Fourth annual fishing tournament numbers high
by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
More than 300 people braved the cold Saturday, Feb. 2, to participate in the fourth annual Habitat for Humanity fishing tournament. Northern, bass, tullibee (also called cisco or lake herring), crappie, sunfish and walleye were all biting.
The winning fish was a 2.24-pound, 17 1/2-inch- long northern, caught by Jordan Doroff. His prize was $1,000.
The total prize money for fishing was $2,750. The fishing winners were: 1. Jordan Doroff, 2. David Frantesl, 3. Marv Lemke, 4. Judy Zimner, 5. Gary Pogatchnik, 6. Steve Frantesl, 7. Steve Welle, 8. Randy Bergquist, 9. Peggy Johnson and 10. Brandon Moore.
Raffle winners also sharing $2,750 in prizes were: 1. Bob Holtz, 2. Shawn Edin, 3. Andy Otremba, 4. David Petersen, 5. Tom DeFrance, 6. Jordan Thieschafer, 7. Pam Moore, 8. Carolyn Fruechte, 9. Jamie Adams and 10. Tracy Wisner.
Patrick Goebel and six of his brothers and brothers-in-law fished at the tournament for the fourth year. They came out the day before and drilled all the fishing holes in the ice.
“We keep coming back because at other tournaments, you don’t see the large number of fish being pulled out that you see here,” said Goebel. “I’ve talked with other people, and hands down — this is the best tournament.”
Tournament sponsors were: Aspire Realty, Van’s Construction, Wild Nights DJ, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Bieganek Insurance, Enercept, Becker Screen Printing and Design, Randall State Bank, Gosch’s Store, Dr. Greg Hubbard, Zeigler Plumbing and Heating, ProBuild, Randall State Insurance, Wiczek’s Floors and More, Swanville Insurance – Kuehn Agency, Andy’s Charter Service, Alpine Cabinetry, Keith Kruschke CPA Services, Speer Chiropractic, Da Fishin’ Hole, Ryan Electric, Absolute Restoration and Construction and Hilmerson Sports Center.
“We had a great crew of volunteers,” said Habitat Executive Director Kathy Kahlhamer. “We are so grateful to Jeff Hines’ group at Aspire Realty and the crew from Van’s Construction who do everything to make this a successful fishing contest. It’s not such a stretch to think that you are building community and helping to build a Habitat house by ice fishing.”