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Big fish tourney on Smith Lake

Eric Jaspersen of Osakis reels in a small crappie at last year's Fishing for a Cure tournament on Smith Lake near Osakis. (File photo)

Smith Lake anglers on Saturday, Feb. 17, will not only be trying to pull in walleyes, but raising money to fight cancer.

Organizers say the Fishing for the Cure Ice Fishing Challenge will seek to raise $50,000 for cancer this year. In 2017, the group exceeded its $30,000 goal by pulling in $38,000 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Douglas County.

Created by a small group of Alexandria Industries employees, Fishing for the Cure held its first event in 2007. That year, 112 people fished and raised $620. If it reaches this year goal, it will have given more than $150,000 over its history to the fight against cancer.

The tournament will start at noon and end at 3 p.m. on Smith Lake west of Osakis, off Smith Lake Road SE and County Road 82/Highway 27. Entry costs $10 through Friday, Feb. 16. In Osakis, tickets are available at The General Store. On the day of the event, it costs $20 for adults and $10 for kids age 12.

More information is at or Facebook — Fishing For the Cure.