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Moorhead/Vergas Duo Find Fourth Title at 22nd Annual Kolar Toyota ALS WalleyeTournament! 

Island Lake— For the fourth time in the tournament's 22-year history, the pairing of Josh Fankhanel (Moorhead, MN) and Jason Schrupp (Vergas, MN) bested their competition in the Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament on Island Lake. The duo's five walleyes weighed in at 9.98 pounds to top the field of over 350 anglers competing and raising funds to fight ALS.

"There was no magic trick to it," said Fankhanel about their winning haul. "We got to our spot early and let the fish come to us."  "We just really love to be on the water," added Schrupp. "And this is a great group of people and a fantastic cause to support." 

Brothers Joe and Dick Davidson of Esko, MN, finished second in the walleye basket standings at 8.89 pounds and Dave Goldberg and Mike Orman (Duluth) came in a close third with a basket weighing 8.88 pounds. 

The tournament also features a Bass Challenge, and this year saw Doug Pirila (Proctor) and Greg Poetz (Winsted) defend their title with a basket of bass at 17.54 pounds. The Duluth duo of Michael Lubsack and Chad Mehlum reeled in the day's largest single bass, at 4.76 pounds. 

The tournament is hosted by former UMD hockey star Jim Johnson, two-time Minnesota Twins world champion Kent Hrbek, and Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson. All three also fish the tournament each year.

Over the tournament’s 22 years, the event has raised nearly $3 million to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter provides support and services free of charge to individuals living with ALS. Services include durable medical equipment, communication devices and respite care for full-time family caregivers. Kolar Toyota became title sponsor of the event in 2007 and the dealership is actively involved with the year-round planning of the tournament.

Our ten grand prize winners each won a $500 Marine General gift card.  These anglers were Frank Amendola, Mike Dorf, Joel Eckstrom, Josh Haynes, Kurt Judge, Adam Kleffman, Mike Metzger, Mike Orman, Tommy Peterson and Greg Toon. Congratulations all--and happy shopping at Marine General!

All anglers raising at least $2,000 had their names thrown in a hat for a drawing of a 420 Honda foot shift 4x4!  Mark Buermann of Prior Lake was the lucky winner. Congratulations, Mark!

The winner of the boat raffle was John Kolar of Duluth.  Mike Alden won the $350 Famous Dave's gift card and Greg Toon won the $500 Marine General gift card. Congratulations to all!

Our Kevin Kolquist Most Valuable Participant was Patrick Miner, Hermantown.  

Pete Klinkhammer spoke to the crowd of nearly 700 in the Field House of the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He shared the changes in his life this past year with ALS and his recent experience with voice banking at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Thanks, Pete, for being wiling to share your story! 

We want to thank all of our volunteers--all 150 of them. Without their continued support, this event would not hapen.  Thank you!

We also want to give huge thanks to our sponsors

Title sponsor: Kolar Toyota became the title sponsor of the event in 2007.   

Anchor sponsors: American Family Insurance; Amsoil; CH Robinson; Famous Dave’s; Heritage Window & Door; I-GOGS; KQDS; Lamar Outdoor; Lund Boats; Marine General; Minnesota Air/Carrier; Nahan Printing; RJ Sport and Cycle and Super One Foods. 

Casting sponsors: Black Bear Casino Resort; Budweiser, Coca Cola Beverages of Duluth; Dairy Queen; Gilbert Inc; GPM, Inc.; Jamar Company; maurices; Mercury Marine and Ridgeview Country Club.

Jigging sponsors: Abra Auto Body; Arco Coffee; Art Dimension; Country Inn & Suites; Enterprise; Essentia Health; Garon Brothers Jewlery & Promotional Advertising; Giant Voices; Graphic Technologies; Hartel's DBJ Disposal; JJ's Auction Service; KTM Paving; London Road Rental; McDonald's; Mellin Promotions; Minnesota Resort Sales; Minnesota Twins; Perkins; Pro Print; Twin Ports Dermatology; and University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Hook sponsors: Berne Scale; Duluth Superior Trophy; Frost River; Johnson Brothers LIquor Company, National Audio & Visual; Papa John's; Protective Asset Protection; St. Luke's; Tattersall Distllery; TDS Telecom; Twin Ports Walleye Association; and Uncle Phil's.