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Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament appears to be growing

One hundred thirty two-person teams have registered for the 19th annual Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday  on Island Lake north of Duluth. The event raises money to provide services and programs for people suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“I’m guessing another 50 entries will come in during the next week,” said Sandy Judge, special events coordinator for the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota chapter of the ALS Association.

Last year, the event attracted 159 teams, she said.

The entry fee is $350 for each two-person team, and the goal of the event is to raise $171,000, Judge said. First prize is $2,000. Second- through 10th-place teams receive merchandise prizes.

     This year’s Walleye Bonanza will offer a $1,000 cash prize to the registered team that catches the largest walleye by weight. Entry fee for the Walleye Bonanza is $50 per team.

 This year’s event also will include, for the first time, a Bass Challenge. Entry into the Bass Challenge is $50 per team. The team with the biggest bass by weight will receive $500 cash. The team with the largest basket of bass by weight will also win $500 cash.

Celebrity hosts include former Minnesota Twin Kent Hrbek and former professional hockey players Darby Hendrickson and Jim Johnson.

      Entries in the tournament will be accepted through Friday night, Judge said. For more information go to kolartoyota