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Lake Despair derby a success!


The second-annual Lake Despair Lodge bass tournament last weekend saw a large number of the top prizes going to fishermen from Rainy River District.

Still, first prize went to the Sioux Narrows team of Mel Giesbrecht and Chris Bell, whose total weight for the two-day tournament was 22.48 pounds.

Second place went to Kelvin Caul and Ted Heyens with 22.44 pounds, followed by Jody Shypit and Dale LaBelle in third (19.94). Fourth place went to Bill and Jay Albright (19.88), with Dave Byrnes and James Asplund (19.24) coming fifth.

The biggest fish caught on the first day was reeled up by Dale LaBelle and Jody Shypit (3.46 pounds), and the second day saw the team of Darren Ward and Mike Mihichuk win the $300 prize (4.34 pounds).

Along with the excitement of the weigh-in Saturday, there also was a fish fry, which served about 250 people, and an awesome fireworks display.

From all reports I’ve heard, it was a very successful and enjoyable tournament. I’m sure Bill and Nellie Godin are exhausted from all the work that goes into such an event, but I’m also sure they’re already busily planning next year’s derby.

Way to go to both of you and all your staff that make an event like this possible!

  •  • • Nevin Bonot has officially retired after being honoured with a retirement party Saturday evening. Many friends and family came to wish him well. Hope you enjoyed it, Nevin!
  •  • • The annual Devlin slo-pitch tournament is taking place this weekend (July 12-14) at the ball diamond. Besides all the action on the field, food booths and a beer garden also will be set up. To top Saturday night off, a dance featuring the live band, “Thinking of Pinky,” will run from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Admission is $8. Be sure to make this tournament part of your weekend!
  •  • • Robin’s 2¢: Just the other day, I needed to call home, but the only pay phone I could find was in use. So I stood to the side and politely waited until it was free, thinking it would only be a couple of minutes. Five minutes went by, and still the man was on the phone. He was just standing there, not saying a word. Two more minutes went by, and he still wasn’t talking. Finally, I tapped him on the shoulder and asked if I could use the phone. I really wouldn’t be long, but needed to make an important call. “Hold your horses,” the man responded, covering the receiver. “I’m talking to my wife.”
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