Great Day of Fishing at the 4th Annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament held at Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods, Williams, Minn.

The ice was filled with participants at the 4th Annual  Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing 
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Tournament held Saturday, February 1, 2014, ready to catch fish and support a scholarship in memory of Justin Knebel at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The tournament, held at Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods, Williams, Minn., included nearly 100 participants and raised more than $3,300 in support of the Justin Knebel Memorial Scholarship. 

Results of the Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament included first fish caught, Heidi Erickson; largest walleye, Adam Roerish; largest northern, Bryce Tiedemann; largest sauger, Jeannine Trappe; largest perch, Andrew Buell. Prizes were sponsored in part by Streiff Sporting Goods  in Warroad, Minn.

The top winners in the raffle included Gary Lund, who took home the Lowrance Out N Back GPS, and Tim Tulibaski, who won a stay in the Super 8 Jacuzzi Suite.  

The planning committee would like to thank the UMC Natural Resources Club and this year's tournament sponsors: Zippel Bay Resort; Strieff's Sporting Goods; Markit County Grain; 7 Clans Casino; Knebel Red Angus; Olson Cabintry; Bill & Mary Tyrrell; Sage's Angle West; Tom's Tackle, Inc.; and Slush Copter. 

If someone is interested in donating a prize or sponsoring the 2015 tournament, contact Tyrrell at 218-281-8436 or Alysa Tulibaski at 701-215-4300. Video highlights of this year's tournament are available at http://z.umn.edu/jk0. Members of the planning committee for the event include Corby Kemmer, Bill Tyrrell, Stephanie Helgeson, Amber Bailey, Rose Ulseth, and Alysa Tulibaski.

Background
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 www.umcrookston.edu/justinknebel. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 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 is the group enjoying a day on the lake at the 4th Annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament held on February 1, 2014. 

Contact: Bill Tyrrell, director, athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436, (btyrrell@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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