Brainerd ice-fishing tourney investigating 3 prize-winners

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MINNEAPOLIS — Organizers of the Brainerd Jaycees are investigating whether some competitors in this year’s $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza engaged in fraud.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports three of the 150 prize-winners in the Jan. 27 Gull Lake tournament – including the first- and third-place finishers, who are father and son – are being investigated to make sure their fish were caught legitimately. One of the men took home a new truck for first place.

Event chairman Shane Meyer told the Star Tribune that organizers have no proof of cheating, but they’ve placed holds on all three prizes as the investigation is pending.

This year’s event drew an estimated 12,000 anglers to Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay, and organizers bill it as the largest charitable ice-fishing tournament in the world. The contest is organized entirely by volunteers and has raised $3.3 million for charity since its founding.

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