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A blitzkrieg of work crews, equipment and materials has restored the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway which brings an average of 48 trains a day through Wadena and its neighboring communities. More than 100 BNSF employees and private contractors worked night and day last week to clear wreckage and debris replace tracks and restore service. BNSF is now faced with the task of determining the cause of a Dec. 1 derailment of 32 cars on a section of track four miles northwest of Wadena. The cars which derailed included empty tankers and freight cars carrying sugar and sugar products.
Hunter Larson pumped in 26 points Friday as the undefeated Pequot Lakes Patriots overpowered Wadena-Deer Creek 63-32 in a Mid-State Conference game on the WDC court. Gage Westlund netted 12 points in the victory. As a team, the Patriots shot 57 percent from the field. Alex Carlson, who is averaging 13 points a game for the Wolverines, was WDC's leading scorer with 12 points. Only five WDC players contributing to the scoring as the Wolverines shot 29 percent from the floor. "Pequot Lakes had a good shooting night and we again struggled from the field," WDC head coach Jason Mielke said.
Austin Rudquist and Austen Schwartz combined for 34 points Friday in leading Menahga to a 56-46 Park Region Conference victory over Verndale. The two clubs played to a 22-22 draw in the first half. James Kveton was Verndale's scoring leader with 14 points. The loss dropped Verndale to 1-1 in conference play and 1-2 overall.
The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder erased Wadena-Deer Creek's 23-20 halftime lead Friday in posting a 50-41 victory on their home court. Madelyn Zastrow led the Thunder with 18 points while Carolyn Dinkel scored 13. Jennifer Craig was WDC's top scorer with 10 points. The loss dropped the Wolverines to 0-2. Keith Ferris will lead his WDC cagers against Hawley in a 7:15 p.m. contest Thursday. The Wolverines will then have a week to prepare for a Dec.
Shania Glenz tallied 20 points Thursday as the Verndale Pirates kicked off their 2014-2015 season with a 60-42 victory over Park Region foe Pillager. Jordyn Glenz and Sarah Moenkedick also scored in double figures with Glenz netting 12 points and Moenkedick contributing 11. The defending Park Region Conference champs, who have not lost a conference game since Jan. 10, 2013, played airtight defense in the first half, holding the Huskies to only 11 points.
The Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons hit the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines with five first period goals Friday in a 7-5 victory on the WDC rink. The Dragons were on fire in the first period as they unleashed 21 shots and scored three power play goals. Jared Peterson opened the scoring 3:51 into the game with a power play goal. Orrin Grangroth scored a second power play goal at 4:03. After Michael Behl came up with a short-handed goal at 4:51 with an assist from Jarrett Pettit, the Dragons got their third power play goal from Troy Ryynanen at 7:11.
Chase Godel and Carter Wright were double winners Tuesday night as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines gained a split in double dual action with West Central Area and Breckenridge. The Wolverines pulled out only two victories against a veteran West Central team in a 66-9 loss.
Kenzie Christianson found the net with 1:57 remaining Saturday and lifted the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils to a 5-4 victory over Marshall. Christianson's goal capped a lucrative third period rally that saw the Blue Devils converting three of their eight shots on goal. The two clubs traded goals in the first and second periods. Abigail Ecker and Christianson iced goals for the Blue Devils.
Mike Barthel's defending Section 6A champion Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders suffered a pair of dual losses Thursday to Barnesville and West Central Area. The Raiders, who are short-handed in the varsity ranks due to injuries, lost a 54-18 decision to Barnesville and a 57-12 decision to West Central Area. The Raiders will face Otter Tail Central Tuesday at Battle Lake. The Raiders will compete in the Big Bear Tournament Friday and Saturday at Cass Lake. West Central Area 57, BHV 12 106 Chris Onstad (WCA) maj. dec.
The Verndale school board set the payable levy for 2015 at 4.56 percent Monday at their November meeting. Funds will be recorded for fiscal year 2016. The payable levy the board certified was a "middle of the road" figure recommended by business manager Brian Jacobson. The district will not lose any state aid with the levy. The certified levy, based on amount approved Monday night, will be $489,369, an increase of $21,354 over last year's levy. The board also reviewed the 2014 audit report with Schlenner Wenner and Co. representative Jon Archer.