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Izzy, 3, and Quintin, 6, Stiffler of Akeley were among the 227 registered fisher folk on 11th Crow Wing Saturday, both proud of their lunker, about to be weighed. Spencer Hermann won $1,000 in the derby by catching the third place fish. (Jean Ruzicka/Enterprise)

Purple Plungers, fisher folks raise $10,400 and spirits in Akeley's Answer to Cancer

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Kids of all ages arrived on 11th Crow Wing Lake ice Saturday to raise funds for area

residents battling cancer. This year's event


honored its founder, Melissa "Nib" Niblick, who recently lost her battle with cancer. The first Purple Dream was orchestrated by Niblick as a fundraiser for her friend, Audrey Pidde. This is the fifth fundraising event for the public. Rita Holland of Park Rapids claimed first in fundraising with $1,826 in donations for her jump into the icy waters. Plungers raised approximately $5,000.

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