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Wadena Boxing Coach Bob Tubandt will be sending five of his Class A boxers into the ring March 30-31 when the Region IV tournament is held at the Wadena Armory. Putting their boxing skills to the test will be Kevin Harper, John Johnson, T.J. Steward, Cole Cottrell and Jose Perez. Harper is the defending Upper Midwest champ. Tubandt called his 114-pounder from New York Mills a "good, tall, straight" boxer in the ring. Johnson is also a New York Mills boxer who saw action in last year's region tournament. Johnson will be boxing at 141. "He's a much improved boxer," Tubandt said.
Terry Olson's Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams start tuning up for spring Tuesday when they travel to the Little Amik I meet at Bemidji State. Olson is short on numbers as the 2012 season gets under way with 10 boys and 13 girls on his two squads. While this does not bode well for WDC's ability to stock relay teams it does not spell a lack of individual talent. The WDC boys will boast one of the most accomplished Class AA throwers in the state in senior Logan Meyer.
Kyle Dykhoff and his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines are going after the Mid-State Conference crown this spring. Coming off a third place finish in the Mid-State the Wolverines are in striking distance of defending conference champ Perham as the season begins. Both teams will have senior-dominated lineups. Another team in the mix will be Detroit Lakes. The Wolverines split with the Lakers last year. "We're finally to the point now that they know they can play with everyone," Dykhoff said. The Wolverines have six seniors on their 2012 squad.
Broadcasting icon Orion Samuelson will be the guest speaker at Minnesota Valley Irrigation's Open House Tuesday at the Elks Lodge in Wadena. Samuelson is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. Samuelson is most widely known for hosting the "U.S. Farm Report" from 1975-2005. He is currently co-host of "This Week in Agribusiness" and the three-minute daily "National Farm Report."
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.