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There is a belief in some circles that the most dangerous animal in Minnesota is neither the wolf nor the bear. In fact, it is not even considered a predator. It is the white-tailed deer. The beauty and grace of the whitetail speaks for itself. They are swift, strong and agile enough to escape from of their enemies.
The Wheaton Warriors used a powerful ground game to punish the Verndale Pirates 44-8 Tuesday in the Section 4, Class Nine-Man playoffs. Tony Thiel's Warriors, who are ranked second in the section and eighth in the state, rolled up 406 yards on the ground and saw four backs go on touchdown runs. Pat Backman reeled off scoring runs of three and 13 yards.
The Minnesota Vikings have played their ace and it looks like Christian Ponder could help them salvage a few victories. The 2011 first round draft pick was tabbed as Minnesota's quarterback of the future last April but until last week he was still a reserve behind starter Donovan McNabb, the former Philadelphia star who played in six Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl. Needing someone to put a spark into their 1-5 team after a 39-10 Monday night thumping by Chicago, the Vikes gave Ponder the reins.
Hunters who venture into fields and forests for Minnesota's firearms deer season can expect a good deer season and ample hunting opportunities, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "We can't guarantee harvest success," said Steve Merchant, wildlife programs manager. "But we can assure hunters that good deer hunting opportunities exist throughout Minnesota." Nearly 500,000 people are expected to participate in the firearms deer season, which opens Saturday, Nov. 5, throughout Minnesota. Minnesota's whitetail deer population is about 1 million.
Top-ranked Pierz ousted Wadena-Deer Creek from the Section 8AA playoffs Tuesday night with a 47-7 romp and handed head coach Leo Pohlkamp his 200th career coaching victory. Tyler Millner scored on runs of 10 and 48 yards and returned a kickoff 80 yards for six. Millner was one of five Pierz runners that put the ball in the end zone. The Pioneers rolled up 319 yards with their rushing game. Robbie Skiba, Josh Lanners, Robert Kowalzek and Nathan Tomala also cashed in on touchdown runs. Skiba broke off a 61-yard scoring run and led the Pioneers with 88 yards on seven attempts.
Engineering and Technology Education instructor Mike Shrode has the job of building a program at Wadena-Deer Creek from the ground up. Recognizing the growing role that technology is playing in the 21st Century, the WDC school board voted to create a STEM program in their new secondary school beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. STEM is a combination of science, technology, engineering and math. STEM students takes the knowledge gained from a variety of science and math courses and use it to find the solution of an engineering problem.
Verndale administration and faculty have an idea to sell and their clientele is the Verndale student body. Beginning Nov. 2, the school will implement a Guided Study Hall program for grades 9-12. If students have missed assignments or they have a C minus or below in any class, they may be assigned to the guided study hall. Verndale faculty members have seen far too much incomplete work from students.
Construction has begun on a new building for ice hockey lovers in Wadena. Hammers Construction of Perham started work Monday on the arena. Concrete work is being completed and steel arrives this week. Wadena Hockey Association officer Matt Lunde said he anticipates having ice on the rink by the first week of December. The Wadena Hockey Association has more than 100 members.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team has a first round bye in the Section 8AA tournament and will play the winner of No. 4 Hawley and No. 5 Breckenridge at 7 p.m. Friday on the WDC court. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Wadena-Deer Creek Principal Louis Rutten outlined steps to help students meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) at Monday evening's Wadena-Deer Creek school board meeting. The federal government's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires all schools in the nation make AYP in math and reading.