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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)1 / 2
Trista Sandgren smiles as she holds up her .75-pound sunfish she caught on Smith Lake. (Contributed)2 / 2

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.

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.


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

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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