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Tom VanErp's Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines join the Prairie North Conference this year with a roster that includes 10 seniors and all-conference running back Logan Meyer. Meyer returns to a backfield that includes junior quarterback Evan VanErp, who also saw varsity playing time last season. Other returning players include seniors Jake Ludovissie, Ben Lanz, Jacob and Jacob Salge and junior Jake Krause. Ludovissie will see action at linebacker on defense and on the line on offense. Lanz is a good bet for a backfield job.
Wadena businessman and historian Bob Zosel will be a hard man to forget and impossible to replace. Zosel died at the age of 87 on Sunday, Aug. 21. Zosel ran a hardware business on the Jefferson Street for 46 years until his retirement in 1992. He was an active member of the community and his interest in history ran deep. At an age when most men put down their work, Zosel bought a personal computer and used it to write volumes about the early days of Wadena and Wadena County. One of Zosel's many friends and admirers was Mike Gibson. "He was just such an exceptional person," Gibson said.
There were two schools of thought regarding Miranda Nelson at Monday night's District 2155 School Board meeting. Nelson resigned as a secondary math instructor at WDC last month after landing a full-time position in the Fergus Falls district. After receiving Nelson's resignation, the WDC administration contacted math instructor Holly Becker, who had been granted a three-month extension on her maternity leave, and she agreed to resume her job when the school year begins Sept.
When they write a wrap-up about the 2011 Minnesota Twins in seven weeks there will be a lot of fans who will be writing off the season to injury problems. No one can deny the injury bug has chomped down hard on the Twins this season. The Twins started the season with broken legs, concussions, bad knees, and saw it get worse. After a bad April and a terrible May they managed to put together a decent June before losing the magic after the All-Star game in July. They were four games back at one point. August has been a bust and the boys who cover the Twins day-to-day have stuck a fork in them.
Vicki Smith and her Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines are not used to the luxury of a three-week training schedule before going into action. Whoever is ready to play varsity tennis will be on the court Saturday when the Wolverines travel to Park Rapids - the first of four matches in August. Smith is taking over the varsity reins from Peter Tranvik this season. She is WDC's fourth head tennis coach in four years but her credentials and knowledge are first-rate. For the past eight years Smith has been the junior varsity coach. Junior Macy Hartman will be WDC's No.
The Verndale School Board hired nine people and accepted the resignation of secondary social studies instructor Jed Carlson Monday night in a special meeting at the Verndale Media Center. Jennifer Blickenstaff was hired to teach grade 4 and Maria Uselman was hired to teach grade 3.
When Don McIntire first gave the green light for a German-built wind-powered generator to be erected on his property he envisioned a string of the giants reaching down into Todd County. He is still waiting. The Nordex power generator that looms above fields of soybeans, corn and wheat seven miles south of Wadena was supposed to be just the first of many that would be built in Todd County and deliver up to 30 megawatts of clean, safe, wind-generated power. While McIntire owns the land which the generator stands upon, the man who contacted him on behalf of Nordex is John Ihle, an electrician
The McGrane Pit Crew took top honors in the ribs division and Bullseye Bar and Grill won the wings Saturday in the Wadena Elks Club's second annual Pig and Wing Challenge. Second and third place honors in the ribs division went to The Pine Cove Inn and T.C. Backyard BBQ. Earning the People's Choice award for their ribs was T.C. Backyard BBQ. The Bullseye Bar and Grill claimed first place in the chicken wings competition with Harry Hogs finishing second and Rose City BBQ earning third.
Sportsmen have been clamoring for changes in the Minnesota waterfowl season for years without making any real headway. Last week it was announced that Tom Landwehr, the new Department of Natural Resources commissioner, was finally saying "OK." To a hunter, it was a little like a father suddenly tossing the keys to his teenage driver and saying "go for it." Some hunters do not like it and a lot of them are scratching their heads. The DNR is going to change some rules. They are going to open the duck season Sept. 24. The Fish and Wildlife Service has given Minnesota that option for years.