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Citizens National Bank triumphs at Water Wars

They outdrenched the competition at the 2022 Water Wars, held Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.

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Camp Wilderness, at left, dueled the TruStar Federal Credit Union team in a protracted semifinal round at Water Wars, held Thursday. Camp Wilderness prevailed, but lost quickly in the finale. <br/>
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Team Moolah – a.k.a. Citizens National Bank (CNB) – left Third Street sodden, but satisfied on Thursday evening.

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Citizen National Bank's Team Moolah won the coveted Loony Trophy. Pictured from left are Dan Gaughan, Sam Coborn, Marcus Benson, Zach Hagen and Brenda Peterson.
Shannon Geisen/Park Rapids Enterprise

They outdrenched the competition at the 2022 Water Wars. Due to the COVID pandemic and a drought, the event was last held in 2019. The popular shindig kicks off Legends & Logging Days festivities, hosted by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Citizens National Bank previously won in 2016. In 2019, they duked it out in the championship round with Charlie’s Boat & Marine, but lost.

This year, CNB quickly dominated De La Hunt Broadcasting’s Radio Waves to advance to the finale.

They then captured the prized, traveling Loony Trophy by beating the Camp Wilderness team.

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“I’m taking that to the bank!” quipped a gleeful Debbie Tostenson, CNB director of marketing.

The CNB team whooped joyfully in response.

Sam Coborn was the only returning CNB teammate. The rest were newbies to the watery contest.

When asked about their winning strategy, Coborn said, “We recruited a really tall guy this year.”

Camp Wilderness and TruStar Federal Credit Union were the other two teams that advanced to the final four.

In an epic defensive battle that seemingly lasted forever, Camp Wilderness ousted TruStar to reach the championship. The lengthy round, however, left Camp Wilderness chilled to the bone and tired. A few of them donned firefighter jackets for the championship, which was short lived.

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There are few rules to this saturating contest: If you drop the hose, the Park Rapids Fire Department shuts it off and don’t squirt the opposing team in the face. Up to six people could be on a team.

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Simonson’s, the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center, Sanford Health and the Heritage Living Center were among the new contestants this year.

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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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