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So often in major league baseball it has come down to the right guy, the right trade -- the move that synchronizes and energizes the whole team. Eight years ago another underachieving Minnesota team was 10 games back in their division at the All-Star break. They had won the division title in 2002 and they had some talent but they were lacking a certain type of player. The Twins decided that what they needed was a veteran lead-off hitter, and they worked a July 16 trade for Toronto left fielder Shannon Stewart, who had already played eight seasons in the majors.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Post 171 team staged a big four-run fifth frame Tuesday to ice a 7-5 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. WDC was clinging to a 3-2 lead after four innings of play as Jonathan Goeden and Ben James hooked up in a tight pitching duel. Errors did the Walker club in as they blew four chances. Kyle Dykhoff's WDC crew was guilty of just one miscue. Christian Berg slammed a solo home run in the victory. Jake Krause went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Ryan Redfield was 2-for-3 with two runs and three stolen bases.
Cory Odland went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs Tuesday night as the Park Rapids Legion whipped Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 9-5. Park Rapids grabbed a 4-0 lead after two innings but BHV battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. A three-run fifth frame put Park Rapids on top for good. Steve Riewer's club came up with 10 hits. Patrick Riewer went 3-for-3 and scored twice. Jared Hoemberg drove in three runs with two safeties.
Tom Riitters was targeted for some good-natured kidding Monday night as he sat in on the June board meeting of District 818. Riitters officially joins the Verndale school system July 1 as their 5-12 principal. The former Little Falls teacher and administrator will take over a position held by Justin Sperling, who is going to an administrative job in Motley after serving District 818 as a coach, a teacher, a dean of students and a principal. Sperling was the K-12 principal at Verndale.
Jimmy White made the United States Air Force his life for 23 years and served his country all over the world. He is still serving it, but in a different way. White is the newly elected commander of VFW Post 3922 in Wadena.
22 has been recognized by the national and state organizations for their efforts following the June 17, 2010 tornado in Wadena. The national award, which is very rare according to former VFW commander Charles "Chuck" Venzke, is an Award of Merit for community service special project entry "Tornado Disaster Recovery Assistance." The Wadena post also received the 2011 Outstanding Community Service Project award from the Department of Minnesota.
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.