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The top raffle prize was a canoe donated by the family of Sharon T. Hines in her memory. Pictured are some of Hines' family with the canoe, fondly named "The Sharon T." Hines was a long-time supporter of the Ellsworth Lions Club, in which her sister and brother-in-law Chuck and Sharlene Kreye are members.

Ellsworth Lions fishing derby winners announced

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The Ellsworth Lions Club’s Annual Family Fishing Derby was held June 2 at Nugget Lake and was enjoyed by many.

Trophies were handed out at the end of the derby in several categories. The derby is held for children ages 16 and under, and had three categories.

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Taking first in the largest sunfish was Isaiah Raethke. First place in the largest crappie went to Makenzie Larson. The winner for the smallest fish was Kennedy Hallock.

Catching fish was not the only excitement for the kids. Each child who fished received a door prize.

Concluding the day was the raffle drawing. The top prize was a canoe donated by family of Sharon T. Hines in her memory. Hines is the sister and sister-in-law to Lion members Sharlene and Chuck Kreye, and a long-time supporter of the Ellsworth Lions Club. The canoe was won by Ella Swarbrick.

Appreciation goes to area businesses for the donations of door prizes. Special appreciation goes to Mike Huppert of Fin Tech for donations of bait for all children fishing.

Next year’s derby will be held on Sunday, June 8. This is Wisconsin’s day of no fishing license required, so mark the calendar now.

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