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It's just a hunch, but maybe a person does not need a crystal ball to see into the future. Common sense can be a pretty good substitute. The future of pheasant hunting is currently in doubt because of the shrinking number of acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Like the old Soil Bank Program of the 1950s, the CRP acres have given grassland-loving creatures a home and room to expand. There were 1.7 million acres enrolled in the program 20 years ago.
The Wadena-Deer Creek girls and boys cross country teams placed ninth and 11th respectively Monday in the Park Rapids Invitational at the Headwaters Golf Course. WDC's Emma Schmitz had a strong race as she paced the WDC girls with a sixth place time of 15:34.19. The WDC freshman earned all-conference honors at Staples Oct. 13. Roseau freshman Madeline Huglen placed four seconds in front of Schmitz with a time of 15:34.19.
The Royalton Royals reeled off their third straight victory Wednesday as they stopped Wadena-Deer Creek 40-14 in the regular season finale for both clubs. Logan Meyer hit paydirt on fourth quarter runs of one and 65 yards to put WDC's two touchdowns on the board. The WDC senior standout had 232 rushing yards on a staggering 35 carries. He also caught three passes for 48 yards. The game saw senior Jake Rude suffer a concussion in the first quarter.
A good night at the net propelled the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines past Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 3-1 Tuesday night in their regular season finale. Squaring off against the school they faced in the Section 8AA finals last year at Hawley, the Wolverines claimed 25-12 and 25-21 victories before falling to the Rebels 25-22 in Game 3. The Wolverines took the match with a 25-19 victory in Game 4. Five WDC volleyers recorded blocks in the game, led by Emily Miron's 14 and Melissa Moenkedick's 10.
A 15-year-old Dalton girl was killed and seven other people were injured in a Sunday morning collision at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 210 and Otter Tail County Highway 33 in Otter Tail County. Skylah Oksness was a passenger in a 1999 Buick Regal driven by Aimee Magnusson, 18, of Fergus Falls when it collided with a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice driven by Sasha Parker, 24, of Battle Lake at approximately 2:30 a.m.
A 13-year-old student at Wadena-Deer Creek Junior High School in Deer Creek was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 5, allegedly for making a threat against another student. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said the boy's threat implied the use of a weapon. No weapon was found, the sheriff's office said, and no students were injured. The boy was taken into custody. "School administration is working in collaboration with law enforcement on this issue," WDC Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom said. The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m.
There is an age-old duel going on every day in schools across the United States and it could involve your kids. It is the duel with school administrators and faculty on one side and kids on the other. Administrators like Verndale's Tom Riitters and Wadena-Deer Creek's Tyler Church are players in this sometimes silly, sometimes serious contest. Riitters and Church have to keep their teachers alerted to various trends and gimmicks. "Kids try to sneak things past us every day," Riitters said.
You are welcome to venture into Malice Creek Manor but don't come alone. The manor is haunted and it is full of ghosts, monsters and other frightening aberrations that will scare you silly. Joe Randall and Diane Vry of the Wadena VFW have joined forces with Wadena Fair Board Vice President Mike Olson in presenting this year's second annual fundraiser at the Wadena County Fairgrounds. The trip through Malice Creek Manor will take visitors through a Halloween adventure of black, winding mineshafts, rooms where bloody heads dangle, bodies burn and insane asylum experiments are performed. The
Wyatt Samelson's 44-yard run capped a furious fourth quarter of scoring Saturday night and carried Parkers Prairie to a 26-14 victory over Verndale. Playing their third game in nine days, the Pirates were held scoreless for the first three quarters. "I think playing three games in nine days kind of caught up with us in that second half," Verndale Head Coach Mike Mahlen said.
Verndale's Teresa Moenkedick and Jordanna Schluttner combined for a whopping 39 kills but the Laporte Wildcats emerged the winner Tuesday night in a five-set series in Laporte. The Wildcats triumphed 25-18 in the opener of the seesaw volleyball battle. The Pirates took a 2-1 lead with back-to-back wins of 25-23 and 25-15. The Wildcats forced Game 5 with a 25-21 and held out for a 15-13 victory in the last contest. Moenkedick also came up with 25 digs and three aces. Schluttner had 16 kills and 12 blocks. Sarah Moenkedick set up 31 assists.