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Walleye tournament

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I just got this in a email did not see anything posted here so I figured to post it up. This is all I know about it...

Jesse and Rachel Yerbich are looking for anglers. The couple, formerly of Bemidji, are hosts of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Walleye Classic on Lake Bemidji later this summer, and they need competitors.

"We have 70 slots and only eight filled so far," Rachel Yerbich said last week.

The couple lost their 4½-month-old son, Benjamin, to SIDS last September.

They came up with the idea to hold some kind of tournament to benefit SIDS research and other SIDS families and raise awareness about SIDS.

"We thought about having a golf tournament, but Jesse doesn't golf," Rachel said. "But he does fish."

So they decided to have a fishing tournament to raise money. The tourney will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 on Lake Bemidji. Registrations are $200 per two-person team. To register or for more information, see www.sidswalleyeclassic.com, go to Gander Mountain in Bemidji or call 406-262-7373.

Besides the tournament, there will be other activities for kids, including a duck pond, ring toss, face painting and bingo. The Yerbiches have since moved to Montana, but they will return for the tournament that they say will honor their son and other infants who have died from SIDS.

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Are there any updates on if this event is still a go, and how many boats are entered at this time?

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The event is still a go as of now I believe. I do not have exact numbers, but I know there are quite a few spots open yet.

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just starting to see a few flyers up around town...

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