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Last-minute flurry of entries sets new Ice-Out Contest record

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2008 12:00 am

After we complained about the slow pace of entries for the 2008 Leech Lake Ice-Out Contest, things got pretty lively the last few days.

Once again, we set a record with 236 entries from the Leech Lake area and beyond. That total, by the way, beats last year at 218.

This year the earliest guess was April 11, which ain’t gonna happen, by the looks of things. But we can forgive this gal, because she’s from two states away.

The next-earliest guess was April 13 which probably will be wrong, too. That one came from a Walker-area guy who has no excuse for such optimism.

On the far end of the guesses, definitely in the screwball range, was a local medical professional, who shall remain anonymous, who guessed Aug. 1. Yes, August. We double-checked.

And there was a pessimistic lady who declared the ice was never going to go out and that we’d just begun a new Ice Age. We sympathize, ma’am.

Neither of those guesses was included in the official 236 count.

Oh, yeah. There was one confused entrant who guessed April 31! Since April doesn’t have 31 days, we flipped a coin (April 30? May 1?) and assigned it to April 30.

The date that got the most guesses was May 1, with 22.

The next-most were April 28 with 19; April 30 with 18; and April 27 and 29 with 17 each.

So that everyone knows what kind of competition they’re facing (if they can remember what date they chose), here’s the spread and count, excluding the nut-cases mentioned above.

April 11, 13 and 16 — 1 each

April 17 — 4

April 18 — 1

April 19 — 2

April 20 — 6

April 21 — 7

April 22 — 3

April 23 — 16

April 24 — 10

April 25 — 13

April 26 — 15

April 27 — 17

April 28 — 19

April 29 — 18

April 30 — 18

May 1 — 22

May 2 — 9

May 3 — 15

May 4 — 6

May 5 — 10

May 6 — 5

May 7 — 3

May 8 — 1

May 9 — 1

May 10 — 7

May 13 — 1

May 14 — 1

May 15 — 2

May 20 — 1

In their haste to get their last-minute guesses in, two just-in-time entrants (4:48 and 4:50 p.m.) forgot to give us their names, addresses, phone numbers or anything except for the date and the e-mail address.

Fortunately, each responded the next day to our follow-up e-mails and are included in the 236 count.

Two entries arrived too late, in an e-mail sent at 5:11 p.m.

After double-checking that our computers had been re-set to daylight saving time (they had), we tossed them.

We’d also like to acknowledge the enthusiasm of many families, offices and workplaces that sent in guesses from all and sundry, including MeritCare Clinic and Andersen Log Homes.

As soon as the official call is made, The Pilot-Independent will announce the Ice-Out date and winners of this year’s contest and prizes.

Thank you for your enthusiam and support!

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