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On Saturday, February 1, starting at 9 a.m., the celebration marking the 10th Annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament at Zippel Bay Resort in Williams, Minn., will take place. The tournament supports scholarships for student-athletes at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Tickets are $25, contact Derek Martin at 218-281-8436. They are also be available at Zippel Bay Resort in Williams, and Streiff's Sporting Goods in Warroad, Minn. 

Registration for Saturday’s fishing tournament, limited to the first 225 tickets, begins at 9 a.m. on the ice at the tournament site, with fishing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Commemorative items are available with a ticket on the day of the tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the first person to catch a fish, along with prizes for the largest walleye, northern, sauger, perch and other species caught during the tournament. The registration fee includes road access fee.

All proceeds from the tournament support the Justin Knebel Memorial Scholarship Fund at the UMN Crookston. Following the tournament, there will be a social at Izzy's Bar & Grill in Warroad.

For more information on the tournament, visit https://z.umn.edu/59al.


Justin Knebel, who played basketball for the UMN Crookston Golden Eagles, grew up in Warroad, Minn., graduating from Warroad High School in 2001. A talented athlete, he lettered in basketball, cross country, and track. After graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota, Crookston where he played basketball as a point guard for the Golden Eagles. He was the ultimate team player working hard on the court and in the classroom.

Besides his passion for playing basketball, Knebel loved the Warroad area and outdoor sports in Minnesota, making the ice fishing tournament an apt tribute to the memory of this outstanding student athlete. For more information on the tournament, visit www.umcrookston.edu/justinknebel.

About UMN Crookston

One of five campuses in the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston cultivates curiosity by engaging students in hands-on learning connecting theory to practice. As the experienced leader in delivering education online, the Crookston campus offers a distinctive learning environment providing personal attention and mentorship to develop leaders, lifelong learners, and engaged citizens. Visit Crookston at umcrookston.edu 

About UMN

The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota. Learn more at system.umn.edu

Story Contact: Shawn Smith