The fishing derby on Sleepy Lake Sunday afternoon drew a huge crowd, despite the very cold temps—the sunshine must have kept everyone happy.
The fishing derby on Sleepy Lake Sunday afternoon drew a huge crowd, despite the very cold temps—the sunshine must have kept everyone happy. Lynn Krenz of the Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club said they had 832 people registered to fish and an estimated crowd of 1,200 on the ice. Bill Pelzel was the winner of the big raffle prize—the Ice Castle Fish House. Pictured (left) are the fishing contest winners, from left: (kneeling) first place game fish, Aubrey Kuelbs—four pound-six ounce northern; third place game fish, Heidi Suess—three pound-six ounce northern; first place pan fish, Jace Hinderman—12 ounce crappie; second place pan fish, Madden Hinderman—11 ounce crappie; third place pan fish, Logan Shoen, 10 ounce crappie and fourth place pan fish, Kyle Goblirsch—9 ounce crappie. Not pictured: second place game fish, Nathan Reller—four pound-four ounce northern and fourth place game fish, Lori Bauer—three pound-five ounce northern. (Center) Aubrey Stevens of Redwood Falls posed with the ice sculpture created by Jeff Zinniel. (Right) Kaybree Haala, daughter of Heather and Brent Haala, and Hudson Braulick, son of Casie and Tom Braulick, squinted in the bright sunlight (little kids don’t like it when I make them pose with their faces in the sunlight) as they toasted marshmallows on the fire, both provided by AmericInn.