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Zach Miller, Tim Zastrow and Duane Miller combined for six hits and six RBIs as Long Prairie rallied to bump Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale out of the District 6 American Legion Tournamentt Friday with a five-run comeback in the top of the seventh. Post 336 broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and went on to post a 7-4 victory. Dakota Aeling and Dustin Motschenbacher both drove in two runs for BHV. Pat Riewer went 2-for-2 and walked twice. Aeling pitched the first six innings for BHV allowing 10 hits and five runs, including a home run by Zastrow.
Errors and walks proved costly for Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion squad July 21 as they fell to Pierz 11-2 and Long Prairie 14-3 in the District 6, Division 2 baseball tournament at Menahga. Pierz hurler Travis Kahl stopped Post 171 cold for the first five innings while his Post 341 teammates were building a commanding 8-0 lead. Post 171 pitchers surrendered 10 walks while the defense committed four errors. Post 171 broke the scoring drought in the sixth as Ryan Redfield connected for a two-run homer.
Wadena-Deer Creek Activities Director Norm Gallant introduced school board members to an athletic academic eligibility policy at their July 18 meeting that he feels would be "less punitive and more supportive." In going to bat for the new eligibility policy, Gallant pointed out shortcomings in the present policy, which the district has been using with only limited success for the last eight years. Aiding Gallant in the project has been WDC Secondary Principal Tyler Church. "Basically the policy we have had in place was if you messed up, if you weren't passing your classes, fix it yourself,"
The kind of teaching Tom Riitters is going to enjoy seeing at Verndale this fall is the kind that students will grab onto and run with. Riitters officially took over as Verndale's new 5-12 principal on July 1. The native of Randall, Minn. is moving in from the Little Falls school district, where secondary students will be putting down books and picking up Apple iPads this fall. The pace of technology as a teaching tool has been accelerating. One of Riitter's secondary teachers, Samantha Schmitz, began using iPad technology in her classroom last year with the help of a technology grant.
The quaint custom of "going uptown for the mail" may see some changes for folks in the villages of Aldrich and Vining. The mail will still go through but it could be landing in new locations. A cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service recently added 88 post office outlets to the 28 already under review in Minnesota for closure. In their place would come "village" post offices - where postal services are offered by private businesses.
The District 818 school board in Verndale will be holding a special meeting Monday to accept two teacher resignations. Elementary teachers Sheyanne Sebeck (third grade) and LeAnn Prescher (fourth grade) have turned in their resignations. Both were on leave during the 2010-2011 school year.
The District 2155 school board approved the purchase of 10 bus leases from the Hoglund Bus Company at their July meeting. WDC business manager Jerry Anderson said that Federal Emergency Management Action (FEMA) funding will be picking up $643,000 of the $730,563.25 purchase amount. The district leased the new buses last summer after the June 17 tornado destroyed more than half of their fleet. Eight of the new buses are full size while two are 14-passenger vehicles.
They are fun to operate, but how many All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and dirt bike riders can claim what they are doing is legal? Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Greg Oldakowski has a considerable list of do's and don'ts to go by in enforcing state laws. The state government shutdown has not affected Oldakowski and if he sees a person on an ATV heading down a highway or a dirt bike tearing down a township road he is going to do some investigating. To start with, youth need an ATV safety certificate.