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An eye on the Extravaganza

Trying to pack a winter into two days can be a little overwhelming.

I have never been one to be completely organized — surprise. But with the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza three days away, I need to get my act together.

We have people coming from California to do a documentary on the “X”, I have a couple of fish houses that need to be set up and ready for renters, gear needs to be rigged and ready for both, I will be at Mills Fleet Farm in Baxter most of the day on Friday talking to folks coming in from all over the country, the pre-party is at Grand View Lodge on Friday night and the list goes on.

By the time you read this, most of the anxiety will be out the door and the lines will be dropped down the holes at Hole-in-the-Day Bay. We are trying to win the first-place truck for Alex, our 15-year-old daughter who will be getting her driver’s license in August. Is this finally going to be the year?

My call is that the winning fish will be a northern — a 7-pounder in 7 feet of water caught at 2:37 p.m. on a shiner minnow attached to a hook and tip-up.

WALLEYEDAN Eigen may be reached at (218) 839-5598, or

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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