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Jammi Ladwig and Amelie Allard are detectives hoping to gain insights into a world four centuries in the past. The University of Minnesota archaeology graduate students are part of a team on site at Little Round Hill in the Old Wadena Park. Located on the Crow Wing River 15 miles east of the 21st Century Wadena, the park is on the site of the original community of Wadena. Ladwig and Allard will be taking kids of all ages and accompanying adults on two tours of the dig site Wednesday, June 29. The first tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the second one scheduled at 1:30 p.m.
The District 2155 school board approved the hiring of Kali Matthiesen to fill the second grade teaching position by a 4-2 vote Monday evening in their regular monthly meeting. The second grade position opened this spring when Linda Macklanburg announced her decision to retire. Joan Goeden, a part-time second grade teacher, was considered by many other elementary teachers to be a good fit for the job. Board members Pete Hayes and Dan Toedter voted against the hiring of Matthieson. Hayes pointed out that his opposition had nothing to do with Matthiesen's qualifications.
It appears that a new head boys' hockey coach for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will not be coming aboard until late summer. "We're still accepting applications," WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant said Tuesday. The WDC school board filled its last teaching vacancies Monday. The Wolverines have been without a head coach since Dan Savoie stepped down this spring.
Plymouth's Chad Bartels did the 5K Sunnybrook Stomp Run/Walk in a winning time of 17:30 Saturday morning under cool, gray skies. Michelle Frost of New York Mills ran a 24:11 for the winning time in the women's bracket. The field of 78 runners and walkers were joined by 13 competitors in the 1K Youth Race. Taking top honors in the race was Courtney Warren with a time of 1:09. Codey Wolff was right behind with a 1:10. Sunnybrook Stomp 5K Run/Walk Results 5K Overall Men Chad Bartels, Plymouth, Minn.
Thomas Riitters was chosen as Verndale's 5-12 principal by the Verndale School Board Wednesday evening and will officially start his new position July 1. Riitters, 38, has been Dean of Students at Little Falls for the last five years and has a principal's license. Prior to taking an administrative position at Little Falls, Riitters was a physical education instructor. "He is going to bring a lot of energy to the position," Verndale principal Paul Brownlow said. Riitters will be replacing Justin Sperling, who resigned in May to take an administrative position at Motley.
There are half a dozen major league teams having good Junes. There is nothing surprising about that. What is surprising, given their lousy start, is that the Minnesota Twins are one of them. How can a team with so many crippled players be having a good June after a terrible April and a pathetic May? When they beat defending American League champ Texas on Sunday to win their ninth game in 12 June outings, they matched their victories for the entire month of April. Chalk up a lot of the credit up to those hungry minor leaguers.
Rachel Craig and Logan Meyer earned Most Valuable Player awards for the 2011 Wadena-Deer Creek track and field season. The two athletes also received the Best Field awards. Other awards went to Sydney Greenwaldt and Jeff Webb (Most Improved), Shane Blessing and Will Eliason (Coaches Award), Charley Cantrell and Neil Janson (Best Track), Sarah Craig and Shane Motschenbacher (Gold Baton), Emma Schmitz and Zach Bernu (Extra Effort) and Sydney Greenwaldt, Sam Bernstetter and Brody Wangsness (Most Personal Bests).
Jake Krause launched a two-run walk-off home run Saturday as the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers whipped the Bertha Blazers 12-1 in eight innings. Krause, who was making his first plate appearance for the Shockers, also recorded his first wood bat home run. The Shockers erased a 1-0 Bertha lead in the fourth when Jamie Nordlund homered to left.
A 15-run third inning explosion carried the Wadena-Deer Creek Post 171 Legion team to a 19-3 victory over Walker Tuesday in four innings. Jake Rude slugged a two-run homer for WDC while Matt Larsen clubbed a solo shot for Walker. Rude drove in three runs and scored a pair for WDC. Jake Krause and Cory Tumberg combined for four hits, four runs and five ribbies. Larsen went 2-for-2 in the loss. Jonathan Goeden went the first three and earned credit for the win.
The 2011 Minnesota State Track and Field competition is in the books and Wadena-Deer Creek's Logan Meyer has a medal. The WDC junior threw the shot 50-6 in Friday's Class A event at Hamline University in St. Paul to take sixth place in a field of 16. Meyer was appearing in the state meet for the first time after winning the Section 6A shot put title June 2 in Moorhead with a personal best toss of 51-10.