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Back to Hack celebration wraps up

HACKENSACK — Back to Hack proved to be a celebration of winter as Hackensack displayed its ability to have fun in the Minnesota cold and snow, the Hackensack Chamber reported in a news release.

A snowmobile parade was conducted, with Kevin’s Auto Body named winning decoration. Visitors ate free hot dogs, drank cocoa around a community bonfire and watched a fireworks show over Birch Lake.

Saturday featured the Treasure Hunt, where treasure seekers looked for the treasure in the community businesses. Snowmobile rides also were offered around Birch Lake. More than 100 participated. There was also the Pine Area Medical Development Association penguin plunge on Birch Lake in the early afternoon, where over 50 persons jumped into the icy waters to raise money to support the medical clinic in Hackensack. 

The Snowflake Pageant was conducted Saturday night and the winning contestant was Tony Arnold of St. Louis Park, for his rendition of Baby Blackwater. Also competing were Stony Girl, played by Scott Buck; Ida Mann played by Dan Rogosheske and Big Deep Woman played by John Ferris.

The best snow sculpture was won by Bob Sheldon, who sculpted Paul Bunyan ice fishing, with the big fish under the water. It was built on the former site of Triple B convenience store and gas station. Second place was won by The Riverhouse Restaurant and Lounge.

The medallion was found Friday morning under the ashtray outside the Hackensack Municipal Liquor Store. The winner of the Back to Hack Raffle first prize of $1,000 was Sheldon Hunt of Hackensack.