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Construction has begun on a new building for ice hockey lovers in Wadena. Hammers Construction of Perham started work Monday on the arena. Concrete work is being completed and steel arrives this week. Wadena Hockey Association officer Matt Lunde said he anticipates having ice on the rink by the first week of December. The Wadena Hockey Association has more than 100 members.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team has a first round bye in the Section 8AA tournament and will play the winner of No. 4 Hawley and No. 5 Breckenridge at 7 p.m. Friday on the WDC court. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Wadena-Deer Creek Principal Louis Rutten outlined steps to help students meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) at Monday evening's Wadena-Deer Creek school board meeting. The federal government's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires all schools in the nation make AYP in math and reading.
Joyce Boyne's request for a phased retirement was approved Monday night at District 2155's October meeting. The senior bookkeeper has the distinction of being the employee with the longest service to the district. Her starting date was Dec. 16, 1968. Boyne was one of the people who took shelter in the Wadena-Deer Creek High School on June 17, 2010 during the tornado, and she related the harrowing experience to the crowd that gathered last fall to see demolition work begin on the school. Unlike many of the building's occupants that took shelter in the locker room below ground.
Ashby quarterback Blake Ohren ran for 195 yards and one TD while passing for six more as the Arrows ambushed Mike Mahlen's Verndale Pirates 62-26 Wednesday in a wild regular season finale at Ashby. Both teams got off to a fast start with three TDs hitting the scoreboard before the 11-minute mark of the first quarter. The Arrows led 16-12 after one quarter and then exploded for 30 points in the second quarter to take a 46-20 lead into the half. Andy Bounds returned a short kick 53 yards for Verndale's first score and Colton Moyer went in from the 11 for the second.
It's just a hunch, but maybe a person does not need a crystal ball to see into the future. Common sense can be a pretty good substitute. The future of pheasant hunting is currently in doubt because of the shrinking number of acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Like the old Soil Bank Program of the 1950s, the CRP acres have given grassland-loving creatures a home and room to expand. There were 1.7 million acres enrolled in the program 20 years ago.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls and boys cross country teams placed ninth and 11th respectively Monday in the Park Rapids Invitational at the Headwaters Golf Course. WDC's Emma Schmitz had a strong race as she paced the WDC girls with a sixth place time of 15:34.19. The WDC freshman earned all-conference honors at Staples Oct. 13. Roseau freshman Madeline Huglen placed four seconds in front of Schmitz with a time of 15:34.19.
The Royalton Royals reeled off their third straight victory Wednesday as they stopped Wadena-Deer Creek 40-14 in the regular season finale for both clubs. Logan Meyer hit paydirt on fourth quarter runs of one and 65 yards to put WDC's two touchdowns on the board. The WDC senior standout had 232 rushing yards on a staggering 35 carries. He also caught three passes for 48 yards. The game saw senior Jake Rude suffer a concussion in the first quarter.
A good night at the net propelled the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines past Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 3-1 Tuesday night in their regular season finale. Squaring off against the school they faced in the Section 8AA finals last year at Hawley, the Wolverines claimed 25-12 and 25-21 victories before falling to the Rebels 25-22 in Game 3. The Wolverines took the match with a 25-19 victory in Game 4. Five WDC volleyers recorded blocks in the game, led by Emily Miron's 14 and Melissa Moenkedick's 10.
A 15-year-old Dalton girl was killed and seven other people were injured in a Sunday morning collision at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 210 and Otter Tail County Highway 33 in Otter Tail County. Skylah Oksness was a passenger in a 1999 Buick Regal driven by Aimee Magnusson, 18, of Fergus Falls when it collided with a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice driven by Sasha Parker, 24, of Battle Lake at approximately 2:30 a.m.