Kids soak in warmer weather at Richfield Ice Fishing Derby

February 02, 2019 06:05 PM

Minnesotans are thawing out and heading outside this weekend.

Dozens of kids participated in Richfield's Ice Fishing Derby at Taft Lake on Saturday. The free event has become a tradition over the past several years.


"We pretty much put them up with everything they need. Rods, drill the holes for them, have the bait...if they can come out here with some warm clothes, we can pretty much take care of the rest," said Nick Thompson, the Richfield Recreation Supervisor.

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After four days of no school thanks to the deep freeze, families were anxious to do activities out on the lake.

"It's so nice. I can't believe we are out here without our mittens on," said Liesl Werner Thomas.

"We were all a little restless with the cold weather. I am happy to be out here. It actually helps with the fishing too. Fish went deep to get away from the cold and now came up to the shallower water. The weather cooperated for us," said Thompson.

Marty Berskow spent the afternoon with his grandsons.

"This was an opportunity. We haven't seen them in a while. It's been too cold if you haven't noticed!"

"I know I have gone lake fishing, but never ice fishing. I really like fishing. It's one of my favorite things to do," said seven-year-old Mathias Thomas Werner.

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