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Ice Tee Open raises $45,000

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Bri Bren of Savage sinks her final putt at the Ice Tee Open on Moonlite Bay in Crosslake. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal2 / 5
Leah Heggerston celebrates almost sinking her last putt at the Ice Tee Open on Moonlite Bay in Crosslake. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal3 / 5
Huck Heggerston of Crosslake phones in the last hole of the Ice Tee Open in Crosslake by shooting the last hole backwards and between his legs. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal4 / 5
Dan Heggerston of Crosslake wins first among his family on the last hole of the Ice Tee Open at Moonlite Bay. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal 5 / 5

The 17th annual Ice Tee Open increased its donation to Camp Knutson by 12 percent over 2018 when it brought in $45,000 on Saturday, March 2.

The event was held on the ice at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar.

This increase was in spite of a slight decrease in golfers from last year, possibly due to cold weather. This year's golf holes were frozen solid and ringed with snow piles. Even though half of the holes were closed last year because of flooding, warmer weather in 2018 brought in a slightly bigger crowd.

Even so, organizer Jessica Eide said there were approximately 165 golfers this year.

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Eide said auction items are constantly increasing in value. In addition, in the last three years Moonlite Bay has donated a dollar from every Bilske burger purchased toward the charity. This year the burger alone raised $2,624.

"I really thank the generous community of Crosslake for donating all the items for the auction and raffle," Eide said. "It was awesome."

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