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What fires a teacher up to teach? Scrap metal, of course. With the start of another school year approaching a delegation of Minnesota teachers paid a visit to Wadena Hide and Fur Tuesday and Wednesday to hunt for treasure. The treasure they were seeking was not gold or silver, it was rusty iron. Metal that had been forged into a plethora of shapes and sizes. Tom and Rich Paper had invited the group to their U.S. Highway 10 scrap yard to hunt for the more interesting pieces of scrap. The scrap season started early this year for the local business.
The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board approved a two-year lease agreement with M State-Wadena, ensuring classroom space for their top four grades. District 2155's lease agreement with the neighboring technical college is for $63,751 a year. The lease calls for the use of 17 classrooms as well as other services. The June 17 tornado that destroyed the building housing the high school, middle school and administrative offices left roughly half of WDC's student population without a home.
Brett Favre and Fred Norlien would understand each other completely. They are both playful specimens of the human race. The Rev. Norlien was the man who took a bunch of us tenderfoots up to Boundary Waters Canoe Area many years ago. The trip proved to be a stressful, exasperating and unforgettable experience. We were duped into believing that our leader just meant to introduce us to the beauties of the BWCA. He had much more than that on his agenda. He was going to play games with us.
Hi-10 League runner-up Wadena-Deer Creek will take on Lake and Pine South runner-up Verndale Saturday in a 1:30 p.m. Region 14C baseball game in Nimrod. The Shockers will play two games Saturday, win or lose. A victory over Verndale will pit them against Resorters East champ Miltona or Lake and Pine South wild card Nimrod at 5 p.m. in Nimrod. Miltona and Nimrod play a 10 a.m. game Saturday in Sebeka. A loss will send the Shockers against the loser of the Miltona-Nimrod game at 5 p.m.
The Verndale School Board covered 21 items in their busy July meeting Monday night ranging from hiring teachers to establishing a new policy regarding the use of cell phones. In discussing revisions to the student handbook, the board addressed the policy of cell phone camera use by students. Board member Bill Blaha pointed out that there is a lot of litigation under way because of the inappropriate use of cell phone cameras. Verndale students are allowed to carry cell phones during the day but they must be turned off during class time.
The first professional vs. amateur Pig and Wing Cook-off will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Wadena Elks Lodge. Organizers Don Scheller and Tyler Ehrmantraut expect 20-25 contestants for the 4 p.m. event, which is expected to draw a crowd of 500. Ehrmantraut works in the meat department at Super One in Wadena and has his own backyard barbecuing business. He has won state awards for his meat recipes. For a $10 fee, guests will be able to sample 10 baby back rib recipes, 20 chicken wing recipes and vote for their favorites. They will also have the option of having five drinks.
The District 2155 school board voted to hire the Kraus-Anderson Construction Company as their construction manager Monday evening with the hope of spurring action by their insurance carrier, Riverport Insurance Group. Holding its sixth straight Monday meeting since the June 17 tornado destroyed the Wadena-Deer Creek senior and junior high and the district offices, the board gave ample sign that their patience with their insurance carrier has run out. According to WDC superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom, Riverport has shown signs it would like to negotiate but has given her no official figures.
If you are the Minnesota Vikings and the Super Bowl eluded you by a field goal last year you have to feel like this could be your year. All it will take is healthy and productive Brett Favre, a few less fumbles by Adrian Peterson, another big year from Minnesota receivers Sidney Rice, Bernard Berrian, Visanthe Shiancoe and Percy Harvin, and a defensive line that includes Pat and Kevin Williams for the entire season. Throw in a healthy E.J. Henderson and Antoine Winfield and who knows? Maybe the Vikings will be playing in their first Super Bowl since 1978 next February?
Detroit Lakes' Phil Kirchner parked a three-run walk-off homer in the ninth inning Saturday as Detroit Lakes defeated Bluffton 10-9 in Hi-10 League playoff action. The Braves scored at least once in four of the first five innings for an 8-3 lead over the second-ranked Angels. Marc Sweere's solo shot in the eighth sent Bluffton into the ninth with a 9-7 lead. Kirk Beebout and Chris Gilson set the table for Kirchner and after Taylor Fuhs popped out, Kirchner took Bluffton's Kyle Dykhoff over the fence. Kurt Mursu and Marc Sweere came up with two ribbies each for Bluffton.
Members of the Wadena VFW baseball team that played in the district tournament were (front, l-r) Joey Price, Jeremy Hoemberg, Cory McManigle, Jake Rude, Bridger Pettit and Matt Laughlin; (back) Coach Nick Goeden, Jonathan Goeden, David Najjar, Christian Berg, Isaac Zeise, Ryan Redfield, Nick Schmitz and assistant coach Kevin Tumberg. Not pictured: Kenny Sakry and Jake Krause. Photo provided.