2017 Catfish Days Results:
Miss Franklin: Shyann Koupal
Kiss the Catfish: Tasha Zieske
Total money raised by contestants, $8,250.29 to the Cougar Cub Day Care Center Playground Project
Dev. Corp. Raffle:
$500 Wesley Lund, Franklin
$300 Cory Schlecter, Franklin
$100 Chris Wood, Franklin
$100 David Lanning, Sacred Heart
1st B & G $800
2nd Clobes $500
3rd Gish $300
Hard Luck Xpress $200
3 Team Hacker
4 Team Ferrier
1 Block Party
2 Dalton's Bumping Uglies
3 Stephen's Drywall
4 Team Kerkhoff
FRANKLIN LIONS FISHING CONTEST
1st Place, $100 – Lions. Trophy: Franklin Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
Winner: Mike Raedel, Redwood Falls, MN 37#, 2 oz.
2nd Place, $50 – Lions. Trophy: Franklin Amstar
Winner: Brady Gruis, George, IA 36#, 5 oz.
3rd Place, $25 – Lions. Trophy: Morton BP
Winner: Mike Sowder, Redwood Falls, MN 35# 10 oz.
4th Place, $25 – Lions. Trophy: City of Franklin
Winner: Logan Miller, St. Peter, MN 33#, 6 oz.
Ladies, $10 – Lions. Trophy: Palmyra Farmers Mutual Insurance
Winner: Nina Veltz, Redwood Falls, MN 29#, 4 oz.
Junior (under 16) $10 – Lions. Trophy: South Central Grain & Energy
Winner: Noah Christianson, Sleepy Eye, MN 30#, 7 oz.
Boys (Under 10) $10 – Lions. Trophy: MN Valley Telephone Co
Winner: Colton Birkemeyer, Franklin, MN 24#, 12 oz.
Girls (Under 10) $10 – Lions. Trophy: Franklin State Bank
Winner: Eliza Bentson, Morton, MN 8#, 12 oz.
Largest Channel Cat $10 – Lions. Trophy: Meadowland Farmers Coop.
Winner: Lance Neal, Blackduck, MN 18#, 6 oz.
Number of Registered Fishermen: 210
Trivia ~ The largest tournament fish was 52 lbs., 5 oz. caught in 2013 by Steve Fisher
LARGEST CATFISH CAUGHT IN THE CATFISH DAYS FISHING CONTEST:
1976 William Bielke Morgan 28 lb., 4 oz.
1977 Dave Mude Morton 9 lb., 4 oz.
1978 Bob Headstrom Morgan 30 lb., 0oz.
1979 John Sperl Morton 11 lb., 2oz.
1980 Richard Peterman Sleepy Eye 11.43 lb.
1981 Steve Hjulberg Franklin 24lb., 12oz.
1982 Reginald Wood Franklin 15 lb., 5 oz.
1983 Ed Dagner New Ulm 23 lb., 9oz.
1984 Randy Tetrick Redwood Falls 27 lb., 0 oz.
1985 Joe Warner Redwood Falls 28 lb., 0 oz.
1986 Ed Dagner New Ulm 30 lb., 0 oz.
1987 Les Peterson Fremont, CA 23 lb., 4oz.
1988 Brian Guess Emmetsburg, IA 29 lb., 0 oz.
1989 Bob Reeves Winthrop 38 lb., 0 oz.
1990 Bob Headstrom Morgan 37 lb., 9 oz.
1991 Terry Johnson New Hope 39 lb., 8 oz.
1992 Jason Johnson Eagan 39 lb., 2 oz.
1993 Terry Johnson New Hope 34 lb., 4 oz.
1994 Dean Scheer No. Redwood 37 lb., 0 oz.
1995 Ryan Lawrenz Sleepy Eye 29 lb., 2 oz.
1996 Keith Grunke Franklin 44 lb., 0 oz.
Brent Koch Franklin
1997 Dean Scheer No. Redwood 33 lb., 14 oz
Mike Huston Granite Falls
1998 Mike Bratsch Redwood Falls 42 lb., 8 oz.
1999 Doug Marshall Bloomington 43 lb., 2 oz.
2000 David Bawden Morton 47 lb., 0 oz.
2001 Aaron Hyatt Milford, IA 46 lb., 8 oz.
2002 Levi Niswander Ocheyeden, IA 41 lb., 13 oz.
2003 Charles Scheer Redwood Falls 42 lb., 11 oz.
2004 Michelle Newburs Willmar 48 lb., 8 oz.
2005 Brian Schwarting Harris, IA 41 lb., 11 oz.
2006 Adam Kindler Redwood Falls 49 lb., 13 oz.
2007 Dave Tribble Redwood Falls 46 lb., 8 oz.
2008 Gordie Mach Zimmerman 47 lb., 0 oz.
2009 Tyler Stage Redwood Falls 49 lb., 0 oz.
2010 Adam Chmelar Redwood Falls 44 lbs., 3 oz.
2011 David Bawden Redwood Falls 44 lbs., 5 oz.
2012 Madison Whitcomb Litchfield 24 lbs., 7 oz.
2013 Steve Fisher South Haven 52 lbs. 5 oz.
2014 Chris Hattendorf Ashton, IA 46#, 14 oz.
2015 Cory Eckstein Sleepy Eye, MN 32#, 7 oz.
2016 Tate Godthunder Redwood Falls, MN 41#, 1 oz.
2017 Mike Raedel Redwood Falls, MN 37#, 2 oz.
2017 D & S Kids Pedal Pull:
1st Hyde Kramer, Gibbon
2nd Stela Bavier, Redwood Falls
3rd Samantha Rigge, Redwood Falls
1st Kendra Geisler, Fairfax
2nd Emma Lee, Morton
3rd Ayden Ziemer, New London
1st Gabe Grounau, Redwood Falls
2nd Jett Prahl, Morton
3rd Ella Freitag, Morgan
1st Tyson Nez, Bird Island
2nd Ythan Rendon, Franklin
3rd Lydia Utz, Elk River
1st Addison Sullivan, Franklin
2nd Kody Wenish, Morton
3rd Jaydee Hoffmann. Morgan
1st Chloe Victor, Fairfax
2nd John Sondag, Lafayette
3rd Grace Sullivan, Franklin
1st Antonio Ruiz, Sleepy Eye
2nd Jack Dalien, Spicer
3rd Carter Klages, Fairfax
1st Garrett Cramer, Faulkton, SD
2nd Braylan Freitag, Fairfax
3rd Sydney Menk, Alexandria
Total Entries: 120
1st RJ Goodthunder and Jordan Gullickson, Morton
2nd Jacob Rohlik and Dalton Salfer, Wabasso
3rd Justin Peterson, Redwood Falls, and Shawn Erickson, Morgan
4th Tom Liebl and Paul Liebl, Fairfax
Catfish Days Chairman: Corey Gruendemann 507-240-0981
2017 Catfish Days Events:
Fishing Contest: begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and closes at noon on Sunday. Must register at City Hall before fishing. No early registration! Contest is DNR approved. Trophies and cash prizes for channel and flathead catfish. Contest fees: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 10 years. Contact Tom Ness 507-430-1408** Rules – see below.
Street Dances: Live Bands! Friday Evening "Fallen Kingz" 8:30 p.m..-12:30 a.m.. Saturday Evening: "Hicktown Mafia" 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Sunday Parades: Kiddie Parade at 1:00p.m. Contact Doreen Serbus at 507-557-2345 or email@example.com ; Grand Parade at 1:30, Contact Joe or April Sullivan at 507-557-3265 or 320-212-3406. No numbers - 1st come 1st lined up.
Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Contact Robin Kokesch 507-430-1073 or firstname.lastname@example.org 2017 Volleyball Registration Form
Men's Softball Tournament: Saturday and Sunday. Contact Brent Sandmann at 507-430-0221or email@example.com
Firemen's Kickball: Friday, 8:15 p.m. Contact Corey Gruendemann, 507-240-0981
Franklin Fire & Rescue 5k: Saturday: Registration 7:30 a.m., Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Contact Ash Heibel, 573-289-3409
Queen Contest/Variety Show: Friday 7:30 p.m. Contact Jane Sullivan, 507-557-8236.
Bouncy Houses: Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Main Street
Bean Bag Tourney: Saturday by the ballpark, 11:00 registration, 12:00 p.m. start, double elimination. Contact Katie Madsen at 507-430-2913.
Kiss the Catfish Contest: Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Donations accepted throughout town. Who will kiss the catfish this year??? Brian (Baller) McCorquodale, Wendy (Wet Lips) Pederson, or Tasha (Trollin') Zieske??? Contact Katie Fox at 507-557-2233.
Craft & Vendor Show: Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. Contact Tammy Mettling at 507-766-6738.
Music at the Park: Saturday; Sunday after the parade, by DJ Butler.
Kids Pedal Pull: Sanctioned tournament held on Sunday after the parade at Sacred Heart Church parking lot, approximately 3 p.m., contact Amy Koupal 507-557-2783.
Raffle: Sponsored by the Franklin Community Development Corporation...1st Prize - $500, 2nd Prize - $300, 3rd/4th Prizes $100 each. Tickets available at area businesses and from Development Corporation Members. Drawing at 3:30 p.m. Sunday-you do not need to be present to win.
Church Services: Sunday at St. Luke's Lutheran and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Souvenirs and raffle tickets available at City Hall before and during Catfish Days:
T-Shirts, Caps, Pins, Can Coolers, Key Chains
~ Food Stands ~ Beer Wagons ~ Soft Drinks ~ Souvenirs ~
Thank you for supporting the local organizations and businesses!