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Jesse Barnum of Park Rapids stares deep into his fish hole, looking for perch. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Community Fishing Derby features 2,000 anglers on ice

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A town of anglers 2,000 strong materialized on Fish Hook Lake Saturday as Park Rapids' 13th annual Community Fishing Derby kicked off.

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Funny hats, minnow swallowing and yes, fishing, characterized the massive annual event that gives away more than $100,000 in prizes.

Platoons of cheerful volunteers, it seemed like one for every participant, drove school buses, served pancakes, acted as parking lot attendants and shuttle drivers as the annual event ran smoothly.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
(218) 732-3364
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