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A flyin' Purple Plunger, Brandy Vredenburg of Akeley, celebrated her birthday with a dip in 11th Crow Wing Lake Saturday. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Record number attends Akeley fishing tourney

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Akeley's Answer to Cancer, Audrey's Purple Dream, drew a record number of fisherfolk - 239 dropped lines - and the highest total donations to date for the Purple Plunge - the daring sea creatures raising $7,605.

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A grand total of $14,275 was raised at the 6th annual event held Saturday on 11th Crow Wing Lake. Proceeds are disbursed to area residents battling cancer, "so they can live out a dream."

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