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Shoving Brad Childress out the door was a sign by Zygi and Mark Wilf that big changes are in the wind for the Minnesota Vikings. Among the usual tripe regarding the sacking of Brad Childress this week there have been some good observations. I just hope the Wilfs read some of the same ones I did. Childress was not the entire problem, as everyone with a brain knows, but he did not have the solutions either. Childress basically took over a team with no talent and took it two victories forward each year until this season.
Photo by Brian Hansel Wadena public works employee Shawn Swenson spreads de-icer Monday morning on a city sidewalk near Northwest Park. A winter weather advisory for snow is in effect until 9 p.m. Monday. A winter storm watch is in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines wrapped up their 2010 season with a shining 33-0 record Saturday as they claimed their first Class AA state volleyball championship in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. The Wolverines maintained their excellent chemistry and focus throughout the three-day event and capped it Saturday afternoon by beating top-seeded Hutchinson 25-20, 25-19, 29-27.
District 2155 school board members Ann Pate, Steve Techam and Dan Toedter have answered the call to serve with a group that could make some dramatic changes in the Wadena community over the next few years. On the same day that a Rachel Contractors full swing began taking down the high school in front of a large crowd of spectators, the school board heard members of the Wadena City Council express their interest in putting together a team that could land additional funds from the Minnesota Legislature in January. The new WDC school will be built by the time the 2012-13 school year begins.
If George Behl's hair turns a little gray this winter it might be traced to his team. They have a way of making games exciting for fans but nerve-wracking for coaches. Behl will be taking over the head reins of the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Blue Devils this season, an outfit that won four of and lost three of their 22 games by a single goal.
All-Conference pick Ashley Richter has been named Offensive MVP of the 2010 Verndale Pirates volleyball team. Megan Richter, Jordanna Schluttner and Teresa Moenkedick shared Defensive MVP honors. Other varsity team awards went to Richter (Most Dependable), Elizabeth Johnson and Kaitlyn Richter (Table Setter), Moenkedick (Team Player), Johnson (Hustle), Kristin Korfe (Spirit) and Miranda Dougherty (Most Improved). Johnson and Moenkedick were also conference honorable mention picks. Dougherty was Defensive MVP of the junior varsity team and shared Offensive MVP honors with Kristia Dailey. O
Who had any idea that a Class AA state volleyball championship could mean so much to a community? The honor of winning a state title is enough for most communities but what happened in St. Paul last week transcended that honor. It showed the whole state what kind of kids this area turns out. When the 2009 season was over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines had a state consolation title and a very bright future. They were losing only one of their senior starters to graduation.
Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball players Emily Miron, Rachel Craig and Kelsi Crawford sported souvenirs from the 2010 State Volleyball Tournament Monday morning at a student pep fest. The Wolverines won the Class AA state championship Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
There were mixed emotions from different age groups Monday morning as Rachel Contractors began taking down the Wadena-Deer Creek High School. A Rachel Contractors employee estimated the demolition of the school will take 4-6 weeks depending upon the weather. The school was destroyed by a tornado that hit Wadena June 17. Work on a new school is scheduled to begin April 1, 2011. The new facility is expected to be ready for classes when the 2012-13 school year begins.
The adoption of new registration options has changed the face of the Minnesota firearms deer hunting season this fall. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is giving hunters who tag deer additional options of registering. Taking your deer to a registration station still works, but so does registering your deer online or using your cell phone. Reporting deer on the Internet requires going online to the licensing center.