Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tourney Raises More than $6,000 in support of Scholarships at the U of M, Crookston

The first annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament was held early in Ice Fishing Tournament Logo-2.jpgFebruary on Zippel Bay & Resort on Lake of the Woods in Williams, Minn., to raise money for scholarships. More than $6,000 was garnered in support of the Justin Knebel endowment fund and University of Minnesota, Crookston for student-athletes.

Thank you to all sponsors, donors, participants, Zippel Bay & Resort, and a special thank you to Tournament Sponsor, Roseau County Ford. The tournament ran from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with more than 70 fisher men & women participating.

"The Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament was a fun experience. It was great to see all the people that came to support the event," said Jeffrey Kroll, Custom Stripes, Inc. It was pretty easy to convince me to be a part of the tournament. I got to go fishing and support education, what a great combo! I am already looking forward to next year."

icefishing.jpgSpecial thanks to Justin's parents, Mark and Janet, for their tremendous support and to the tournament committee members from the U of M, Crookston: Alysa Tulibaski, student experience and parent coordinator; Amber Bailey, e-communications manager; Corby Kemmer, director of development; Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising; Stephanie Helgeson, athletic director; and Rose Ulseth, executive accounts specialist in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations.

Next year, the second annual tournament is slated for Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the same location. For information, contact Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations at 218-281-8434.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo (l to r), standing: Bill Tyrrell, Amber Bailey, Stephanie Helgeson, and Corby Kemmer. Seated: Alysa Tulibaski.  

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)