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As their pitching goes, so go the Minnesota Twins in 2015, so what kind of strategy do rookie manager Paul Molitor and rookie pitching coach Neil Allen have in mind? When Ron Gardenhire was managing the Twins he once admitted he did not know that much about handling a pitching staff. He left most of the decisions to pitching coach Rick Anderson. This might be a sensible strategy but it should be noted that it never got the Twins to the World Series. The Twins showed they could produce runs last year but they also showed they could also give them up.
Mike Kenney's Wadena-Deer Creek trapshooting team has grown to 51 just three years after it began. Kenney has 17 of last year's gunners back including Cordell Webb, Jake Goeden, Ryan Grendahl, Drew Killian and Reid Miller, who helped the Wolverines qualify for their first-ever Minnesota State High School League tournament last spring. "With the high number of shootings, improvements made at the range and the new indoor dry fire practice technology, competition looks to be fierce for the high gun," Kenney said. The Wolverines placed third in the conference last year.
One year after taking runner-up honors in the Park Region Conference and True Team meets, the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders are at a crossroad. Park Region Conference Coach of the Year Ken Miller has 22 girls out to help him balance the loss of 12 members of his 2014 squad. Eight BHV athletes were named all-conference, nine qualified for the Section 6A meet at Moorhead State and Kasey Willis, who is assisting Miller this season, qualified for state with a runner-up finish in the 300 low hurdles. The Raiders have an all-conference and section favorite back in the triple jump with the return
A flock of wild turkeys hunted for acorns in the yard of a rural residence on State Highway 210 south of Deer Creek last Tuesday afternoon. Mild spring weather and the absence of snow cover so early in March was unusual for west-central Minnesota.
Battle Lake basketball player Andrew VanErp was incorrectly identified in the March 12 issue of the Pioneer Journal.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Autumn Jahnke performed with the all state dance team Saturday in Wayzata. A field of 250 girls were selected to perform. WDC's Kristyn Ament was also chosen for...
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board is keeping a weather eye on St. Paul as spring rolls around this year. With the state legislature in session and the possible recipients of a $1.9 billion tax surplus still being decided, the WDC school board is taking a cautious approach toward their 2016 preliminary budget and the 2015-2016 school calendar. Monday's meeting saw the WDC administration roll out a preliminary budget with general fund revenues of $10,691,081 and expenses of $10,490,961.
Better times seem to be on the horizon for Minnesota deer hunters after a mild winter. "I think the deer actually came through it very well," Wadena conservation officer Greg Oldakowski said. "The deer I have been seeing in the county have a pretty good fat supply on them." After two straight winters of of tough conditions, the winter of 2014-2015 got off to an early and chilly start last November. Something remarkable happened when December arrived without snow and it continued with a mild January which left resident wildlife free to feed on crop residue.
Is professional football planning to eradicate the running back? Never, you say. There will always be a place for the running back in a game with a "foot" in it. The ghosts of Knute Rockne and Red Grange have nothing to fear. A lot of teams do seem to be be giving up on their running backs these days. The Eagles traded LeSean McCoy, the Cowboys let DeMarco Murray end up with division rival Philadelphia, San Francisco's Frank Gore has has joined the Colts, Reggie Bush is going with the 49ers and Darren McFadden is going to be a Cowboy. Of course the green stuff is what it is all about.
First-year head softball coach Tracy Fruechte wants to make sure her Wadena-Deer Creek squad is on the same page this spring when it comes to mechanics. Fruechte wants to improve batting and fielding as she works on changing the fortunes of a team that went 3-14 on the diamond last year. Returning letterwinners on this year's team include seniors Maddy Hinojos, Elise Kallevig, Samantha Manselle, Ashley Peters and Morgan Zeise and juniors Madison Barthel and Mikaela Nordlund. With the season opener slated for April 9, Fruechte is not rushing to shell out starting jobs.