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David Najjar kept the tough Perham Yellowjackets at bay with the help of errorless defense Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines gained a split in their regular season opener. Najjar gave the Wolverines 5 1/3 innings on the hill in a 3-1 victory over Perham in Game 2. The WDC righty walked five and fanned five.
A cold air funnel was observed at 2:30 p.m. Saturday west of Dalton in Otter Tail County. Dalton is located 11 miles southeast of Fergus Falls. The funnel damaged property and downed some trees at the home of Mark and Carol Hanson two miles west of Dalton. The funnel was later observed moving east. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service, a cold air funnel is a small, relatively weak tornado that can develop from a small shower or thunderstorm when the air aloft is unusually cold.
A rural Deer Creek resident had something delivered to his mailbox Wednesday that is even more dangerous than a credit card application. A mail carrier opened a mail box on County Highway 73 to discover a handgun which had been reported stolen by the resident on Feb. 12. Just prior to the gun showing up in the mailbox, a suspect in the case was questioned by a detective with the Otter Tail County Sheriff's office. The reappearance of the gun was reported to the sheriff's office. The gun will be processed for evidence.
A fire that broke out in a utility room Monday morning at the Eastwood Inn of Wadena forced the evacuation of one resident and spread smoke into the adjoining Los Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant. Inn Owner Frank Qureshi said that three rooms were damaged. Wadena and Verndale firefighters were called to the inn at 7:45 a.m. and remained there for 2 ½ hours. The exact cause of the fire is unknown according to Wadena Fire Chief Dean Uselman. Qureshi has owned the property for two years. He said he will not know the dollar value of the damage until an insurance representative makes an inspection.
Dain Sullivan is the Wadena Pioneer Journal's new editor and general manager. Sullivan, 23, graduated from high school in Oakes, N.D. and attended North Dakota State University where he majored in journalism and minored in business administration. Sullivan has held positions with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Valley City (N.D.) Times-Record.
Bridger Pettit earned the Most Valuable Player and Mr. Hustle awards Sunday night as the Wadena-Deer Creek boys’ hockey team held their season-ending banquet at The Cove. Joining Pettit in receiving a team award was Shane Motschenbacher, who was named the club’s Most Improved Player. The Wolverines went from 1-24 in 2011-2012 to 15-12 in 2012-2013, posting their first winning season in seven years.
A 27-year-old Menahga man was charged in Wadena County District Court with first degree burglary and fifth degree assault after allegedly breaking into a Menahga residence Feb. 15 and punching another man in the face. According to court records, Joshua Howard Bungert broke into a private residence in Menahga and accused another man of trashing his house and stealing furniture. He then threw a punch, threatened the alleged victim and left the residence, court documents said. Bungert's first court appearance is set for April 23.
The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders will be aiming for the high side of .500 this spring as they toss a young team at the competition. Graduation cost Steve Riewer seven of his nine starters. The Raiders go into 2012 with just three seniors on the roster. "Realistically, I hope to finish above .500 for the season," Riewer said. "We will need to play good defense and keep our opponents from putting up big numbers if we are going to compete." Pitching will be what it's all about for the Raiders. Junior Dallas Ehrmantraut will be called on to fill the No. 1 starting role on the hill.
Logan Meyer overcame strong competition from Ada-Borup's Brian Blasey Tuesday in claiming his second straight shot put championship at the Little Amik II meet in Bemidji. The Wadena-Deer Creek senior, who devoted himself to training for the shot put during the winter season, put the shot 50-9.
Brett Brockpahler's first fastpitch outing of the season would have to go under the heading of a rough cut gem Monday as the Sebeka junior led the Trojans to a 13-4 victory at Verndale. Brockpahler mixed 11 strikeouts with her six walks. She only surrendered four hits and threw five straight shutout innings. The game saw Dan Johnson's Verndale club bounce back from a three-run Sebeka first with two runs in their half of the inning.