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Audrey’s Purple Dream: Cold answer to cancer on Eleventh Crow Wing Lake

Isabella jumped in 13 degree temps with the lake quickly freezing over. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

BY Sarah smith

The 9th annual “fishing-palooza” that raises funds for cancer saw a record number of anglers converge on Eleventh Crow Wing Lake in Akeley Saturday.

But temps in the teens may have squelched the “Purple Plunge” into the icy lake.

Audrey’s Purple Dream was battered by illness, not cancer. The annual tourney raises funds for cancer prevention and awareness.

The event raised $14,300. Fourteen plungers raised nearly $2,700 of that. Jack Tesch won $1,000 and the third largest fish. Doug Kriewall won a prize for the larghest fish.

Founder Shannah Pidde Geimer said 307 anglers threw a line into the frozen lake, a record number.

More than 200 fish were sent to the weigh station. There were perch, sunfish, crappies and walleye. The northern pike stayed in the cold depths of the lake.

t was the polar plunge that may have suffered, but no one was counting. Usually around 20 competitors, 13 showed up Saturday to throw themselves into the icy lake.

Fifty seven prize winners were announced on the website.

Recovering organizers pronounced the event a success, despite colds and flu.

Sarah Smith

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

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