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Over 100 children participated in the Freedom Fest Fishing Contest, June 30, at Eastside Lake. Many fish were caught, including walleyes, crappies, bass, sunfish, carp and suckers. Scores of prizes were awarded along with trophies for the largest fish in four age categories.
CLASS NAME SPECIES, SIZE
6 & under Peyton Carroll
7-9 Jackson Vermilyea
10-12 Alyssa Vlasaty
13-15 Isaac Arens
Six prizes, all donated by chamber members, were awarded seven lucky recipients during the Fireworks Raffle drawing, July 4.
Patty Tewes, First Farmers & Merchants Bank, presented $1,000 to Jean Lamont, Grand Prize Winner.
Over 40 bikers participated in the Dan Ulwelling 25-Mile Bike race, June 30, at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. Despite the heat, humidity and threat of rain, there was a good turnout. Trophies for overall male and female bikers were awarded, as well as plaques and medals given in various age categories.
CLASS NAME RACE TIME
Overall Male Mike Morehead, Owatonna 1:03:13
Overall Female Kristi Stasi, Austin 1:15:05
First Place Sam Clasen 1:03:22
Second Place Mark Walton 1:13:20
Third Place Mitch Brekke, Hartland 1:13:38
First Place Savanna Dahl, Austin 1:42:05
First Place Mike Morehead, Owatonna 1:03:13
Second Place Will Pass, North Mankato 1:03:20
Third Place Jason Baron, Austin 1:13:21
First Place Kari Spreema, Austin 1:28:56
Second Place Kelli Schmeling, Austin 1:36:36
First Place Dan Koehler, Walters 1:03:23
Second Place Matt Junker, Elko New Market 1:18:20
Third Place Scott Lewis, Austin 1:27:40
First Place Dynessa Nordrum, Rose Creek 1:28:22
Second Place Valerie Geary, Austin 1:42:12
First Place Jim Kempf, Owatonna 1:03:22
Second Place Mike Slavics, Chanhassen 1:06:07
Third Place Troy Miller, Hudson, WI 1:09:14
First Place Kristi Stasi, Austin 1:15:05
Second Place Lisa Johnson, Austin 1:18:36
Third Place Grace Devries, Storden 1:21:08
60 & Over Male
First Place Steven Knowlton, Lakeville 1:09:03
Second Place James King, Austin 1:13:34
Third Place Sam Skogeboe, Austin 1:13:34
60 & Over Female
First Place Jan Thomas 1:38:03
Second Place Mary Nelson, Austin 1:51:20
Freedom Fest Event Winners
Around 20 girls and boys participated in the 2018 Little Miss Sparkler, Mr. Firecracker Pageant, July 3, at Bandshell Community Park. Each child received a t-shirt and goodie bag for participating! One boy and one girl winner each receive a crown, $25 in Chamber Bucks, and a ride in the Fourth of July Parade.
2018 Little Miss Sparkler - Estelle Ruzek
2018 Mr. Firecracker - Colton Moor