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Mary Ludovissie understands a tough truth -- not all communities grow but all communities change. In the days of large families, the halls and classrooms of St. Ann's Catholic School in Wadena were filled with students. After Thursday's final day of school, they are empty. Just as country schools were forced to close for economic reasons, St. Ann's has closed after being part of the Wadena community for 107 years. Ludovissie and her family live outside of Verndale now and she works at St. Frederick's Catholic Church in Verndale.
The owners of Fleet Supply are planning to take a short trip. Rich and Carol Taggart will be moving their business from its present location at 949 Jefferson Street North to the former Pamida building at 801 Jefferson Street North this fall. "It just looked like a good move for us," Rich Taggart said.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines came up with 11 hits to back up six inninings of shutout pitching Tuesday in a 7-2 win over Pelican Rapids. Cody Redfield went 3-for-4 at the plate to pace the Wolverines. Redfield also tripled and drove in a run. Kevin Tumberg and Ryan Nelson come four four hits and three runs.
Thief River Falls' Beezer Skime and Connor Hutton ousted Mike Paavola and Taylor Garcia 6-0, 6-3 Thursday in the second round of the Section 8A Individual Tournament. Skime and Hutton went on to place second to Thief River teammates Jacob Engelstad and Micah Rodahl 6-4, 6-3. Paavola and Garcia reached Thursday's round by defeating Scott Metzger and Shane Wasylow of East Grand Forks 6-2, 6-3 in Tuesday's opening round of doubles play.
Kayla Krause fired an 88 Monday in the Section 8AA golf tournament at Longbow. Detroit Lakes took top team honors with a 335. Perham's Holly Karkela shot a tournament-best 74. Other state qualifiers included Crookston's Monica Wold (77) Detroit Lakes; Trisha Hutchinson (78) and Courtney Hedstrom (80) and Roseau's Abby Nesss (81). Section 8AA Girls' Golf Tournament Team Results: 1. Detroit Lakes 335 2. Perham 350 3. Crookston 353 4. Roseau 356 5. Pelican Rapids 373 6. East Grand Forks 374
Clay Cottrell had enough arm for one victory but not enough for two as the Verndale Pirates went down in the Sub-Section 6A baseball tournament. The Pirates brushed off Lake Park-Audubon 7-2 Tuesday before falling to Sebeka 10-0 in Sub-Section 6A baseball action. Cottrell and the Pirates surrendered two runs in the first inning in their game with the Raiders but the senior right-hander was untouchable the rest of the way and gave up just three hits in gaining the victory. Cody Yungbauer went 2-for-4 in the victory with a double, two RBIs and two runs.
A four-run first inning sparked the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers last Saturday as they notched a 10-7 victory over Fergus Falls at Legion Field. Travis George went 3-for-5, scored three runs and drove in two for the Shockers. Jordan Wohlwend, who scored three times without picking up a hit, went all nine innings on the hill for WDC. Wohlwend turned in a gutsy effort as he stayed in the game after being drilled in the shin by a liner in the sixth. The WDC right-hander gave up nine hits and five walks while striking out six.
Dane Hoffman and Rachel Craig dominated the weights May 27 in the Sub-Section 3, Section 6A meet at the Wadena-Deer Creek track complex. Both athletes took firsts in the discus and shot put. Hoffman threw the discus 151-7 and put the shot 44-2.