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The adoption of new registration options has changed the face of the Minnesota firearms deer hunting season this fall. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is giving hunters who tag deer additional options of registering. Taking your deer to a registration station still works, but so does registering your deer online or using your cell phone. Reporting deer on the Internet requires going online to the licensing center.
A fantastic season kept rolling along last Saturday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines swept Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 25-23, 25-10, 25-13 for their third consecutive Section 8AA championship. Squaring off on the same Hawley High School court where they met for the 2009 championship match, the No. 1 seeds from the north and south half of Section 8AA played three brisk matches.
Sue Volkmann's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines took their first big step toward a season-long goal Thursday night as they topped Delano in the Class AA state quarterfinals. Mixing with the state's best volleyball teams at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center for the third straight year, the Wolverines defeated Delano 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 to qualify for Friday night's championship semifinals against Sauk Centre, a 3-1 winner over No. 3-ranked Marshall. WDC and Sauk Centre were scheduled to meet in a 7 p.m. Match Friday. The two clubs met Sept.
The year they opened the Fergus Falls Goose Refuge to hunting, the city police department started taking calls from angry home owners near the Otter Tail River early one morning. "What is going on?" they all demanded. It seemed that some eager-beavers had taken a good look at the goose hunting zone and discovered there was a corridor of opportunity leading into the city limits along the river. They had seized their chance.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines have been seeded No. 2 in the Class AA state volleyball tournament and will play Delano at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Section 8AA champion Wolverines, who are making their third straight appearance in the state tournament, take a 30-0 record into the state quarterfinal game after beating Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 25-23, 25-10, 25-13 last Saturday. Delano enters the tournament with a 22-8 record. The winner of Thursday's match will play No. 3 Marshall or unranked Sauk Centre at 7 p.m. Friday at the Xcel Center.
The AYP (Adequete Yearly Progress) strategy is working in Verndale. Under the federal government's No Child Left Behind program, all public schools must show that students are making the grade in math and reading. Graduation and attendance rates are also watched. If AYP standards are not being met, the school must execute a plan to see that they are met. Principal Justin Sperling informed the Verndale school board at their October meeting Monday night that the district is one year away from not having to create another school improvement plan.
Brenda Finch of the SonRise Christian School near Bluffton spent her summer getting a great "tornado tan." Finch, a teacher and administrator at the rural Bluffton school, had to spend most of her summer helping to put the 30-year-old school back together. That "tornado tan" she picked up is a lot like a "farmer's tan," according to Finch. It is not the kind you get at the beach. When you are clearing brush and tree limbs you have to dress for it. Many of the trees around SonRise are stripped, twisted and broken.
Henry David Thoreau, the famous American author of the 19th century, said, "It takes two to speak the truth -- one to speak, and another to hear." The firearms deer hunting season that begins Saturday is treated like Mardi Gras by people in these parts. Families get together, old buddies get together. It is a great time. It is time to dust off those old stories of hunts gone by and perhaps embellish them with a few touches of your own.