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Battle Lake basketball player Andrew VanErp was incorrectly identified in the March 12 issue of the Pioneer Journal.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Autumn Jahnke performed with the all state dance team Saturday in Wayzata. A field of 250 girls were selected to perform. WDC's Kristyn Ament was also chosen for...
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board is keeping a weather eye on St. Paul as spring rolls around this year. With the state legislature in session and the possible recipients of a $1.9 billion tax surplus still being decided, the WDC school board is taking a cautious approach toward their 2016 preliminary budget and the 2015-2016 school calendar. Monday's meeting saw the WDC administration roll out a preliminary budget with general fund revenues of $10,691,081 and expenses of $10,490,961.
Better times seem to be on the horizon for Minnesota deer hunters after a mild winter. "I think the deer actually came through it very well," Wadena conservation officer Greg Oldakowski said. "The deer I have been seeing in the county have a pretty good fat supply on them." After two straight winters of of tough conditions, the winter of 2014-2015 got off to an early and chilly start last November. Something remarkable happened when December arrived without snow and it continued with a mild January which left resident wildlife free to feed on crop residue.
Is professional football planning to eradicate the running back? Never, you say. There will always be a place for the running back in a game with a "foot" in it. The ghosts of Knute Rockne and Red Grange have nothing to fear. A lot of teams do seem to be be giving up on their running backs these days. The Eagles traded LeSean McCoy, the Cowboys let DeMarco Murray end up with division rival Philadelphia, San Francisco's Frank Gore has has joined the Colts, Reggie Bush is going with the 49ers and Darren McFadden is going to be a Cowboy. Of course the green stuff is what it is all about.
First-year head softball coach Tracy Fruechte wants to make sure her Wadena-Deer Creek squad is on the same page this spring when it comes to mechanics. Fruechte wants to improve batting and fielding as she works on changing the fortunes of a team that went 3-14 on the diamond last year. Returning letterwinners on this year's team include seniors Maddy Hinojos, Elise Kallevig, Samantha Manselle, Ashley Peters and Morgan Zeise and juniors Madison Barthel and Mikaela Nordlund. With the season opener slated for April 9, Fruechte is not rushing to shell out starting jobs.
Marc Reynolds and his Wadena-Deer Creek coaching staff are looking at their best numbers in the past five years as they prepare for the 2014-2015 track and field season. The Wolverines, who are trying to grow their junior high program along with their varsity squad, opened the season last week with 60 athletes. "Our boys will be strong in the relays, hurdles and throwing events," Reynolds said. "Our girls will be strong in the field events and the middle distance events." The Wolverines are coming off a strong season. Ten of their athletes advanced to section in 15 different events.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Michael Behl has been selected as a second team forward on the 2014-2015 All-Section 6A Coaches' Team. Behl was Section 6A's leading scorer with 33 goals, 29 assists and 62 total points. Behl also led the section with five short-handed goals. Receiving honorable mention were WDC forwards Jarrett Pettit and Dylan Phillips and defenseman Austin Sutherland. Pettit came up with 12 goals and 24 assists. Phillips contributed 20 goals and 17 assists.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton wants to see 50 feet of buffer strip protecting all state waters in the future. It is an idea many sportsmen are likely to support and many farmers are likely to oppose. Dayton came out with his proposal at a Department of Natural Resources roundtable back in January and it shocked a lot of people. Famous as Minnesota is for its fishing and hunting, not to mention its recreational water sports, it is also part of the nation's breadbasket.
The Verndale Pirates tuned up for the North Sub-Section 5A playoffs Friday by posting a 48-34 victory over Hillcrest in their regular season finale. Jordyn Glenz paced the Comets with 14 points. Shania Glenz backed up her sister with 11 tallies. The Comets shot 45 percent from the field on the Hillcrest court as they converted on 22 of their 49 floor shots. Verndale's defense made it a long evening for the Comets who shot converted on only 14 of 41 shots for a 34 percent average. The Comets found themselves with only 11 points at the halftime break.