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Crosslake Ice Car racing season begins

The Crosslake Ice Car racing season got underway on Big Pine Lake on Saturday, January 24. Despite a lack of snow, which made for slick track conditions, the drivers and spectators alike enjoyed the warm temperatures.

In the studded class feature race, the Superman car driven by Shawn Pratt took an early lead and held it for the entire race. In second place was Isaac Wannebo from Crosslake in car 7X and finishing third was Mark Peterson from Brainerd in car #19.

In the 15 and under feature race, Jacob Borden of Merrifield in the 8-ball car took first place. Second went to Dylan Nelson of Merrifield in car $25. Third place went to Logan Pratt in car T4, and in fourth as Connor Pratt in the Superman car.

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Cuyuna Crew gears up for Whiteout; releases master vision

With more than 155 people registered from nine states and two countries, the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew (Cuyuna Crew) is gearing up for one of its biggest annual events- the Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout.

The Whiteout is a fat bike event, meaning that it’s only open to bikes with tires at least 3.8 inches wide. Fat bikes are currently gaining popularity across the country, including for riding on snow-covered trails.

The Whiteout event, which is Feb. 6-8, will be held at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Whiteout includes a night time fat bike ride, several daytime races, a banquet with music and prizes, and a no-pressure social ride. A schedule and information and registration is available at cuyunalakeswhiteout.com.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Cuyuna Crew, the organization responsible for trail maintenance, trail advocacy, and events at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. Aaron Hautala, president of the Crew, said that this year Whiteout has grown tremendously.

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Crooked Lake Township to host Feb. 9 meeting on Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline Proposal

The public invited to an informational meeting providing opposing viewpoints on the Enbridge Sandpiper and Line 3 pipeline proposals to be held Monday, February 9, 2015 from 6-8 pm at the Crooked Lake Town Hall. Crooked Lake Town Hall is located in Outing at the corner of State Highway 6 and Woods Bay Drive.

Representatives from Enbridge, Jennifer Maleitzke and Paul Meneghini, will be present as will Kevin Brauer of the Friends of the Headwaters (FOH), the Park Rapids, MN-based organization.

By a 3-2 vote last September, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered Enbridge to consider six alternate routes that would avoid many sensitive lakes, wetlands and aquifers.

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Warm weather draws thousands to Extravaganza

Brainerd, MN – Unseasonably warm winter weather brought more than 11,000 people to the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake Saturday. After the past couple years of wind and cold, this is exactly what was needed. The crowd was evidence enough that everyone was ready for the fishing to go on. Participants from as far away as Poland were on Gull Lake trying to 'catch the big one' in hopes of winning $200,000 in prizes.

At 12:02 p.m. the first angler entered the weigh-in tent carrying a perch. The winning fish didn’t arrive until approximately 2:45, but Steven Baumgartner from Owatonna, MN, landed it- a northern pike weighing 6.73 lbs - caught with a shiner in just 15 feet of water. When asked about his strategy, Steven said,” I wasn’t having luck at 26 feet, so I thought I’d give it a try in shallow water, and that sure worked.” Baumgartner chose the new GMC pick-up truck from Mills Automotive Group. Winning the Catch of the Day Extravaganza Give-Away ice fishing package valued at nearly $9,000 was Rome Anding of Lake City, MN. His perch weighed in at .65 lbs so he also took home a StrikeMaster Ice Auger for 141st place on the leader board. Anding has been attending the contest for 10 years and was more than happy to hook up a new Ice Castle to his truck for the ride back home. There were a record 1,240 fish registered in the three-hour contest.

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