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Pirates open season May 13 against D.L.

The Perham Pirates will kick0off the 2007 season against the new Detroit Lakes Angels on Sunday, May 13.

First-pitch will be at 1:30 p.m. at Al Krueger Field.

Bike Club in Ottertail May 15

The Lakes Area Bike Club's next ride will be on Tuesday, May 15 in the Ottertail Area. Riders should meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Otter Supper Club, located on Highway 78 in Ottertail.

There will be varying ride lengths and helmets are recommended. There is no charge to ride with the club and new riders of all abilities are always welcome.

For more information, contact Jerry Huebsch at 218-346-7623 or e-mail at

The Lakes Area Bike Club is online at

Sign up for 'Average Jo'

Now is the time to register for the 4th Annual Average Jo Triathlon. This year's fundraising race for Kinship of the Perham Area will be held Saturday, June 30.

The race consists of a 1/3 mile swim in Little Pine Lake, followed by a 12-mile bike ride around Little Pine, topped off by a 3.8 mile run around the Cal Miller Bike Trail.

The race begins, transisitions and ends at Paul Miller Park, north of Perham. The Average Jo's hit the water at 9 a.m.

Individual entry fee is $35. Relay teams pay $90. Registration deadline is May 15.

Awards will be given to 1-2-3 places in six age categories plus several other awards.

Call Kinship at 346-7102 or e-mail for more information.

Register for PLGC Jr. Golf

Registration for the Perham Lakeside Junior Golf Program will take place at the PACC May 10th through the 12th during Summer Rec sign-up.

Lakeside's Junior Golf program is open to boys and girls ages 5 to 16 and will take place for six weeks beginning June 15.

For additional information, please contact PLGC Head Golf Professional Nick Anderson at 346-6070.

PACC U-10 and

U-12 Soccer

The Perham Area Community Center (PACC) is organizing U-10 and U-12 traveling youth soccer teams for this summer.

They are looking for volunteer coaches to help run both boys and girls teams. If you are interested, contact the PACC at 346-PACC (7222) for more information.

Walleye Wayne Golf Tournament May 19

The 2nd Annual Walleye Wayne Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on May 19 at 1 p.m. at Perham Lakeside Golf Club.

The proceeds from the Walleye Wayne Tournament benefits the Angel of Hope Park in Perham.

For additional information, please contact PLGC Head Golf Professional Nick Anderson at 346-6070.

'Star Shooter' camp June 14 in NYM

New York Mills High School head boys basketball coach Bryan Dunrud is looking for local athletes to participate in the Star Shooter Shooting Camp hosted by professional shooting coach Jay Wolf. The camp is scheduled for June 14 and is open to girls and boys, grades 5 and up. The Star Shooting Camp needs a minimum of 30 participants per session.

The shooting camp will be divided into two 3-hour sessions, with grades 5-7 meeting from 9 a.m. to 12:30 pm; and grades 8 and up meeting from 1:30-5 p.m.

The shooting camp will consist of, and teach: Proper shooting technique; A free throw method that produces a 90 percent success rate; How to become your own shooting coach; A proven practice method that develops all the skills needed to score consistently against any defense

The fee for the Star Shooting Camp is $35. This fee includes complete shooting instruction of all above goals and all three parts of the Star Shooting Camp which includes: A Training Video, A Practice Manual, and A Patented Training Aid.

To register for the Star Shooter Shooters Camp please contact Bryan Dunrud at (218)-385-2553 ext. 273.

NYM Summer Basketball Camp

New York Mills basketball coach Bryan Dunrud will be running a camp for boys and girls June 18-21. The camp is for kids in grades 3-9 and will go from 1-3 p.m. at the Mills Sports Center.

The camp offers a solid foundation in skill development and motivation. The teaching progression takes into account age and skill differences. Participants will develop listening skills and goal setting, as well as develop confidence, a love for the game, athleticism and improvement of individual skills.

Pre-registration must be turned in by June 8. Cost for the camp is $25 for New York Mills players, and $35 for kids outside the NYM school district.

Every camp participant will receive a mini basketball and a Certificate of Participation.

PLGC Ladies League now forming

Organizational meetings for the new Ladies 9 and 18 hole golf leagues will be held on May 16 at Perham Lakeside Golf Club.

The new 18-hole Morning League will have a lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Mulligans, with the 9-hole Afternoon League meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m., both on May 16.

For more information, you can contact Morning League officers Vonnie Salness at 346-2806 or Diane Buckhouse at 346-4610. For more info on the Afternoon League contact officers Connie Mort at 346-3000 or Bridgit Pankonin 346-6462.

Chamber Golf Scramble

The Perham Area Chamber Golf Scramble will be held on Friday, June 1 at Perham Lakeside Golf Club.

Registration will begin at Noon and golf will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Social hour will be at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow around 6:30 p.m.

To get your team signed up for the 4-person scramble, or to get more information, call Dan Schroeder at the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce at 346-7710 or 800-634-6112. Space is limited to the first 124 golfers.

You don't have to golf to come out and enjoy the day. There are separate tickets for just the dinner and the don't forget the social hour at 5:30 p.m.

Anglers encouraged to buy licenses early

The tackle box is organized, the rods have been rigged, the boat has been tuned-up, the destination has been determined - must mean it's about time for the 2007 Minnesota fishing season.

With the excitement surrounding the opener, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers to make sure they purchase their fishing license before they drop a line in the water.

"Buying your fishing license early will save time on the way to the lake," explained Linda Erickson-Eastwood, DNR fisheries program manager. "It also lessens the chance that electronic license sales equipment will be overloaded with sales in the hours before the opener."

When purchasing a fishing license, Electronic Licensing System (ELS) agents will again ask anglers a fishing-related question. These questions are an ongoing part of the ELS process.

"It's a relatively inexpensive way for us to gather a large sample of public opinion," Erickson-Eastwood said. "The information will be used by us to better gage public opinion on important management issues."

Fishing licenses are required for resident anglers age 16 and older and all nonresidents. Licenses may be purchased in person at one of 1,800 statewide ELS agents. They are also available online at or by phone at 1-888-665-4236 (1-MN-LICENSE). There is $3.50 convenience fee for telephone or online purchases.

NYM Baseball Walleye Tournament June 9

The New York Mills Youth Baseball Association is holding a walleye tournament June 9 on Big Pine Lake.

Registration is open for this first-time tournament with cash paid to the top 10 places. First place is guaranteed $1,000 with all other places based on a full field of 65 teams. Cash prizes will be awarded by total team weight.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding this tournament or to get an entry form should call 385-3259 or 385-2698.

Entry fee is $125 for 2-person teams. Fishing hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., June 9, on Big Pine Lake. Tournament headquarters will be at Ron Ehnert Beach where the contestants will start and end.

Walleyes - minimum length is 14". Limit of six fish. There is a slot on Big Pine and all fish between 18" and 26" must be released. Any infraction of this rule will result in disqualification.

Tournament will be catch and release. No dead fish will be weighed. All boats must be inspected before tournament hours. Inspection will begin at 5:30 a.m.

A mandatory rules and orientation meeting will be held at Lund Park in NY Mills on June 8, 7 p.m. One member of each team must attend unless other arrangements have been made. All proceeds go towards the benefit and development of NY Mills youth baseball.

Fishing and Boating Bargain Market June 9-10

Visitors to the 1st annual Rotary Fishing and Boating Bargain Market will find boating, fishing and water recreational merchandise as well as entertainment for kids and families, special events and food.

Anglers and others anxious to pursue outdoor fun are invited to the two-day event June 9-10 at the fairgrounds in Park Rapids. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Boating and fishing items from boats to rods and reels to fishing-related home and cabin décor will be available from a wide range of vendors at bargain prices. Since the Fishing and Boating Bargain Market is the weekend before Father's Day, a gift may be in order.

Rotarians and friends are planning a fish fry at the 4-H food stand on the fairgrounds with other food choices and beverages, including beer, available.

The Park Rapids Rotary Club, sponsors of the event, will donate net proceeds to benefit Park Rapids area youth and educational activities.

The same weekend, Walker is hosting its 2nd annual Marine and Power Sports Show with vendors and dealers outdoor equipment and other items for recreation on land and water. Check it out June 8-10 at Walker City Park on Leech Lake.