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Fishing for the Cure set for Feb. 16: Tournament raises money for Relay for Life

Josh Steidl of Nelson caught this 8-pound northern during last year's Alexandria Industries Fishing for the Cure ice fishing tournament. The tournament took place on Smith Lake with more than 1,400 anglers competing and more than $50,000 raised. (Celeste Edenloff / Osakis Review)

The 13th annual Alexandria Industries Fishing for the Cure ice fishing tournament is slated for Saturday, Feb. 16. The tourney will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Smith Lake, between Nelson and Osakis.

Prizes will be awarded for the top 100 fish by weight. However, organizers of the annual event said that beyond the prizes and of course, bragging rights for catching the biggest fish, the tournament is hands down a great way to enjoy being on the ice with family and friends. And it is all for a great cause.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the following businesses: Alexandria Industries, Elden's Fresh Foods, Christopherson Bait, Paul's Small Engine or Osakis General Store.

There will also be a raffle drawing the day of the tournament. Raffle tickets can be purchased where event tickets are sold. Raffle prizes include an Ice Castle fish house, CF Moto CForce four-wheeler, Aluma trailer, Honda generator, Otter Cabin portable fish house, Ion ice auger, 55-inch Class 4K HDR TV and a Big Buddy heater.

The Fishing for the Cure tournament honors those who are fighting cancer, those who have fought and won, and those who have suffered from cancer and are no longer here.

The goal of this year's tournament, which is organized by employees of Alexandria Industries, is to raise $100,000.

When the tournament began in 2007, there were 112 participants and $620 was raised. Last year, there were more than 1,350 participants and the tournament raised $57,500 for the American Cancer Society. The money from Fishing for the Cure is donated to the Relay for Life of Douglas County and in the past 12 years, it has donated more than $171,000.

Last year, the American Cancer Society recognized Alexandria Industries as the top fundraising team in Minnesota, the number two fundraiser in the region and the number 10 fundraising team in the country.

If you go

WHAT: Alexandria Industries Fishing for the Cure ice fishing tournament

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16 from noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Smith Lake

TICKETS: Go to or contact event coordinators Robbie Betterman by phone at 320-491-7205 and email at or Nancy Waldorf by phone at 320-808-1932 and email at

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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