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This group of St. Cloud men known as Team Bobber participated in the annual polar plunge. More than 100 teams took the plunge, raising more than $30,000 for the Walker Area Community Center. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

Eelpout Festival under way with 10,000 on the ice at Leech Lake

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The riotous celebration in Walker that celebrates a gnarly-looking fish and some winter wardrobes to match got under way this weekend as 10,000 rabblerousers colonized Leech Lake and swelled the local population ten-fold.


It was, of course, the 31st annual Eelpout Festival.

"I've had 17 years of ice fun," said Chuck English of Pequot Lakes, Minn., as he stirred up breakfast on his icehouse stove Saturday morning while opening a beer.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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