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The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines have had both good and bad news early in their 2014 cross country season. The WDC harriers have seen their numbers more than double from the eight varsity runners they had in 2013. The rough news is that three-time state qualifier Emma Schmitz will not be back for her senior year. Schmitz suffered a leg injury in a skiing accident and is still recovering from it. She has opted to pursue post-secondary work this fall. As a junior, Schmitz placed 69th in Class A competition with a time of 16:03.6.
The Minnesota Twins have put their playoff hopes away for the fourth season in a row. Now they can play a spoiler role and get a jump on preparing for the 2015 season. Ron Gardenhire's team is not terrible but it has been inconsistent. Their longest winning streak of the 2014 season has been four games. To their credit, they have not gone into any huge tailspins. This is the mark of a team that is neither playoff caliber nor one that belongs the cellar. The Twins were six games under .500 at the All-Star break.
A Minnesota Trapper's Association education course will be held Aug. 19, 20 and 23 at Dewey's Taxidermy in Wadena. Class room sessions are set for 6 to 9 p.m. the first two nights. A field day session will be held Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1989 who has never purchased a trapping license and would like to, must take the education class. For more information or to register for the class contact Duane Schmitz at (218) 631-4988.
With the first day of school set for Sept. 2, a visitor to the Verndale School might be tempted to ask if contractors and school staff can complete their work in time. Hallways are filled with construction materials and equipment as remodeling work in the elementary and secondary portions goes forward. On the west side of the building which Verndale students have called their school, a brand-new 29,700 square foot addition is standing. The summer flurry of work is part of a $5.795 million project district voters approved in May, 2013.
WDC fall sports bagan practicing Monday.
Minnesota's waterfowl season will open a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept.
Don and Dee Schwartz are celebrating a special anniversary this year. The owners of the Wadena Roller Rink have been open for business for 60 years. Don and Dee's four kids, 12 grandkids and even some of their 14 great-grandkids have glided around their maple floor along with several generations of local skaters. Located on Highway 71 north of Wadena, the 44x120 foot wooden building was built in 1954 by Don and his brother, Bob. The rink floor is made of No.
Those big Valley Irrigation systems stand like the skeletons of prehistoric dinosaurs in the fields around Wadena. They are silent most of the day but when they do speak they are a fountain of life. Minnesota Valley Irrigation, the local distributor of Valley equipment, plays a very important part in the local agricultural scene.
How important are sports to a school's enrollment? Open enrollment has been a reality in Minnesota for many years and it has created a type of market place that appeals to many student athletes and their parents. Don Kostelecky, the longtime activities director in Fergus Falls, once told me about the questions he fielded from families interested in moving to that west central Minnesota community. The parents were naturally interested in seeing their kids receive a good education but their questions often centered on sports. What sports did the school offer?