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Minnesota was one of 10 states granted a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law Thursday in Washington, D.C. Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius was on hand at the White House for the announcement by President Barack Obama. Joining Minnesota in securing freedom from the 11-year-old act were Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. NCLB requires a state to give students in grades 3-8 an annual test in reading and math.
Some agricultural land prices on the Minnesota-Iowa border have been out of sight this year, ranging as high as $14,000 an acre, but Wadena County Assessor Lee Brekke has not seen those prices locally. Wooded and low cover acreages in Wadena County had surpassed tillable acreages before what is being called "The Great Recession" began three years ago. Wadena County had tracts that were selling for $1,200-$1,800 an acre according to Brekke.
Dillon Card and Colin Turchin claimed victories at 182 and 285 as the Raiders racked up 80 points in the Park Region Conference Tournament Saturday at Long Prairie. Card decisioned Noah Pesola of New York Mills 4-2 in the finals while Turchin pinned 285-pound foe Derek Carls of Osakis in just 25 seconds. The Eagles of New York Mills took top honors with 186 points.
Jordan Olson iced the winning goal at the 3:58 mark in overtime Monday night as the Breckenridge/Wahpeton Blades tripped Wadena-Deer Creek 3-2 at the Wadena Ice Arena. Clay Bassingthwaite sent the game into overtime when he scored a power play goal for the Blades after a five-minute major for boarding. Bassingthwaite's tying goal made it a 2-2 game. After a scoreless first period, Dylan Phillips opened the scoring when he took a feed from Mitchell Swanson for a goal at the 4:44 mark on Period 2.
The Henning Hornets showed off their shooting skills Monday night in a 68-53 Park Region Conference win at Verndale. The Hornets hit on seven of 10 three-point shots and went 12 of 15 from the free throw line in building a 45-32 halftime lead. Collin Dague paced the Hornets with 22 points while Zach Torgerson and Kaleb Thompson added 13 and 11 points each. Jordan Hinkle's Pirates pulled to within eight at one point in the second half but the Hornets maintained their edge with a 23-21 scoring advantage. The Hornets shot 56 percent from outside the three-point arc for a torrid 64 percent cli
When you are chasing the No. 4- and 5-ranked teams in the state, every point and every victory counts. That is the lot of Jed Carlson's Hawley Nuggets, who trounced Wadena-Deer Creek 83-55 Monday night in a non-conference tilt at WDC Elementary. "We actually didn't play that bad, Hawley is just that good," WDC Head Coach Tom VanErp said. Our pregame goal was to keep turnovers to 18 or less.
Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers Mitch Steffens and Tony Reurink won the 113 and 220 pound weight classes Saturday in the eight-team Big Ole Tournament at Alexandria. Steffens pinned Nick Meyer of Kerkhoven-Murdock Sunburg in just 38 seconds to claim the 113 title.
Senior Avery Jackson came through big for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines Monday night scoring the winning field goal with five seconds left in a 53-52 victory over the streaking Sauk Centre Mainstreeters. The loss broke a string of seven straight wins for the Mainstreeters and dropped them to 16-4. The Wolverines won for the third straight time in boosting their record to 16-5. The Wolverines trailed 27-24 at halftime on the Mainstreeters' court. The last three minutes of the game saw the Wolverines nipping on Sauk Centre's heels.
Teresa Moenkedick pumped in a whopping 32 points as the Verndale Pirates set themselves up for a shot at the .500 mark by topping New York Mills 68-65 Friday in a Park Region Conference tilt. Jordy Schluttner and Jordyn Glenz backed up Moenkedick with 15 and 13 points respectively. Abbe Hendickx led the Eagles with 18 tallies while Ellie Rutten scored 17 and Jenna Esala netted 10. The two clubs were tied 29-all at the half and 56-all at the end of regulation.
Five straight goals lifted the Pequot Lakes Patriots over the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils 7-2 Thursday in the season finale for both clubs. Bailee Englund and Alex Palm scored twice for the Patriots. Katelyn Barthel scored the game's first goal at the 14:51 mark of the opening period with assists from Hayli Toenyan and Kylee Damm. After Englund and Ines St. Martin put Pequot up 2-1 on back-to-back power play goals, Sam Killian iced a short-handed goal at the 15:07 mark of the second period to tie the game 2-2.