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The second annual Mustang Ice Classic will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 on Lake Sarah.

The contest will feature over $10,000 in prizes, according to Mike VanDrehle, Alumni Director and event organizer.

“We had our inaugural tournament in 2019 and it drew a good crowd of ice fishing enthusiasts. It’s a popular winter activity in southwest Minnesota, and we’re looking forward to our second tournament, which will raise scholarship dollars for SMSU students,” said VanDrehle.

Registration is from 8:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a mandatory rules meeting.  Fishing runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and an awards ceremony will follow.

Pre-registration cost for the event is $35 through Jan. 31, and $40 after that. Children 15-and-under pay $10. Tickets are available by phone, online or on the day of the event. Each participant may fish two holes per ticket. A commemorative lure is included in the ticket price.

There will be prizes for many categories, including first fish, largest fish, smallest fish, and random fish throughout the contest. “The categories will not just reward the biggest fish,” explained VanDrehle. “We want all participants to have an equal opportunity to win something during the day, even if you don’t catch anything.”

The first 200 to register receive a complimentary Runnings 5-gallon pail at the event.

A raffle will also be a part of the Mustang Ice Classic. Raffle tickets are $20, and are available through the SMSU Alumni/Foundation offices, and at Runnings and Action Sports.

The raffle grand prize is a Polaris Sportsman 450 four-wheeler.

Title sponsors include Runnings, Vexilar and Action Sports. Other sponsors include CE Signs and Designs, Enviro Pump Plus, Precision Marketing Concepts, Glacier Ice Houses/Pleasureland RV, SMSU Alumni Association, SMSU Foundation, Bloemendaal Guide Service, Southwest Insurance, Wood Lake Lumber, Jonti-Craft, Marshall Truss Systems, Park & Sell, Bend Rite Fabrication, The Gambler, Hy-Vee, Escape Spa, Woodstock Communications, Fuzzy’s, Borch’s Sporting Goods, Crystal Eyes, Northern Lights Rattle Wheels, Skalak Outdoors, Brads Market, Coke-a-Cola, Heaven on Earth, Rebel Campers, and Mr. Heater.

For further information, go to, or contact the SMSU Alumni/Foundation office at 507-537-6266.

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