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Supper was not quite on the table for some area residents Nov. 24 when the power failed for 1,784 Todd-Wadena Electric customers. Todd-Wadena buys electrical power from Minnesota Power and when a piece of equipment at a sub-station in Verndale failed, the resulting outage left customers in Wadena, Verndale and Aldrich in the dark. According to a report which Todd-Wadena line superintendent Mark Christianson received from Minnesota Power, a transformer and bus locked out for safety reasons. A lockout prevents further trouble but it also forces crews to respond.
The potential is there for Norman Gallant's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to claim a Section 6A wrestling title this season if the cards fall just right. Coming off an 8-9 season, the Wolverines are widely regarded as a serious challenger to Border West's claim on the section crown. The Buccaneers have another powerhouse of their own so a team trip to St. Paul in March could come down to a showdown in February. Keeping everyone healthy will be the key for WDC according to Gallant. "Our biggest issue is going to be health," Gallant said.
Sarah Beckstrom iced a pair of goals as the St. Louis Park Orioles crushed Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek 8-1 Saturday in the second round of the Pequot Lakes Invitational. The Orioles erupted for six of their eight goals in the first period. George Behl's Blue Devils broke up the shutout in the third period when Katelyn Barthel pushed the puck into the net at the 16:32 mark. The Class AA Orioles out-shot the Blue Devils 39-9. The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 1-3. St.
Colin Turchin returns for a Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale wrestling club that had several grapplers shine individually last season. The big heavyweight is ranked sixth by the Guillotine in Class A after putting together a season that saw him win 32 of 43 matches and qualify for state with a runner-up finish in the Section 6A meet. The Raiders will be looking for new talent to take the places of Jake Braaten and Amos Schmidt. Both standouts joined Turchin at state. Braaten ended his prep career with a 144-62 record. His section victory and trip to St. Paul produced a 30-4 record.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines have brought a contagious condition with them from the fall volleyball season -- winning. First-year girls' basketball head coach Keith Ferris saw his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines rally from a 30-21 deficit Tuesday night to defeat traditional opening night foe Pierz 61-49 on the Elementary hardcourt. Coming off an unbelievable 33-0 volleyball season that made them the darlings and the champions of the Class AA state tournament, the Wolverines rode the double figure scoring of Emily Miron, Avery Jackson and Courtney Volkmann in beating Pierz.
A pheasant rooster standing on a yard in town, a Hungarian partridge on our front step, four big turkeys under a bird feeder and a wolf sleeping on West Battle Lake. These are four of the stories that imparted from relatives over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend just past. What the heck is going on? Last Monday the area tasted a good dusting of snow followed by some horribly cold temperatures.
Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 74, Sebeka 64 WDC: Caitlin Volkmann 22 points, 6 three-point field goals Avery Jackson 16 points Courtney Volkmann 10 points Emily Miron 11 rebounds, 4 blocks Sebeka: Alicia Boe 18 points Katianne Brockpahler 14 points Jessica Lillquist 13 points Katie Huttunen 12 points
Girls' Basketball Wadena-Deer Creek 61, Pierz 49 WDC: Emily Miron 16 points, Avery Jackson 13 points, Courtney Volkmann 13 points Pierz: Jayme Sczublewski 19 points Boys' Hockey Wadena-Deer Creek at Litchfield - Postponed
Carlson-Highland CPA Brian Jacobson walked the Verndale School Board through an independent auditor's report at its November meeting. Jacobson pointed out that the Verndale district has benefitted from increased enrollment since 2004, a rarity in outstate Minnesota. He also pointed out that a deficiency in internal controls exists but the district's method for dealing with it works satisfactorily. "Your structure does not have a good segregation of duties but by reviewing the bills and doing other procedures the board has mitigating control," Jacobson said.
Girls' Hockey Pequot Lakes Tournament Robbinsdale Cooper 9, LPGE-WDC 0