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Moorhead veteran Joel Rovang ran away with the eight-kilometer title Saturday in the 25th running of the Otter Tail Lake Chase. The 45-year-old Rovang turned in a winning time of 29:05 to pace field of 144 runners. Finishing second was Jason Toth of Cornwallon, N.Y. with a time of 31:16. Fergus Falls' Nathan Jensen finished third with a 31:50 effort. The Top 10 was rounded out by Wahpeton's Keirann Smith (31:54), St.
Kevin Tumberg and Jake Seelhammer did it with the bats and Kyle Dykhoff tossed a five-hit gem Friday night as the Bluffton Braves whipped New York Mills 12-1 in Hi-10 League baseball action. Tumberg and Seelhammer each came up with a pair of singles, a double and a triple for the winning Braves. Dykhoff and Mark Sweere each scored two runs.
Wadena-Deer Creek boys' hockey coach Dan Savoie returned from a trip to Finland to find his team's hockey facility destroyed by a June 17 tornado. Tuesday morning, June 29, Savoie had a group of volunteers helping him sift through the debris of the Wadena Area Community Center for any useful equipment the tornado did not carry away. The question of whether or not the Wolverines will have a hockey program this year has been decided in Savoie's mind. "We're going to pick up the pieces like everyone else," Savoie said.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Legion suffered a 7-2 loss to Staples-Motley Monday night and ended the regular season with a 6-6 record. Kyle Dykhoff's WDC crew will now enter district play Monday with the most likely site being Menahga. Park Rapids and Staples-Motley are considered district tournament favorites. The tournament is slated for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The district winner will advance to Division II state tournament play at Bob Marshall Field in Dilworth July 30-Aug. 1. Jordan Riewer tossed a five-hitter over seven innings to lift Staples-Motley over WDC Monday night.
Town Team Baseball (Friday) Bertha 3, Wadena-Deer Creek 1 Bluffton 12, New York Mills 1
Photo by Brian Hansel Workmen began removing contents from Wadena-Deer Creek High School Monday morning, 20 days after EF-4 tornado hit Wadena.
The June meeting of the Verndale School Board opened with a stormy session Monday night. Tim Fiskum, a 9-12 English instructor at Verndale, was supported by more than 20 people when he challenged superintendent Paul Brownlow's recommendation that Jordan Hinkle replace Greg Johnson as the head boys' basketball coach. Brownlow had three candidates for the head coaching position. "I recommended whom I though was the best candidate of the three," Brownlow said. Fiskum has been on the Verndale teaching staff since 1996. He has applied for the head coaching job twice.
Photo by Brian Hansel Dean Uselman, left, and Jim Merickel plant trees near the Wadena Cemetery Tuesday afternoon along with members of the Lions Club and the United States Department of Agriculture. The group planted 135 assorted shade trees. Merickel Lumber, Gloria Merickel and the Harrison Foundation purchased 100 of the trees. The remainder were donated by the Bailey's Nursery in Newport, Minn. The trees will be watered this summer and can be transplanted around the cemetery by members of any church denomination next spring. Hunke's Transfer also assisted in the planting effort.
District 2155 has hired a Minneapolis law firm to help it navigate the uncharted waters it is approaching. The June 17 tornado that struck Wadena left the Wadena-Deer Creek High School in ruins. In the aftermath, Riverport Insurance Services is preparing a report for WDC superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom and the school board which will determine the fate of the present building. Dahlstrom has been promised that report by July 7. Rebuilding WDC, either from scratch or from the structure that remains, will mean a swing of many millions of dollars.