An estimated 10,000 anglers headed for Gull Lake for the annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Saturday. They had no problem finding a place to pull up a bucket; organizers had drilled 20,000 holes.
Steven Baumgartner of Owatonna, who landed a 6.73 pound northern pike, won the competition — and a truck. He told the Brainerd Dispatch he just happened to try a new hole just before the competition ended on Saturday.
He’s been attending the annual event for the last 10 years and, until Saturday, had never caught a fish.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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