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

(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) 1 / 27
This little lady, Ellie Melvin, drew the winning ticket for the 50/50 raffle at the 10th annual Bass Lake Ice Fishing Contest. The winner received $1,120. (Photo by Sarah Young) 2 / 27
Milton Hathcock (left) of Osceola was one of the first lucky winners of a raffle drawing for an ice auger at Saturday’s Bass Lake Ice Fishing Contest. Mike “Coldfront” Kurre of the Minnesota DNR emceed the event. He said he loves this event because the money raised goes for youth sports, which “keeps kids off the streets, off computers, off video games and in the gyms and on the fields.” (Photo by Sarah Young) 3 / 27
Mike Reich (right) of River Falls caught this 1.1-pound Northern pike at Saturday’s Bass Lake Ice Fishing Contest. He was the third place winner. He has fished the contest for several years, but this is the first time he’s caught a fish there. (Photo by Sarah Young) 4 / 27
Franklin Schroeder,4, waited patiently to see if he won the 50/50 raffle in the frigid temperatures on Saturday at Bass Lake. Unfortunately, no such luck for Franklin. (Photo by Sarah Young) 5 / 27
Logan Parnell (center) of Somerset won the youth division grand prize of an electric ice auger with a 0.355-pound perch. (Photo by Sarah Young) 6 / 27
Cory and Casie Crowell of New Richmond were looking for something fun to do on a Saturday. This was their first time at the Bass Lake Ice Fishing Contest. (Photo by Sarah Young) 7 / 27
Tony Carufel was one of more than 20 volunteers drilling holes early Saturday morning before the start of the Somerset Youth Athletic Association’s 10th Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)8 / 27
Bobbi Melvin points out the boundaries of the contest area to participants during the SYAA’s ice fishing contest Saturday on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 9 / 27
Getting your gear to a hole was half the battle Saturday during the Somerset Youth Athletic Association’s 10th Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 10 / 27
You had to really love ice fishing to compete in Saturday’s chilly contest on Bass Lake benefiting the Somerset Youth Athletic Association. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 11 / 27
Gracie Brown (right) and Alexis Vossen (left), of Somerset, think this might be the year they actually catch a fish during the Somerset Youth Athletic Association’s 10th Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 12 / 27
Old school. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 13 / 27
Fish whisperer, Justin Diedrich, of Hudson, peers down his ice fishing hole in search of a winner. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 14 / 27
Justin Diedrich, of Hudson, takes a closer look for fish during the SYAA’s ice fishing contest Saturday on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 15 / 27
Most importantly, you needed a heater to keep the beer from freezing during Saturday’s ice fishing contest on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 16 / 27
KFAN’s Mike “Cold Front” Kurre emcees the Somerset Youth Athletic Association’s 10th Annual Ice Fishing Contest Saturday on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 17 / 27
Even a sub zero wind chill couldn’t keep volunteers, Mick Fox (right) Kelly Larson (left) of Somerset, from grilling hot dogs and brats for contestants Saturday on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 18 / 27
Hundreds of ice fishermen braved a sub zero wind chill out on Bass Lake Saturday to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes at the Somerset Youth Athletic Association’s 10th Annual Ice Fishing Contest. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 19 / 27
Tony Lorsung (right) and his grandson, six-year-old Caleb Lorsung of Dresser, teamed up to fish in Saturday’s ice fishing contest benefiting the Somerset Youth Athletic Association. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 20 / 27
Dave Johnson of Roberts holds up a contender during SYAA’s ice fishing contest Saturday on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 21 / 27
Stephanie Anderson (right) and Karen Kanpeau (left) of New Richmond prove they have what it takes to compete in this years SYAA ice fishing contest on Bass Lake...lots of blankets. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 22 / 27
Jason Wood of Somerset takes a break from fish whispering during Saturday’s ice fishing contest on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 23 / 27
A contestant uses everything he brought to fight the wind and fish comfortably during the Somerset Youth Athletic Association’s 10th Annual ice fishing contest on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 24 / 27
Three young fishermen man minnow scooping and hole clearing duties during Saturday’s ice fishing contest on Bass Lake. Matthew Hansen, Osceola (right), Evelyn Lintblom, Osceola (middle), Jacob Hansen, Osceola (left). (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 25 / 27
Even though it was really cold, this is not what it looks like. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 26 / 27
J. D. Greenberg, of Osceola, used the partial igloo approach to fight the wind during Saturday's ice fishing contest on Bass Lake. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 27 / 27

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.

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.

Melvin said they raised between $6,000 and $8,000 to give back to the SYAA. The 50/50 raffle raised $1,120 for the organization.

Anglers from as far away as San Diego, Calif., tried their luck at Bass Lake.

Josh Nelson of New Richmond won the grand prize of $10,000 with a 1.895-pound Northern pike.

Cole White of Grantsburg took second place and an Ion electric auger and a Quick Flip 2 ice fishing shelter with a 1.465-pound Northern pike.

Third place winner Mike Reich of River Falls reeled in a 1.105-pound Northern pike to win an Eskimo Shark Z51 ice auger.

Logan Parnell of Somerset took the youth division’s top honors with a 0.355-pound perch. He won an Ion electric auger.

 
Sarah Young

Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in 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. 

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