Fifth Anna Kozel Vintage Sled Show in EGF features more than 100 snowmobiles

Saturday’s fifth Anna Kozel Vintage Sled Show in East Grand Forks featured 104 vintage snowmobiles and a large crowd that converged below the Blue Moose to check out and admire the sleds.

The annual event is a fundraiser for Relay for Life and is named for Anna Kozel, an East Grand Forks woman who died of cancer in 2010.

Art Seydel of East Grand Forks won the Media's Choice, Mayor's Choice and People's Choice Award for the replica of the 1972 Viking he raced in the Winnipeg to St. Paul International 500.

Art Seydel of East Grand Forks won the Media’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice and People’s Choice Award for the replica of the 1972 Viking he raced in the Winnipeg to St. Paul International 500. (Brad Dokken photo)

I had a story about the show in Sunday’s Herald, but award winners  weren’t available Saturday at press time. Snowmobile models and the year they were manufactured were not included in the results (except for Art Seydel’s 1972 Viking, which I picked as the Media’s Choice winner and which also won a handful of other categories), but here is a list of the winners provided by Merlyn Werner of East Grand Forks, one of the show’s organizers:

Farthest Traveled: Steve Peterson, Surrey, N.D., 203 miles.

Kids Participation: Ryder Bestland, Hunter Girodat, Chase Girodat, Mathew Klopp, Chris Nelson & Gage Omdahl.

Best Original: First — Lloyd Gering, Garson Man.; Second — Todd Grabanski, East Grand Forks; Third — Mark Olson Devils Lake.

Best Restored: First, Dan Egge, Pelican Rapids Minn.; Second — Mathew Klopp, Argyle, Minn.; Third — Dick Krogstad, Thief River Falls.

Retired Race : First — Archie Simonson Grand Forks; Second — Steve Peterson, Surrey, N.D.; Third — Art Seydel East Grand Forks.

People’s Choice : First — Art Seydel East Grand Fork; Second — Kyle Kozel, East Grand Forks; Third — Steve Peterson, Surrey, N.D.

Mayor’s Choice: Art Seydel, East Grand Forks.

Media’s Choice: Art Seydel, East Grand Forks.

My story on the show, along with a video clip and photos from Herald photographer Eric Hylden, is available here. More information on the show, which is held the first Saturday in February, is available here.

 

 

 

 

N.D. Game and Fish hires new ANS coordinator

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has a new Aquatic Nuisance Species coordinator. Jessica Howell starts her new job Feb. 29 and will be based out of the Jamestown office. She replaces Fred Ryckman, who is retiring.

Greg Power, fisheries chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, sent out an email to department staff and others this afternoon announcing the hiring. Howell currently is Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator for the state of Kansas and has a master’s degree in fisheries science from South Dakota State University, where she worked on Asian carp.

Power said in an interview that three “well-qualified” candidates interviewed for the position. Howell will work out of the Jamestown Game and Fish office because of its proximity to key ANS infestations in the eastern third of North Dakota, including zebra mussels in the Red River and silver carp in the James River.

She will report to Jerry Weigel, the Game and Fish Department’s Fisheries Production and Development Section leader.

In related ANS news, boaters across the state likely will be required to remove bilge and livewell plugs from their boats during transport beginning this spring. Power said the department held a hearing on the statewide plug proposal last month, and no one showed up to comment.

The requirement was implemented last summer on the Red River after surveys showed the spread of larval zebra mussels along the U.S. portion of the river. Removing plugs and draining water from boats during transport aims to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species into other lakes and rivers. A similar law has been in effect in Minnesota for several years.

Power said the attorney general’s office has approved the statewide plug removal plan, and the final step in the process will occur in March during a legislative commission hearing.

If all goes according to plan, the statewide plug removal requirement will go into effect April 1, coinciding with the start of the new fishing license year.

“I don’t see any issues,” Power said.

Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department fishing tournament results

I was up on Lake of the Woods over the weekend and didn’t cover this year’s Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament. One thing’s for certain, though: The weather this year was considerably warmer than it was last year, when a stiff wind created subzero windchills that were cold enough to test even the hardiest of anglers.

Anglers by the thousands took advantage of balmy weather Saturday to fish the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department ice fishing tournament. This year's tournament was the 32nd annual. (Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department photo)

Anglers by the thousands took advantage of balmy weather Saturday to fish the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department ice fishing tournament. This year’s tournament was the 32nd annual. (Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department photo)

Here’s a rundown on the top five fishing winners and their prizes in the perch, walleye and northern pike categories for this year’s tournament.

Perch

  • First: Darla Johnson, Glenburn, N.D., 1.24 pounds, hard shell fish house.
  • Second: Cody Eisenbraun, Minot, 1.20 pounds, $1,000.
  • Third: Dan Wallace, Bradgate, Iowa, 1.01 pounds, $750.
  • Fourth: Jaret Holtz, Devils Lake, 1 pound, $500.
  • Fifth: Dalton Steicher, Goodrich, N.D., .96 pounds, $350.

Northern pike

  • First: Roger Haugan, Jamestown, N.D., 6.14 pounds, $2,000.
  • Second: David Schmitt, Devils Lake, 5.78 pounds, 2016 Ford F150 Ext. Cab XLT.
  • Third: Ole Silza, Minot, 4.82 pounds, $750.
  • Fourth: Chris Trupe, Walhalla, N.D., 4.70 pounds, $500.
  • Fifth: Terry Worm, Riverdale, N.D., 4.56 pounds, $350.

Walleye

  • First: Brandon Mosser, Minot, 2.84 pounds, $2,000.
  • Second: Randy Waitte, Fargo, 1.28 pounds, $1,000.
  • Third: Alex Soyring, Fargo, .98 pounds, $750.
  • Fourth: Dawn Hahne, Kulm, N.D., .96 pounds, ATV.
  • Fifth: Dan Nelson, Oberon, N.D., .92 pounds, $350.

Walt Racine of Velva, N.D., was the Grand Prize raffle winner of a 2016 Toyota Tundra Crew Max 4×4 pickup. Jordan Nerison of McVille, N.D., won a trip to Hawaii. A total of 150 prizes were awarded in the raffle.

For a full listing of raffle winners, check out the tournament website here.