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Forum Focus: Arrested again, Extravaganza plans, Ice harvesting, Snowjourn event

• Duluth driver who killed woman, grandson arrested again for drunken driving

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Hawk Patrick Edwards

A man who went to prison for a 2012 crash that killed a Duluth woman and her grandson has again been arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired.

Hawk Patrick Edwards, 27, was booked into the St. Louis County Jail early Sunday on preliminary charges of felony first-degree DWI and misdemeanor speeding.

Edwards received an eight-year sentence for the January 2012 crash that killed 65-year-old Paula Bergren and seriously wounded 13-year-old Edward Everett Bergren, who was still recovering when he died from surgery-related complications nearly a year later.


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• Brainerd Jaycees works on Extravaganza plans, but keeping an eye on the ice

The winter sun shines Monday, Jan. 6, over a portable fish house on Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake. Deep snow and rain has affected ice conditions on the lake but anglers in the portable house said there was 12 inches of ice, which was a composite of ice made up of snow and frozen slush on the bay. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

This winter has created subpar lake ice conditions in the Brainerd lakes that may have the thousands of people who attend the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza wondering about the status of this year’s event.

The Brainerd Jaycees event — billed as the largest charitable fishing contest in the world — is typically scheduled the third or fourth Saturday of January on Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake, about 10 miles north of Brainerd off Highway 371. The contest, going on its 30th year, is dependent on the amount of ice on the lake and a permit is required by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office in order for it to occur. This year is no different and the contest is set Jan. 25 — as long as there is enough ice.

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• Ice harvesting on Detroit Lake

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The area of Detroit Lake designated for the 2020 ice harvest is blocked off and ready for the harvest to start on Tuesday, Jan. 7. A public viewing area has been established on the city beach for watching the two-day harvest. Courtesy photo


King Isbit will make his return to Detroit Lakes in February, just in time for the 2020 Polar Fest celebration, and the Ice Harvest DL Committee will once again celebrate his return with a "MN Sn'Ice" Snow and Ice Showcase.

To prepare for construction of this frosty marvel, ice will be harvested on Detroit Lake near the Pavilion Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 7-8.

The public is welcome to come view the harvest from the designated viewing area on the city beach. For safety, it is requested that all members of the public stay within the viewing area and away from the active harvesting site.

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• Dedicated cross-country skier will strap them on for his 40th Snowjourn event

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Roger Jarvi has taken part in every Snowjourn cross-country ski event since the 1970s. The 69-year-old Bemidji man plans to ski in the 40th Snowjourn on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Buena Vista Ski Area. Monte Draper / Special to the Pioneer

When Roger Jarvi took up cross-country skiing some 45 years ago, he used to churn out nearly 500 miles on skis every winter. He was motivated by a Kodak-sponsored incentive program that rewarded skiers if they put on at least 750 kilometers in a season.

“I had just graduated from college, and all my buddies had left,” Jarvi said. “So I needed something to do in the winter. I’m not a big ice fisherman or anything like that, but I wanted to find something to do outdoors.”


At age 69, the retired social worker has scaled back on his ski mileage. But he still hits the trails as often as he can.

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