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Tom Mead of Long Prairie carried a 7.14-pound walleye to the weighing station on Lake L'Homme Dieu during the 2004 Ice Fishing Challenge. File photo contributed by Laina Flynn

Angler in Park Rapids contest accused of cheating; he denies it

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An angler was accused of cheating at the Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest on February 2.

"It's unfortunate," said tourney organizer Jerry Benham of the alleged cheating incident. The case has been turned over to authorities, he said.


Sheriff Cory Aukes escorted Tom Mead of Long Prairie from the ice Saturday afternoon after anglers reported him cheating. Mead said he was stunned at the accusations.

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