Thin ice cancels L.E. Lions ice fishing contest

Tickets still available for cash drawing

The Lake Elmo Lions’ 58th annual ice fishing contest that was supposed to take place Super Bowl Sunday on Lake Jane has been cancelled due to poor ice conditions brought on by milder temperatures.

The contest’s co-chair Craig Knoll says there was just over 13 inches of ice on the lake Friday, Jan. 23 -- several inches shy of the 18-inch minimum specified under the Washington County permit regulations, and by the $1.5 million insurance policy obtained for the event.

“Looking at the forecast it’s not good,” he says. “It’s tough because it’s our largest fundraiser of the year.”

While the fishing contest has been scrapped, the Lake Elmo Lions Club will still hold the $1,000 cash drawing at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1, at Lions Park -- located across from the Lake Elmo Fire Department at 3510 Laverne Ave. N.

Tickets for the drawing are still available for purchase at Lake Elmo Oil, Lake Elmo Barber Shop, Lake Elmo Inn, Hagberg’s, Twin Point Tavern, Gorman’s, Village Liquors and Lake Elmo Bank for $4 each. Tickets are also being sold at Meister’s and Cornerstone Bait and Archery in Stillwater, and Blue Ribbon Bait in Oakdale.

People who are unable to make it to Lions Park at the scheduled time can still enter the drawing. Knoll says individuals who buy tickets to the drawing can simply provide their name and phone number at the time of purchase. The winner will be notified after the drawing and can claim their prize by presenting a photo ID at Lake Elmo Bank.

Knoll says proceeds from the ice fishing contest make up roughly 70 percent of the Lake Elmo Lions’ annual budget, the majority of which goes directly back into the community through various charitable organizations.

“We’re hoping to get as many people as possible to come out and help us raise our funds,” he says.

Valley Outreach in Stillwater is one of the club’s largest beneficiaries. The organization provides food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, and educational and support services to individuals and families in Washington County. Knoll says the organization is able to get about $8 to $10 in buying power out of every dollar donated by applying matching grants it receives.

Knoll says the Lake Elmo Lions, like many service organizations, is looking for new members to join its ranks. Interested adults are welcome to visit future club meetings, held on the first and third Monday of each month at Gorman’s at 6 p.m.

-- Joshua Nielsen


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