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(from left) Bass Lake Ice Fishing Contest emcee Mike “Coldfront” Kurre, the grand prize winner Josh Nelson of New Richmond and event spokesman John Melvin. Nelson won by snagging a 1.895-pound Northern pike. (Photo by Ron Hill)

Brrr! 10th annual Bass Lake contest is a frosty one

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More than 700 hearty souls braved Saturday’s below zero wind chills for a chance to win $10,000 at the 10th annual Somerset Youth Athletic Association’s Ice Fishing Contest at Bass Lake.

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According to event spokesman John Melvin, attendance was down from recent years due to the bitterly cold weather. However, many non-anglers came out on the ice to enjoy the food, beer and buy raffle tickets, which helped raise more money for the SYAA.

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News. She covers primarily Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. Before working at the New Richmond News, she was an assistant manager at Philander's Grill & Bar in Prescott. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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