Lions postpone fishing contest

Princeton Lions Club president Dale Hurni and Lions Club fishing contest committee members Scott Liestman and Dave Thompson, check out the public access on the north side of Green Lake last Thursday, where there was a pool of water near where vehicles have been driven onto the ice.

Worried about the thickness of the ice on Green Lake, the Princeton Lions Club decided last Thursday to postpone this year’s original contest date of Feb. 12 to Feb. 19.

The Kinship Youth Mentoring group of Princeton decided, as a result, to also postpone its Dippin’ for Dollars plunge at Green Lake to Feb. 19. The plunge is scheduled to start sometime after the 11 a.m. registration.

Kinship Youth Mentoring director Jeanne Bromberg said the idea is that the plunge and the fishing contest will complement each other by running them at the same time in the same general area. Individuals must each bring $100 they have raised in order to take the plunge.

The 1:30-4 p.m. fishing event is the Lions Club’s biggest annual fund-raiser, taking in $15,000-$16,000 last year, according to club president Dale Hurni. It has regularly drawn 1,000 to 1,500 contestants.

Hurni, along with ice fishing contest committee members Scott Liestman and Dave Thompson, made the decision to postpone while checking out Green Lake during the noon hour last Thursday.

Fellow Lions Club member Tom Blomberg had checked the depth of the ice the day before where the Lions have traditionally conducted their winter fishing contest on Green and found it to be 14.5 inches thick.

Hurni, Thompson and Liestman said after making their decision to postpone that they are hoping some ice will be added through freezing between now and Feb. 19.