The Ice Age

It doesn't matter who really gets to light the victory cigar. Every participant went home feeling like a winner.
Like ants on a disturbed ant hill, angers scurried from hole to hole all day long.
More than 10,000 ice anglers braved 40-below windchills on Minnesota's Gull Lake in hopes of winning a fully loaded Ford 4x4 pickup.
A plastic sled and a five-gallon bucket is mode of choice for travel. But if you get stuck, the Polaris Ranger team will pull you out.
To win this event, you need a whole lot of luck and a whole lot of gear.
When the thermometer reads -17 below, keeping warm is Priority One. It helps to eat right and get your "Minnesota fat."
Head-to-toe protection from the element was the order of the day.
Meet Icicle Man.
What's a Minnesota fishing party without some Minnesota Vikings?
Oh yeah, did we mention that this was a fishing tournament?
How do you spell this event? F-U-N!
StrikeMaster and Fish Trap/Clam were the event's marquee sponsors.
Like a true Minnesotan, Toni Marie works up a sweat in the bitter cold.
Do you know a Ratso from a Rat Finkee jig? Toni Marie does. Naturally, her favorite color is pink.
Toni Marie lets her hair hang out after a tough battle with a stubborn walleye. So what if it got away?
Television crews showed up, but Amber, Brian and Linda at B93.3 FM really carried the banner for this event.
Beer, pizza and a cell phone -- one dandy Minnesota combination.
The leader board was a popular gathering site.
So was the raffle board; Amy Hansen, from Moose Lake, MN, won a King Quad 750 and a fish house.

Throngs of anglers hit the ice for the greatest ice fishing tournament on earth.