February 08, 2018 05:49 PM
The Brainerd Jaycees have announced an inquiry into the winners of the group's annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza has come to a close, and that the contest winners successfully completed a polygraph exam.
Stephan Lyogky and his son, Ivan Lyogky, caught two of three northern pike that won prizes. A relative, Rostik Lyogky, caught the sole perch. The men finished in first, third and 98th place, respectively.
But anonymous concerns were brought to organizers afterward.
A lawyer for the men said that they followed contest rules and were willing to take lie detector tests.
A release from the Jaycees Thursday said those tests had been completed and all resulted in the examiner's certification that no deception had taken place with regard to the contest.
“We want everyone to know that we always take matters like this very seriously," event chairperson Shane Meyer said in a release. "We are pleased with the results of this inquiry and appreciate the cooperation of the Lyogky family to ensure to the sporting community that our event is fairly administered.
“We congratulate the Lyogky family, as well as all other anglers that participated in the contest this year. What we do makes such an enormous difference in our community.”
An estimated 12,000 anglers participated this year, the 28th annual version of the event. The contest has raised more than $3.3 million for charities since its founding.
The Associated Press contributed to this story
Updated: February 08, 2018 05:49 PM
Created: February 08, 2018 05:48 PM
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