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Minnesota's waterfowl season will open a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept.
WDC fall sports bagan practicing Monday.
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.
The Detroit Lakes Angels staged comeback victories over Bluffton and Bertha in Region 14C tournament play Friday and Saturday at Krueger Field in Perham. The Angels will now advance to the Class C state tournament along with Long Prairie. Detroit Lakes 13, Bluffton 3 (8 inn.) Taylor Fuhs went 4-for-4, scored twice and drove in two runs as the Angels stormed back from a 3-0 deficit Friday night. Dustin Geiser had DL's number for the first five frames. The Bluffton hurler threw shutout ball until the top of the sixth.
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?
The 48th Annual Corn and Chicken feed is being held at BN Park in Wadena from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The team of Kyle and Terry Davis, Wes Janson and Jamie Pettit took top honors Friday in the Wadena Hockey Slapshot Scramble at Whitetail Run. Runner-up honors in the six-team golf event went to Scott Carr, Mike Carr Sr. and Duff Erholtz. The scramble is a fundraiser for the Wadena Hockey Association.
Dustin Geiser spun a five-hitter Sunday as the Bluffton Braves blanked Nimrod 5-0 to stay alive in the Region 14C baseball tournament at Perham. Geiser was on target for all nine innings. He did not surrender a walk and three of the five hits he gave up were to the same player - Paul Funk. Geiser struck out four in out-dueling Nimrod's Alex Brockpahler. The Nimrod started went the first six frames before giving way to Funk, who pitched the last three innings. The Braves broke the game open in the sixth when they pushed four runs across the plate.
Everyone knows the Minnesota Vikings want to get it right this time. Teddy Bridgewater is our fledgling quarterback this season and the Vikes are counting on him to take them to the Super Bowl in the years ahead. Just a few seasons ago the Vikes were counting on Christian Ponder to be that player. Hopes rose when he helped them make the NFC playoffs in 2012, but he was just plain disappointing in 2013. We expect our quarterbacks to come out of college wearing a high polish these days because the college game is so good.