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It doesn’t matter who really gets to light the victory cigar. Every participant went home feeling like a winner.
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Like ants on a disturbed ant hill, angers scurried from hole to hole all day long.
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More than 10,000 ice anglers braved 40-below windchills on Minnesota’s Gull Lake in hopes of winning a fully loaded Ford 4×4 pickup.
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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.
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To win this event, you need a whole lot of luck and a whole lot of gear.
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When the thermometer reads -17 below, keeping warm is Priority One. It helps to eat right and get your “Minnesota fat.”
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Head-to-toe protection from the element was the order of the day.
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Meet Icicle Man.
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What’s a Minnesota fishing party without some Minnesota Vikings?
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Oh yeah, did we mention that this was a fishing tournament?
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How do you spell this event? F-U-N!
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StrikeMaster and Fish Trap/Clam were the event’s marquee sponsors.
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Like a true Minnesotan, Toni Marie works up a sweat in the bitter cold.
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Do you know a Ratso from a Rat Finkee jig? Toni Marie does. Naturally, her favorite color is pink.
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Toni Marie lets her hair hang out after a tough battle with a stubborn walleye. So what if it got away?
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Television crews showed up, but Amber, Brian and Linda at B93.3 FM really carried the banner for this event.
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Everyone kept their eyes on the Skull & Crossbones team; they took no prisoners …
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Beer, pizza and a cell phone — one dandy Minnesota combination.
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The leader board was a popular gathering site.
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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.

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