Results from Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament at Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods, Williams, Minn.

Mild temperatures and a light breeze greeted participants in the Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The daylong fishing tournament, which supports scholarships at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, was held at Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods, Williams, Minn. To date, nearly $6,000 has been raised for the Justin Knebel Scholarship and this marks the successful ice fishing tournament's second year. Next year's tournament date has been set for February 2, 2013.

Results of the Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament included first fish caught, Emil Belin_Emil with Alysa_Tulibaski.jpgBelin, Fertile, Minn.; largest walleye, Dan Quaife, Baudette,Minn.; largest northern, Marc Ulseth, Crookston, Minn.; largest sauger, Mike Lindholm, Thief River Falls, Minn. Prizes were sponsored in part by Streiff Sporting Goods  in Warroad, Minn.

The top winners in the raffle included Polly Dehnert, Grygla, Minn., who won the 19" television donated by Dakota TV & Appliance of Grand Forks, N.D., and Kevin Dammahn, Stephen, Minn., who won the U of M, Crookston jacket donated by the UMC Bookstore.

Students_NatR.jpgBill Tyrrell, director of athletic fund raising was grateful to those who assisted with this year's tournament. "We are thankful for help from a number of students from the UMC Natural Resources Club," Tyrrell said. "They assisted with weighing fish and a number of other aspects of the tournament. Zippel Bay Resort was a great place for fishing, and we really appreciate what they did for us along with the leadership we received from the tournament committee especially Alysa Tulibaski and Amber Bailey. It was an all around great day."

If someone is interested in donating a prize or sponsoring the 2013 tournament, contact Tyrrell at 218-281-8436 or Alysa Tulibaski at 701-215-4300. Video highlights of this year's tournament are available at

Justin Knebel, who played basketball for the U of M, Crookston Golden Eagles, grew up in Warroad, Minn., graduating from Warroad High School in 2001. A talented athlete, he lettered in basketball, cross country, and track. After graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota, Crookston where he played basketball as a point guard for the Golden Eagles. Besides his passion for playing basketball, Knebel loved the Warroad area and outdoor sports in Minnesota, making the ice fishing tournament an apt tribute to the memory of this outstanding student-athlete. For more information on the tournament, visit

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 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

In the photos:

Top, right: Emil Belin, Fertile, Minn., receives his prize for the first fish caught from Alysa Tulibaski, one of the members of the tournament committee.

Bottom, left: Marc Ulseth, Amber Bailey, Alysa Tulibaski, and Bill Tyrrell with members of the U of M, Crookston Natural Resources Club for a photo on Lake of the Woods at the Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament. The club helped weigh fish and other aspects of the tournament.

Contact: Bill Tyrrell, director, athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436, (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (