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Sometimes credit cards and cash are not necessary to make your dreams come true. That is the whole idea behind Hewitt's Barter Fest. The Barter Fest was organized last year by Michael Dagen of Hewitt. People can barter, or trade, their goods and services at the Barter Fest and they can also do some camping while they listen to live music. Last Saturday's Barter Fest drew 400-500 people to the small Todd County town. Dagen is an audio engineer who has a lot of contacts in the music business which is why more than 15 bands showed up for 12 hours of continuous music.
The District 2155 school board voted to approve the coaching contract of Wadena-Deer Creek head coach Tom VanErp for a third season at Monday night's September board meeting after supporters came out on the coach's side. VanErp has been head coach of the Wolverines for the past two seasons. He has taught and coached in the WDC school system for 16 years. Following the 2010-2011 school year some of VanErp's players were frustrated about the season they had and refused to play for him again.
There had to be some sore feet in Underwood last Friday night after the Rockets tacked up a 28-6 victory over Verndale. Kyle Jensen scored all four of Underwood's touchdowns as he racked up a whopping 243 yards on 28 carries. But for all of Jensen's heroics, the Rockets were guilty of shooting themselves in the foot 13 times in the Pheasant Conference game for a loss of 88 yards. Jensen gave Underwood the early advantage by zipping 65 yards for a first quarter touchdown.
Sarah Moenkedick came up with 22 digs and 21 assists and Jordanna Schluttner recorded 14 blocks Monday night as the Verndale Pirates notched a 3-1 win over Eagle Valley. The Pirates squeaked out a 27-25 win in Game 1 and dominated Game 2 25-7. The Rebels avoided a sweep by winning Game 3 25-19. The Pirates dominated Game 4 25-8. Teresa Moenkedick had a strong night offensively and defensively with 12 kills and 17 digs. Jordyn Glenz and Miranda Dougherty combined for 23 digs.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Emma Schmitz collected a 12th place finish in a 94-runner field Tuesday in the Bagley/Fosston Inivitational at Twin Pines Golf Course. The WDC freshman turned in a time of 16:46.57 to pace an 11th place team finish by the Wolverines.
Macy Hartman and Sarah Najjar were consolation champions and Paige Hartman placed fourth as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed sixth in the Mid-State Conference Tournament at Staples. Macy Hartman rallied from a loss at No. 1 singles to defeat Perham's Suzanne Coleman 6-0, 6-2 and Crosby-Ironton's Mariah Hudrlik 6-2, 6-2. Najjar also lost her first round match at No.
A Homecoming test with Perham had the Wadena-Deer Creek gym rocking Tuesday night and the state-ranked Wolverines prevailed over the Yellowjackets 25-17, 27-25, 25-13 to improve their season mark to 9-0. Coming off a win in the big Sauk Rapids Invitational, the Wolverines shook off a pumped up Perham squad to prevail in Game 1.
With one of the largest corn crops in the state resting in area fields, farmers in Wadena and eastern Otter Tail County have started the ball rolling with their fall harvest. Farmers are beginning to harvest edible beans in the Wadena area and corn silage is also being chopped. Silage in piles can be harvested at 70 percent moisture and bagged silage can be taken at 65 percent, according to Scott Dau of Leaf River Ag. Dry weather in August and early September has prompted farmers to go after silage now.
Teresa Moenkedick came up with 13 digs and seven kills and Sarah Moenkedick passed out 12 assists Tuesday as the Verndale Pirates won their second straight by topping Hillcrest 25-17, 25-15, 25-14 in Verndale. Jordanna Schluttner played a solid game with nine digs, six kills and three blocks.
Mike Mahlen's Verndale Pirates made the most of an extra week of practice Friday as they clubbed E.C.H.O. Charter 60-0 in their season opener. The Pirates held the Rockets to just 73 yards on the ground and 12 through the air for a total of 85. Mahlen's club racked up 480 yards of offense with Andy Bounds gaining 170 yards on just seven carries and scoring three touchdowns.