The 14th annual Fishing For the Cure ice fishing challenge drew a record crowd last month to Smith Lake, with 1,436 participating, and raised $75,000 to help fight cancer.

Alexandria Industries employees and volunteers put on the event each year, with all proceeds going to American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Douglas County. The company also holds other fundraising events throughout the year for Relay for Life.

Last year the American Cancer Society named Alexandria Industries the top fundraising team in Minnesota, second in a 13-state region and 33rd in the nation.

"We cannot possibly thank our amazing volunteers and the incredible generosity of more than 100 sponsors, whose support allows us to host our ice fishing tournament to raise such huge sums of money," said Lynette Kluver, the company's director of organizational development.

"We are forever grateful for every contribution made by many people to help those who are fighting cancer and to find a cure."

The big game prize winner was Dillion Bock, who won a drone and Arrowwood Big Splash. The 50/50 winner was Brandon Nelson, who won $3,517.

Raffle winners included: Nate Larson, ice castle fish house; Joyce Iverson, four-wheeler; Don Dickey, clam shelter; Brent Steinhouse, Arrowwood stay; Kevin Hockert, Big Buddy heater; Ryan Jones, Honda generator; Sterling Proszek, Timberwolves tickets; and Bennie Hedstrom, ice auger.

Door prize winners were: Jessica Bolstad, Aluma model trailer; Cat Hinrichs, access roll-up cover; Jeff Thompson, Smith Lake Resort weekend stay; Thomas Henry, Strike Master ice auger; and Angie Seidel, $150 cash.