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The Minnesota Vikings have played their ace and it looks like Christian Ponder could help them salvage a few victories. The 2011 first round draft pick was tabbed as Minnesota's quarterback of the future last April but until last week he was still a reserve behind starter Donovan McNabb, the former Philadelphia star who played in six Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl. Needing someone to put a spark into their 1-5 team after a 39-10 Monday night thumping by Chicago, the Vikes gave Ponder the reins.
Hunters who venture into fields and forests for Minnesota's firearms deer season can expect a good deer season and ample hunting opportunities, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "We can't guarantee harvest success," said Steve Merchant, wildlife programs manager. "But we can assure hunters that good deer hunting opportunities exist throughout Minnesota." Nearly 500,000 people are expected to participate in the firearms deer season, which opens Saturday, Nov. 5, throughout Minnesota. Minnesota's whitetail deer population is about 1 million.
Top-ranked Pierz ousted Wadena-Deer Creek from the Section 8AA playoffs Tuesday night with a 47-7 romp and handed head coach Leo Pohlkamp his 200th career coaching victory. Tyler Millner scored on runs of 10 and 48 yards and returned a kickoff 80 yards for six. Millner was one of five Pierz runners that put the ball in the end zone. The Pioneers rolled up 319 yards with their rushing game. Robbie Skiba, Josh Lanners, Robert Kowalzek and Nathan Tomala also cashed in on touchdown runs. Skiba broke off a 61-yard scoring run and led the Pioneers with 88 yards on seven attempts.
Engineering and Technology Education instructor Mike Shrode has the job of building a program at Wadena-Deer Creek from the ground up. Recognizing the growing role that technology is playing in the 21st Century, the WDC school board voted to create a STEM program in their new secondary school beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. STEM is a combination of science, technology, engineering and math. STEM students takes the knowledge gained from a variety of science and math courses and use it to find the solution of an engineering problem.
Verndale administration and faculty have an idea to sell and their clientele is the Verndale student body. Beginning Nov. 2, the school will implement a Guided Study Hall program for grades 9-12. If students have missed assignments or they have a C minus or below in any class, they may be assigned to the guided study hall. Verndale faculty members have seen far too much incomplete work from students.
Construction has begun on a new building for ice hockey lovers in Wadena. Hammers Construction of Perham started work Monday on the arena. Concrete work is being completed and steel arrives this week. Wadena Hockey Association officer Matt Lunde said he anticipates having ice on the rink by the first week of December. The Wadena Hockey Association has more than 100 members.
The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team has a first round bye in the Section 8AA tournament and will play the winner of No. 4 Hawley and No. 5 Breckenridge at 7 p.m. Friday on the WDC court. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Wadena-Deer Creek Principal Louis Rutten outlined steps to help students meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) at Monday evening's Wadena-Deer Creek school board meeting. The federal government's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires all schools in the nation make AYP in math and reading.
Joyce Boyne's request for a phased retirement was approved Monday night at District 2155's October meeting. The senior bookkeeper has the distinction of being the employee with the longest service to the district. Her starting date was Dec. 16, 1968. Boyne was one of the people who took shelter in the Wadena-Deer Creek High School on June 17, 2010 during the tornado, and she related the harrowing experience to the crowd that gathered last fall to see demolition work begin on the school. Unlike many of the building's occupants that took shelter in the locker room below ground.
Ashby quarterback Blake Ohren ran for 195 yards and one TD while passing for six more as the Arrows ambushed Mike Mahlen's Verndale Pirates 62-26 Wednesday in a wild regular season finale at Ashby. Both teams got off to a fast start with three TDs hitting the scoreboard before the 11-minute mark of the first quarter. The Arrows led 16-12 after one quarter and then exploded for 30 points in the second quarter to take a 46-20 lead into the half. Andy Bounds returned a short kick 53 yards for Verndale's first score and Colton Moyer went in from the 11 for the second.