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The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders controlled the weather and the scoreboard Thursday as they opened their 2012 season early with a 4-2 victory over the Nevis Tigers. Thursday's prep opener at Anderson Field in Verndale was moved up by mutual agreement from its originally scheduled date of May 4. Dallas Ehrmantraut racked up the mound win with help from Preston Riewer in the fifth and Nick Brown in the seventh. Ehrmantraut scattered three walks and one over his four frames while striking out five. Riewer did a good job of long relief fanning two of the six batters he faced.
The Menahga Braves erupted for five runs in the bottom of the first inning Thursday en route to a 9-3 Park Region Conference victory over the Pirates. Patricia Haataja went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Alicia Ahlf also drove in two runs. Tarah Cleveland and Jenny Skoog combined for two hits. Cleveland and Beth Tormanen both scored twice for the Braves. Kirstin Korfe went 2-for-3 in the loss. Menahga 9, Verndale 3 Verndale 020 010 0 - 3 6 1 Menahga 500 400 x - 9 8 2 WP: Brandi Carlson; LP- Kirstin Korfe
The Wadena County Sheriff's Department and the Wadena Police Department are conducting community notification to inform the public that a level three sex offender has moved to Wadena. David Earl Whitaker, 27, took up residence on the 100 block of Bryant Avenue East commencing April 2. Court records indicate Whitaker used force in sexual contact with a juvenile. The purpose of community notification is to furnish information to enhance public safety and awareness.
Wadena's Kevin Harper, Cole Cottrell, John Johnson and Jose Perez earned trips to the Upper Midwest Tournament Friday and Saturday in Region IV action at the Wadena Armory. Harper was unopposed in his bid to return to the Upper Midwest at 114.
A referendum aimed at building a $2.5 million addition to the Verndale school could be in the future after the District 818 board voted to proceed Monday with preliminary plans suggested by representatives of R.A. Morton Construction. The addition would include a performance gymnasium and classrooms. Verndale presently has two gyms on opposite ends of the school building. Both are dated. The main gym was constructed in 1965.
Verndale Cook Manager Barb Brown and her kitchen staff will be taking steps to please more appetites after a session with the District 818 board Monday evening. Verndale's cooks have been experimenting with two entrées from time to time during the 2011-2012 school year.
Logan Meyer picked up with the shot where he left off last spring Tuesday in the Little Amik I Indoor at Bemidji State. The senior standout recorded a winning toss of 51-6.5 in the season-opening event. Meyer took top honors in the Section 6A meet at Moorhead State last year and followed that performance up with a sixth-place medal finish in the Class A state meet. "He was in the 50-foot range for five of the six puts so that shows consistency," Wadena-Deer Creek Track and Field Coach Terry Olson said. The Wolverines saw senior Neil Janson run Top 10 times in both the 800 and 400.
Dan Johnson has his work cut out for him as his Verndale Pirates gear up for their 2012 fastpitch softball season. The Pirates will be short of experience with just two seniors in the lineup. Jordy Schlutter and Tori Kern are the team's upperclassmen. Schlutter will play first base while Kern returns to the outfield. Juniors back include shortstop-pitcher Teresa Moenkedick and outfielder Jackie Swenson.
It was slam, bang, boom Tuesday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines opened their 2012 softball season with a 21-3, five-inning rout of the Bertha-Hewitt Bears. The Wolverines ended the game in five innings with an 11-run explosion in the fifth. Avery Jackson, Morgan Lugert and Sam Killian all collected two hits as the Wolverines out-hit the Bears 13-3 on the Bertha softball field. Jackson doubled, scored twice and drove in three ribbies. Lugert crossed home plate three times and drove in two runs.