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When our oldest daughter graduated from high school 10 years ago we attended an academic awards night for members of her class. Sitting in the crowd at the Fergus Falls Eagles Club that night I had to wonder what would become of these bright, young people. What would they do with their minds? This week in the Pioneer Journal, we are publishing the personal stories of two members of Wadena-Deer Creek's Class of 2000 - Jackie Gastecki and Jeff Endres. Both have done very well. It has always seemed a bit unfair to expect life-changing decisions out of 17- and 18-year-olds.
Get ready for a new experience -- there is going to be a new way of watching movies in Wadena beginning Friday. Cozy Theater goers will be issued 3-D glasses when the popular downtown Wadena movie house shows Shrek Forever After. The installation of an NEC 3-Chip DLP 20,000 Lumen Digital Projector began Friday and continued Monday at the venerable Cozy, which has been showing pictures with a projector that has parts dating back to the 1930s. Three-dimensional movies were an interesting fad in the 1950s but when the rage died it was not reborn again until the 1980s.
Baseball Wadena-Deer Creek 12-5, Detroit Lakes 2-11 (Game 1) Bertha-Hewitt 10, Verndale 0 LP-Dustin Motschenbacher Isaac Schmidt 2-3 Dustin Motschenbacher 1-2 (Game 2) Bertha-Hewitt 10, Verndale 0 LP- Dallas Ehrmantraut Nate Bart 1-2 Softball (Game 1) Detroit Lakes 4, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 LP-Steph Hahn 3 walks, 8 strikeouts Lexi Hoemberg, Kelly DeFoe singled (Game 2) Detroit Lakes 3, Wadena-Deer Creek 2 LP-Steph Hahn Leah Dykhoff 2-3, 1 run, 2 stolen bases Girls' Golf Mid-State Conference Girls' Golf Tournament Team Results 1. Detroit Lakes 338 2.
Baseball (Saturday) Wadena-Deer Creek 25, Frazee 6 (7 innings) WP- Jordan Wohlwend 9 strikeouts Travis George 3-4, 4 runs, 4 RBI Jordan Wohlwend 3-4, triple, 3 runs, 2 RBI Jamie Nordlund 2-4, home run, 3 runs, 2 RBI Jayme George 1-3, 3 RBI, 1 run Seth Hamman 2-3, 3 runs, 3 RBI J.J. Truax 2-4, 2 RBI (Sunday) Midway 6, Wadena-Deer Creek 2 LP-Travis George Jamie Nordlund 2-3 Bluffton 5, Dent Bulldogs 1
The 2010 Minnesota Legislative session looks like an old-time cliffhanger to Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom. Dahlstrom and her staff have been running District 2155 on $2 million worth of borrowed money for the last several months. "They typically won't touch K-12 education until the very end and then they are going to have to balance the budget on K-12 education," Dahlstrom said. The state has to come up with $3 billion to balance the budget by Monday, May 17, or return for a special session.
Fishermen anxious to fill their live wells with those slippery green walleyes may be in for a pleasant surprise this spring. The wet weather period was due to end by Friday and a week of sunny weather and warmer temperatures is being forecast. Already a bit euphoric over the early ice-out and a pleasant April, Minnesota anglers will be dropping their boats into thousands of northern Minnesota lakes this weekend for the 2010 walleye-northern opener. The cool, wet weather that arrived April 24 and settled in for a three-week stay is supposed to be departing and some very decent spring tempera
Travis George went 4-for-4 at the plate and had three doubles as the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers opened their 2010 season Saturday with a 10-0 Hi-Ten Conference victory over the Dent Bulldogs. Jamie Nordlund and J.J. Truax combined with George for eight of the 11 hits which the Shockers collected off Dent pitching. Nordlund and George had first inning RBIs as the Shockers built a quick 3-0 lead in the seven-inning contest. George also started on the hill for the Shockers and held the Bulldogs to just two hits over the first five innings.
Kayla Krause fired an 88 Thursday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed seventh in the WDC Invitational at Whitetail Run. Detroit Lakes won the meet with a 350 team round. The Wolverines were 48 strokes off the winning pace with a 398. Detroit Lakes' Matt Tschider earned medalist honors with an 82.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines qualified for the Mid-Minnesota Conference championship May 24 on their own Whitetail Run course. Tyler Fix led the WDC golfers in their final qualifier Wednesday at Deacon's Lodge with an 82. Bryan Silvers was four strokes back with an 86 and Michael Wing was seven back with an 89. Bryce Pazdernick and Nick LeTourneau shot 92 and 98 respectively. Duke Harrison recorded a 109. The Mid-Minnesota championships are set to begin at 3 p.m. Joining WDC will be Staples-Motley, Pequot Lakes and Crosby-Ironton.