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How important are sports to a school's enrollment? Open enrollment has been a reality in Minnesota for many years and it has created a type of market place that appeals to many student athletes and their parents. Don Kostelecky, the longtime activities director in Fergus Falls, once told me about the questions he fielded from families interested in moving to that west central Minnesota community. The parents were naturally interested in seeing their kids receive a good education but their questions often centered on sports. What sports did the school offer?
The 48th Annual Corn and Chicken feed is being held at BN Park in Wadena from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The team of Kyle and Terry Davis, Wes Janson and Jamie Pettit took top honors Friday in the Wadena Hockey Slapshot Scramble at Whitetail Run. Runner-up honors in the six-team golf event went to Scott Carr, Mike Carr Sr. and Duff Erholtz. The scramble is a fundraiser for the Wadena Hockey Association.
Dustin Geiser spun a five-hitter Sunday as the Bluffton Braves blanked Nimrod 5-0 to stay alive in the Region 14C baseball tournament at Perham. Geiser was on target for all nine innings. He did not surrender a walk and three of the five hits he gave up were to the same player - Paul Funk. Geiser struck out four in out-dueling Nimrod's Alex Brockpahler. The Nimrod started went the first six frames before giving way to Funk, who pitched the last three innings. The Braves broke the game open in the sixth when they pushed four runs across the plate.
Everyone knows the Minnesota Vikings want to get it right this time. Teddy Bridgewater is our fledgling quarterback this season and the Vikes are counting on him to take them to the Super Bowl in the years ahead. Just a few seasons ago the Vikes were counting on Christian Ponder to be that player. Hopes rose when he helped them make the NFC playoffs in 2012, but he was just plain disappointing in 2013. We expect our quarterbacks to come out of college wearing a high polish these days because the college game is so good.
Wayne Dykhoff’s Wadena-Deer Creek Senior Babe Ruth team racked up three victories in five decisions over four days to capture runner-up honors in the 13-15 state tournament at Cold Spring...
Men's Morning League (July 23) Supernaturals Brown-Duncan 195, Carr-Waldahl 166, Priebe-Bender 164, Schmidt-Breuer 162, Caya-Burton 158, Wignall-Tellers 158, Longie-Priebe 156, Olson-Adams 147, Conzemius-Szczech 146, Breid-Kopponen 140 Legends Anderson-Olson 187, Palloch-Weisenbecker 177, Domier-Macklem 172, Nelson-Heilig 162, Bounds-Mahlen 150, Hoffman-Noon 146, Lein-Blazek 126, Aldeen-Tobin 126, Moore-Ness 125, Dahms-Winkels 125, Wirta-Rude 96
Lehmkuhl, Hinojos earn Mid-State honors Wadena-Deer Creek senior Michaela Lehmkuhl and junior Maddy Hinojos have earned Mid-State Conference fastpitch softball honors for the 2014 season. Lehmkuhl, who played third base and catcher, was named to the all-conference team.
The blather of the off-season is over and the Minnesota Vikings have returned to Mankato like a flock of purple swallows. Mike Zimmer and his staff have a cartload of players to make a team from and it is crucial that they succeed. They also have a lot of bugaboos to run off. The New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens did not have the most talent when they won their most recent Super Bowl titles. Seattle was not supposed to be that much better than Denver last February in Super Bowl XLVIII but they clobbered the Broncos 43-8. They did not turn the ball over four times.
Members of the Wadena County Republican Party held a meet and greet for 13 of their representatives and candidates Saturday at Sunnybrook Park North. Invited for the late afternoon event were Mark Anderson, a former Wadena resident, Steve Green, Ron Kresha and Mary Frason (state representatives), Paul Gazelka and Bill Ingebrigtsen (state senators), Jeff Johnson, who is running for governor; Torrey Westrom, a candidate for the U.S. House District 7 seat, Stewart Mills, running for the U.S.