Park Rapids American Legion fishing derby catches 2,000 people

There were "well over 2,000 people on the ice" during the 21st annual Park Rapids American Legion Fishing Derby, according to derby chairman Jerry Benham.

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At 1:30 p.m., half an hour into the competition, Benham estimated that approximately 1,750 anglers had come out, "but people are still coming in. It's going great. You can't beat the weather. A lot of perch are getting caught."

Many participants commented that the mild weather was an attraction, compared to last year's frigid event.

"The weather's great. It's not so cold like last year," said Barb Parries of Park Rapids.

"That was brutal," agreed her friend, Rachel Lovin of Fargo.

Diane Vry of Wadena, who started bringing her two sons to the Park Rapids derby 16 years ago when they were young boys, had only one son with her on Saturday.

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