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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.


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 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. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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