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Vicki Smith and her Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines are not used to the luxury of a three-week training schedule before going into action. Whoever is ready to play varsity tennis will be on the court Saturday when the Wolverines travel to Park Rapids - the first of four matches in August. Smith is taking over the varsity reins from Peter Tranvik this season. She is WDC's fourth head tennis coach in four years but her credentials and knowledge are first-rate. For the past eight years Smith has been the junior varsity coach. Junior Macy Hartman will be WDC's No.
The Verndale School Board hired nine people and accepted the resignation of secondary social studies instructor Jed Carlson Monday night in a special meeting at the Verndale Media Center. Jennifer Blickenstaff was hired to teach grade 4 and Maria Uselman was hired to teach grade 3.
When Don McIntire first gave the green light for a German-built wind-powered generator to be erected on his property he envisioned a string of the giants reaching down into Todd County. He is still waiting. The Nordex power generator that looms above fields of soybeans, corn and wheat seven miles south of Wadena was supposed to be just the first of many that would be built in Todd County and deliver up to 30 megawatts of clean, safe, wind-generated power. While McIntire owns the land which the generator stands upon, the man who contacted him on behalf of Nordex is John Ihle, an electrician
The McGrane Pit Crew took top honors in the ribs division and Bullseye Bar and Grill won the wings Saturday in the Wadena Elks Club's second annual Pig and Wing Challenge. Second and third place honors in the ribs division went to The Pine Cove Inn and T.C. Backyard BBQ. Earning the People's Choice award for their ribs was T.C. Backyard BBQ. The Bullseye Bar and Grill claimed first place in the chicken wings competition with Harry Hogs finishing second and Rose City BBQ earning third.
Sportsmen have been clamoring for changes in the Minnesota waterfowl season for years without making any real headway. Last week it was announced that Tom Landwehr, the new Department of Natural Resources commissioner, was finally saying "OK." To a hunter, it was a little like a father suddenly tossing the keys to his teenage driver and saying "go for it." Some hunters do not like it and a lot of them are scratching their heads. The DNR is going to change some rules. They are going to open the duck season Sept. 24. The Fish and Wildlife Service has given Minnesota that option for years.
Wadena's Dale Erickson, Steve Schloeder and Larry Pulju were first flight leaders Saturday in the Minnesota Elks State Golf Tournament at Whitetail Run. A field of 107 golfers competed in the event which drew linksters from Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Faribault, Hibbing, Hopkins, International Falls, Minneapolis, Rochester and Stillwater to the Wadena course. Erickson won the first flight with an eight-under-par handicap score of 64.
Back in June while taking aerial shots of Wadena I was lucky enough to get a good tip from Larry Brincefield, a local pilot, and now I am passing it on. If you love flying and aircraft the place for you in late July is the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, Wis. You will not be lonely. The week-long show draws 800,000 people and is the largest annual gathering of aviation lovers in the United States. You are on the cutting edge of aviation when you visit the 1,392-acre Wittman Regional Airport, home of the busiest air control tower in the world.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Tom VanErp is serving as vice president of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. VanErp will become president of the MSHSCA in his third year. The New York Mills prep standout graduated in 1984. VanErp attended Fergus Falls Community College and earned a degree in physical education, health and coaching. He received his master's of education degree from the University of Minnesota and his K-12 administration license from St. Mary's. VanErp began teaching and coaching in 1992 at South St. Paul High School. He moved to Wadena in 1996.