People who ice fish are a close-knit bunch, and for many people, ice fishing is no just a way to pass the time in winter, it is a family tradition passed on from generation to generation.

People who ice fish are a close-knit bunch, and for many people, ice fishing is no just a way to pass the time in winter, it is a family tradition passed on from generation to generation. It is no wonder that this group of people come together in both good times and bad to support each other.

Back in January, 8-year old Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. was helping his father, Alan Sr., set up their ice fishing house on Chisago Lake near Chisago City. A snowmobile struck and crashed through their fish house, injuring Alan Sr. and dragging Alan Jr. across the ice. He would later die of his injuries.

Shortly after this tragic incident, Brett Drexler of Ice Castle Fish Houses in Montevideo received an email on the Ice Castle website from a person who had heard about the boy’s death and wondered if there was anything Ice Castle could do.

What Ice Castle did was to design a custom fish house for the Geisenkoetter family in memory of their son. Drexler said: “We named it Alan’s Castle because the grandpa’s name is Alan, the father’s name is Alan Sr., and of course the little boy was named Alan Jr.”

Drexler designed the house and added personal touches like photos of Alan Jr. which were hung on the walls.

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