – third place, 5.61 pounds

SUNFISH – Sandgren – first place, .75 pound; Kurt Norling – second place, .74 pound; Nick Norling – third place, .72 pound

CRAPPIE – Schoenrock – first place, 1.01 pound; Eric Olson – second place, .94 pound; Kurt Norling – third place, .80 pound

PERCH – Thompson – first place, .49 pound; Shane Sander – second place, .39 pound; Wyatt Sell - .38 pound

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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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