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Central St. Croix Area Chamber fishing tourney a slam dunk

Winners of the sixth annual Central St. Croix Area Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament, held Saturday, Jan. 31 at Twin Lakes in the Town of Warren, included: Youth Winner RileyBecker,firstplaceRyanBerg,secondplaceDaveSandquist,thirdplace Paul Johnson, fourth place Luke Brown and fifth place Shane Becker. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Jerry Mueller was the winner of a 55-inch TV raffle at the Central St. Croix Area Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament after-party at the Sidetrack Saloon in Roberts on Saturday, Jan. 31. (Submitted photo) 2 / 2

The Central St. Croix Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored their sixth annual Ice Fishing Tournament last Saturday, Jan. 31, at Twin Lakes in the Town of Warren west of Roberts. The weather cooperated with this year’s event and the turnout for fishing was spectacular.  Organizers said that even though it was a bit chilly on the lake, there was no blizzard or sub-zero temperatures to deter folks from coming out and having some fun.

The winning fishermen  included Youth Winner Riley Becker, first place Ryan Berg, second place Dave Sandquist, third place Paul Johnson, fourth place Luke Brown and fifth place Shane Becker.

Once the fishing was done, the tournament “After Party” continued at the Sidetrack Saloon and Grill in downtown Roberts from noon to 4 p.m. There everyone could get some wonderful homemade chili (made by Tricia Dull, co-owner of the Sidetrack) hot dogs, chips and beverages or food to order from the grill. With the warmth of the indoors everyone was able to participate in a  meat raffle (meat purchased from Roberts Neighborhood Foods), spinning wheel chances for prizes, dice games, door prizes and the main raffle.

Lucky winners of the big raffle prizes were:

-- James Cave, $5,000 in Polaris Dollars                           

-- James Cave, $500 Cabela’s Gift Card                                 

-- Matt Delander, $300 BP Amoco Gift Card            

-- Jerry Mueller , 55-inch large screen TV               

-- Lori Edelman, $150 Local Business Gift Card Package

Other prizes for the day included an ice shack, an autographed Green Bay Packers football, a portable heater, lawn care services, a getaway at Hinckley Grand Casino, a gift basket of beauty products, hand crafted cribbage boards, gift certificates for local businesses and more.

Local Business Sponsors for this year’s tournament were: Air Tec, Back to Black, Bakke Norman Law Office, Roberts Medical Clinic / Baldwin Medical Center, Bob & Steve’s BP, The Cave Inn, Complete Lawn Care, Curves of Roberts, J Haas Excavating, JJ’s Sports Bar, K&C Air Systems, L & M’s Bar & Grill, Lindus Construction, Minuteman Press, Parkside Restaurant, River Valley Ford, Select One Mortgage, Sidetrack Saloon, Stitchin’ Post, Thunder Country, WESTconsin Credit Union and Xcel Energy.

Committee Members who worked this year to make this event happen include: Katie Moll (American Heritage Care Center), Scott Woodington (SCC Middle School), Brian Smith (Back to Black Sealcoating), Lori Gulich (Curves in Roberts), Deb Flettre (Royal Credit Union) and Carol Smith (Stitchin’ Post).

The Central St. Croix Area Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven business organization dedicated to promoting a strong business economy by advocating the interests of the business community and promoting opportunities within the market area. Our goal is to encourage residents to shop locally and support our small businesses in Hammond and Roberts. For more information on how you can get involved in the chamber, visit us at and find us on Facebook.

Submitted by the Central St. Croix Area Chamber of Commerce; compiled by Sarah Young

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. 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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