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Absolute facts were scarce at District 2155's June school board meeting but chairperson Ann Pate reaffirmed that doors would be open for Wadena-Deer Creek students on Sept. 7 when classes are set to begin for the 2010-11 school year. The tornado that ripped through western Wadena Thursday, June 17 hit the high school head on, destroying huge sections of the roof, blowing out windows and making the structure dangerous to enter. Some sections of the school are so unsafe that structural engineers, who must assess the damage, will not enter them at this time.
Volunteer Martin Dockham of Verndale heads out Monday morning to help with the clean-up effort in Wadena. Those wishing to volunteer can do so at the in the old Wadena Pamida parking lot on North Jefferson or they can call (218) 640-3432.
The Menahga Braves finished fourth in the Class A state softball tournament last Friday by falling to Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 6-2 in 11 innings at North Mankato's Caswell Park. Rushelle Flaten went 5-for-6 at the plate to lead the Gators past Menahga in the third place contest. The Gators tied the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning but Menahga hurler Lindsey White tossed four scoreless innings before surrendering four runs in the top of the 11th. The Gators strung five hits together in the four-run 11th. White scattered 13 hits and four walks while fanning 10.
At one time in his life Greg Kempf once found himself serving in the United States Navy at Newport, Rhode Island. He was mighty disappointed when he discovered that there was no game to hunt in Newport in his off-duty hours. Since hunting was not an option, Kempf decided to take up pistol shooting for recreation, even though he doubted he could hit anything with a pistol when he first started out. Kempf eventually joined a Navy shooting team.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Kevin Tumberg, Cody Redfield and Tyler Wohlwend were selected to the Mid-State's All-Conference Baseball Team for the 2010 season. WDC players earning honorable mention were Ryan Nelson, Derrick Rude, Jake Rude and Colter Pettit.
Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Amos Schmidt placed 16th in 300 hurdles prelim action June 10 at the Class A state track and field meet in St. Paul. Running on Hamline's nine-lane track, the BHV senior posted a time of 43.54. Schmidt was competing in the state track meet for the second year in a row in the 300 hurdles. His 2009 time of 42.02 gave him 11th place in state competition. Schmidt qualified for the state meet in the Section 6A meet June 3 at Minnesota State University Moorhead by running a runner-up time of 40.28.
Southwest Wadena looked like a war zone Thursday evening and Louise Ollie was glad to be one of the survivors. Louise and her husband, Bruno, built their home at 728 Irving Ave. Southwest in Wadena 46 years ago. They raised their family there and they were looking forward to a wonderful weekend with the arrival of their children, Sandy and Steve, and their families. Sandy and her parents took shelter in the basement and heard two sirens go off. As the tornado struck, Louise was hit in the head with a cement block. She needed medical attention but there was no transportation available.
(Section 8) Fosston (18-5) vs. (Section 7) Deer River (19-7) -- 10 a.m. June 17 at Chaska Athletic Park. Both teams are making first tournament appearances, the only teams among the 24-team tournament field to do so. Neither team has played any other competitor in the field. Fosston hitters are averaging .357 while Greyhounds pitchers have limited opposing hitters to .186. Seven of the 'Hounds 18 home runs have come from senior Cooper Wilson.
Preston Butler might have lost his girl but he has his brother back safe and sound. The seven-year-old baseball player was due for a big surprise Thursday morning when he went to bat during his little league game against, of all people, his brother -- Army Specialist Mitchell Kahlstorf. The plan was to have Preston lead off at bat for his team. While others distracted Preston's attention, Mitchell would stride onto the field and toss the first pitch. Rain on Thursday morning washed out the carefully laid plans but shortly after 9 a.m.