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Big Minnow

Willie at Zipple Bay. Excellent service.

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Big Minnow

Just wanted to publicly thank Willie, (plow truck and propane driver), for helping us out Saturday, January 14th.

Me and a buddy stopped at Red Lake Friday night and set up our wheelhouse and fished overnight for the (nightbite).

About 5:30 Saturday morning, got up and readied the house for the trip to LOW.

We pinned the leaf springs to the shackles and rechecked them twice with flashlight and then headed off to LOW.

Got to Zipple bay and proceeded onto the ice, Got almost to Lydia street and the wheel fell off the fishhouse. (operator error).

I thought I was begining a multi-day thousand dollar adventure.

We unhooked the house and headed back to the resort for help. Thats when we ran into Willie who was monitoring the icebridge so I approched him with our story of woe and he said he would take a look, long story short, Willie took the wheel assembely off and back to the shop, welded it better than new, brought it back out and reassembled it, and all within a couple of hours and at what I thought was a very reasonable price.

So hats off to Willie and his co workers and Zipple Bay.

Thank You.

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mark n

I am interested to hear what failed on the house so I can keep a better eye on mine.

And thanks for sharing the happy ending story.

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Big Minnow

Well, like I said, it was dark when we got the house road ready for the trip to LOW.

However, even after checking twice I somehow missed the fact that when I put the pin through the shackle and leaf spring, I actually missed the leaf spring and the wheight of the house just sat on top of the leaf spring.

Was a very dangerous condition and I'm lucky serious injury or worse didn't happen.

So all I can say is check and recheck your rigging and then check again.

The second part of the story is after we got the house set up on LOW, My buddy slipped on the ice and when we whent to emergency room in Baudette they exrayed his elbow and confirmed it was broke. So we had to take him back to the cities for surgury. We didn't get to wet a line at LOW this trip. eek

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mark n

thanks, B M

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CJH

I stayed at Zippel last year and am heading up there in March of this year. It seems like a well run operation, and the workers out on the ice are great!!

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R_B

They have helped us out of a jam more than once! Thanks guys!

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rustysetter

Minnow, we drove past your house Saturday morning, it looked disappointing. Too bad about your buddy and trip. Fishing was slow for us. The Zipple folks do a remarkable job a well run machine!

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