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Cody McManigle of Wadena and Jesse Wannamacher of Fergus Falls will headline a double main event Saturday at the Wadena National Guard Armory. McManigle will meet Nate Rubin of Brainerd in a 140-pound bout. Wannamacher will square off against Clyde Willrich of Minneapolis. The second local boxing card of the season will have 12 bouts and will feature boxers from St. Cloud, White Earth, Minneapolis, Fergus Falls, Wadena, Brainerd and Leech Lake.
Jake Ahlgren's five-point night sparked Fergus Falls in a 10-5 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night at the Fergus Falls Community Arena. The two clubs exchanged goals in the first period with Ahlgren, Bill Rodning and Devin Johnson icing goals for the Otters and Mitchell Swanson and Bridger Pettit scoring for the Wolverines. The Otters pulled away by scoring the first three goals of the second period. Ahlgren and Peter Gaustad had even-strength goals up by the time Sam Rausch rammed home a power play shot at the 4:55 mark.
The District 2155 school board will have a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Wadena-Deer Creek Schools offices on South Third Street. Board business will include establishing meeting dates, time and location, approving district depositories, delegating authority to conduct business, designating an official school publication, appointing an official representative for federal programs and setting the school board compensation rates for 2012. The board will also approve committee appointments for the coming year and hold the annual election of officers.
Give the Minnesota Vikings some credit - they have had a beneficial season -- not a Super Bowl season, not a playoff season, not even a respectable season, but the kind of season that can really help a team. What have Minnesota fans wanted for 51 years? That's right - a Super Bowl victory. They have tracked it like a Scud missile tracking a jet and they have been close, very close. Last Saturday's 33-26 victory over Washington broke a six-game losing streak but that is about all it did. When you are angling for a top college draft choice, victories are the last thing you really want.
The Verndale Pirates evened their Park Region Conference slate at 1-1 Thursday by topping Menahga 67-52 at Verndale. Dallas Ehrmantraut sparked the Pirates with 20 points and was tough at the line canning 11 of 13 free throw attempts. Aaron Denny pumped in 15 points and matched his offensive output with a whopping 17 rebounds and four blocked shots. Free throws dominated the up tempo game with the Pirates sinking 22 of 39 foul shots and the Braves hitting 18 of 35 attempts. The Pirates take a 2-5 record into the Christmas break. Jordan Hinkle's club will return to action Jan.
Freshman Jeremiah Hanson broke open a tight game by sinking five of six technical free throws Wednesday as the Maranatha Academy Mustangs edged Wadena-Deer Creek 69-64 in the Otter Holiday Classic. "I chirped to the ref one time, then Ryan (Redfield) said something and then Jeremy (Sherman)," said WDC Head Coach Tom VanErp. "I don't think it was a poorly officiated game, I think there was one poor official." VanErp said the reason the protests were lodged had to do with the way the officials were calling fouls under the basket.
Lizzi Schieldt scored a hat trick and dished out one assist for a four-point game Wednesday to lead Middleton (Wis.) Metro to a 7-1 victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek in the Schwan Cup Tournament at Blaine, Minn. The Green Division loss to the Lynx dropped the Blue Devils into the tournament's consolation bracket and gave them a 1-7 season mark. Schieldt scored twice in the first period with her second goal coming on the power play. She completed her hat trick at the 15:27 mark of the third period.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team followed up their 2010 Class AA state championship season with their fourth straight trip to the state tournament in St. Paul. Sue Volkmann's volleyers placed fourth in the eight-team tournament - defeating Visitation 3-2 in the opening round before falling to top-ranked Marshall 3-1 and Jordan 3-0. The Wolverines ended the season with a 27-6 record. WDC junior middle hitter Emily Miron was named to the all-state tournament team.
Carlson Highland presented a 2011 financial audit to the Verndale School Board Dec. 19 that indicated the fund balance will continue to grow. The report showed a growth of $350,919 in the general fund and $24,981 in the food service fund. The increases were partially offset by a $19,796 drop in the debt service balance fund and a $1,719 decrease in the community education fund.
Ice fishing has been a difficult sport for some this winter as unusually mild temperatures prevail in west central Minnesota. Houses have already gone down on Otter Tail County lakes like Buchanan and Dead. The Grant County Sheriff's Office reported that five fish houses went down Tuesday - one day after a terrific wind and temperatures near 50 degrees. There are several ways to turn your fish house into the Titanic during a warm Minnesota winter. One of the best ways is to pretend that no problem exists.