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The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board approved the maximum local levy amount of $1,581,805.87 at its December meeting Monday night at the WDC Elementary Media Center. The local levy is expected to generate $8,577,049.95 in 2011-12 federal and state aid. The local levy amount is a 3.12 percent increase over last year's $1,533,933.33 ($47,812.44). WDC's local levy amount has swung between a low of $583,229.58 and a high of $1,737,677.32 over the last 13 years. The board also approved Perkins+Will and Kraus-Anderson storm shelter contracts in the amounts of $112,550 and $959,461 respectively.
Four first period goals carried the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils past Morris/Benson Area 6-2 Tuesday for their first victory in five decisions. Katelyn Barthel scored twice for the Blue Devils. Morgan Zeise iced the game's first goal. Ashley Helseth and Kat Benney scored their first varsity goals. Katelyn Peters scored the team's final goal.
Justin Gordan, Dillon Card and Colin Turchin claimed individual championships Saturday as the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders took fourth in the eight-team Barnesville Invitational. Gordan pinned Barnesville's Zach Anderson at the 2:23 mark of their 106-pound match. Card won by fall over Barnesville's Josh Harris at the 5:17 mark.
Eight Prairie Center players scored goals Tuesday night as the North Stars roughed up Wadena-Deer Creek 9-1 at the Long Prairie Expo Arena. Bridger Pettit stung Prairie Center with the game's first goal at the 2:45 mark of the opening period. Christian Berg and Shane Motschenbacher earned assists on the goal. Sean Colton and Nate Mettenburg brought the North Stars back scoring two goals apiece in a five-goal first period for Prairie Center. Colton went on to have a four-point game for the North Stars. Cody Bartkowicz joined Mettenburg with three-point games.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines had far too much Christmas spirit at the free throw line Tuesday night to suit Keith Ferris. The head man of the WDC girls' basketball squad saw his team commit 26 fouls in their 67-58 Mid-State Conference loss to Detroit Lakes. The Lakers cashed in on WDC's floor troubles by canning 20 of 30 free throw shots. "We can't give another team 20 points from the free throw line," Ferris said. Down 38-24 at the midway point, the Wolverines staged a strong comeback and out-scored the Lakers 34-28 in the second half.
Ryan Redfield and the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines wowed a hometown crowd with their three-point gunnery Tuesday night as they connected on 13 shots from downtown in a 74-47 thumping of Pine River-Backus. The Wolverines, who have had trouble scoring this season, hit their first four treys for a quick 12-0 lead. The Wolverines led 46-22 at the midway point. "Tonight was a fun night for the team," WDC Head Coach Tom VanErp said.
State-ranked wrestlers Sam Waln, Mitch Steffens and Tony Reurink all won three times Saturday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed fifth in the Park Rapids Invitational. The Wolverines lost to Lisbon (N.D.) 56-16 but gave up 30 points on forfeits. Four forfeits proved costly in a 48-28 loss to Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena/Indus. The Wolverines claimed nine of 14 matches in a 51-24 victory over Deer River in the fifth-place match. Waln decisioned Lisbon's Taylor Busche 6-0 and pinned Deer River's Spencer Tibbetts in 3:40 in a pair of 113-pound matches.
Wadena's first indoor high school hockey game since the 2009-2010 season is slated for Saturday when the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will host the Red Lake Falls Eagles in a 2 p.m. contest. Hammers Construction has constructed a steel frame structure on the site of the former Wadena Community Center. The building will be used exclusively for hockey and other skating activities.
Mim Maas wants you! Maas runs the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign in Wadena and she is looking for a group of volunteers to help her in raising $10,000 over the next two weeks. This year's campaign began Friday and will run for two weeks. Maas has three counter kettles where folks can drop their money and she will also have three "ringer" kettles stationed around town. One ringer station will be at Wal-Mart and another will be at SuperOne.
The District 818 board gave Superintendent Paul Brownlow the green light last week to provide Verndale school with better security and an elementary reading coach in the near future. Brownlow provided the board with a estimate from Protection Systems, Inc. of Fargo and the board approved the expenditure of $24,952. Protection Systems will be installing card access at the west doors of the school and cameras in the elementary wing.