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If the Minnesota legislature has its way tenure will not mean much to future generations of Minnesota public teachers. The Republican-controlled Minnesota House and Senate have both voted in favor of a new system for teacher layoffs that will place a new emphasis on job performance. If they manage to get Gov. Mark Dayton to sign the bill they remove one of the few shelters that teachers have left. The current Wadena-Deer Creek teacher contract honors the last-in, first-out idea (LIFO) if lay-offs are necessary.
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board approved contracts for the multi-purpose FEMA Safe Room March 8 in a special meeting at the district office. All bids were first reviewed by Kraus-Anderson, the general contractor that is building the new secondary school on Colfax Avenue. Contracts awarded included: Final Cleaning Midwest Specialty Maintenance (Brooklyn Park) $1,820 Concrete Bruce's Contracting (Backus) $116,962 Precast Concrete Wells Concrete Products Company (Wells) $445,200 Masonry Johnson-Nelson Masonry (Ashby) $187,300 General Construction Gopher State (Rice) $147,467 Metal Pane
Isaac Lustila, 19, of Deer Creek was involved in a three-vehicle accident Monday morning in Hubbard County that left a Mound, Minn. man in critical condition, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Mark Heath, 53, was stopped on U.S. Highway 71 signaling a left turn onto 150th Street. Lustila, who was southbound on U.S. Highway 71, did not immediately notice that Heath was stopped. He braked and tried to pass on the right but his 1996 Pontiac Grand Am hit the rear end of Heath's 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe, pushing the Heath's vehicle into northbound traffic.
If you tried to peg Jeremy Smith by his college degrees you would land a mile away from the world he has carved for himself. You start to get warm when you find out that Smith was a fishing guide in northern Minnesota during his college days. Smith, who has a degree in biology/business from Gustavus Adolphus and a degree in education from Bemidji State, is general manager for Lindner Media Productions. That is Lindner as in Al, Ron, James, Daniel and Bill - the most famous fishing family in Minnesota.
There is potential lurking on Craig Klawitter's 2012 Wadena-Deer Creek softball team. The Wolverines need pitching to really make their season go but the rest of the pieces are ready to drop into place. "We have a very strong nucleus," Klawitter said. "We have the potential to be a very strong offensive and defensive team." Amanda Perkins' graduation cost the Wolverines their top pitcher but they have their No. 2 pitcher back in Caitlin Volkmann.
Now that the boys have cooked up a deal for a new Vikings Pleasure Palace in downtown Minneapolis they want support from the media. After all, they still have to secure the blessings of the Minnesota Legislature. When you are taking on a body like that you need all the help you can get. There is even strong talk of a referendum by Minneapolis residents. Here is one media type that has always supported the idea of keeping the Vikes in Minnesota. No one is going to deny that the $975 million price tag is insanely high but that is part of the package.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Ben Birch and Evan VanErp have been named to the All Mid-State Conference boys' basketball team for the 2011-2012 season. Detroit Lakes placed four cagers on the Mid-State team: Joe Mollberg, Rick Hutchinson, Brian Labat and Kirk McLeod. Named from the Pequot Lakes squad were Nevin Greer, Jordan Redmond and Logan Lange. Crosby-Ironton placed Caleb Baker and Michael Hoge. Grant Longbella was Staples-Motley's lone selection while Tyler McCollum was Park Rapids' all-conference pick. WDC's Ryan Redfield received honorable mention.
Evan VanErp trumped all scorers with 32 tallies Thursday night but the Hawley Nuggets prevailed on their home court 74-65 to advance in the South Sub-Section 8AA basketball tournament. The WDC junior dropped in five of his team's 10 three-pointers, three deuces and went 11-of-18 at the foul stripe. VanErp had 27 of his game points in the first half. The Wolverines went into the contest ranked sixth while the Nuggets took a No. 3 ranking into the game.
Leroy (BB) Kresien witnessed a sight on Sunday evening in Wadena that astonished the 86-year-old retiree. Kresien saw a line of mourners two blocks long for the visitation service of John Herr at the Johnson Memorial Home on Fourth Street Southwest. Kresien liked Herr from the day he hired Herr on his 21st birthday in 1969. Kresien later sold Herr his trash collection business, City Dray. "He worked 25 years with me," Kresien said. "He was a workaholic I guess. He was always on the job." Kresien and Herr got along well away from the job too.
Mitch Steffens became the first Wadena-Deer Creek wrestler to place at state in four years and Colin Turchin capped his final season with a third place finish Saturday in the Class A Individual Wrestling Tournament at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. Steffens, making his first appearance at state since his sophomore year, cemented a good finish for himself in the 16-man Class A 113-pound bracket with a pair of impressive victories Friday.