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Ice Fishing Tournament Sparks Controversy Among First Place Winners

First place finishers under investigation Photo: MGN Online. First place finishers under investigation

February 06, 2018 09:42 AM

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) - Officials of a Minnesota ice fishing tournament are investigating whether some of this year's winners deceived organizers.
    
The Star Tribune reports that Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza officials have confirmed they're investigating three men from Ohio. Stephan Lyogky, his son Ivan Lyogky and family member Rostik Lyogky finished in first, third and 98th place.
    
Stephan Lyogky and Ivan Lyogky caught two of three northern pike that won prizes. Rostik Lyogky caught the sole perch.
    
A lawyer for the men says that they followed contest rules and are willing to take lie detector tests.
    
Event chairman Shane Meyer says organizers plan to have additional security protocols next year.
    
An estimated 12,000 anglers participated this year. The event has raised more than $3.3 million for charities since its founding.
    
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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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