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Youth aged 5 to 17 can participate in the Minnesota youth ice fishing season, earning points throughout the winter for the fish they catch. (Contributed)

New ice fishing tourney hopes to reel in youth

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One of Minnesota’s most popular winter activities, ice fishing, will have a new twist this winter.

For the first time, young anglers will be able to participate in a statewide youth ice fishing season.

Yes, add “ice fishing” to the list of structured, competitive wintertime activities for children, complete with coaches, teams and stats.

The American Angler Leagues’ model introduces fishing to children in a structured environment similar to youth sports.

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