Weather Forecast


Ice Tee Open breaks records for Camp Knutson

1 / 7
2 / 7
3 / 7
4 / 7
5 / 7
6 / 7
7 / 7

Participants in the 12th annual Ice Tee Open at Moonlite Bay in Crosslake would not be detered by the unseasonably cold weather, and Camp Knutson raised a record-breaking $22,000 from the event.

Although fewer than half of the participants golfed as the previous year and rough ice conditions kept organizers from creating a second 9-hole course as usual, the event was a resounding success for the organization.

Jess Eide of Moonlite Bay said that although the cold weather kept people from golfing, it also kept more people inside bidding on the silent auction items. Participants each received raffle tickets as part of their entry, but most also bought several more tickets.

“That’s where a lot of the money we raised came from,” Eide said.

One of the new auction items that drew a lot of attention was trees to be planted in the winner’s yard donated by The Woods Landscaping. A revised package from Grand Casino also went for a much higher bid than in previous years.

Alex Bilski of Crosslake took home the Hole-in-One title, with half of his prize money going to support Camp Knutson.

Camp Knutson is a camp located on the Whitefish Chain that for more than 50 years has served children with skin diseases, autism, Down syndrome, heart diseases and children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Ice Tee Open is sponsored by Moonlite Bay and the Golden Eagle Golf Club in Fifty Lakes.

Chelsey Perkins can be reached at Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @PEJ_Chelsey.

Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
(218) 855-5874