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If you are the Minnesota Vikings and the Super Bowl eluded you by a field goal last year you have to feel like this could be your year. All it will take is healthy and productive Brett Favre, a few less fumbles by Adrian Peterson, another big year from Minnesota receivers Sidney Rice, Bernard Berrian, Visanthe Shiancoe and Percy Harvin, and a defensive line that includes Pat and Kevin Williams for the entire season. Throw in a healthy E.J. Henderson and Antoine Winfield and who knows? Maybe the Vikings will be playing in their first Super Bowl since 1978 next February?
Detroit Lakes' Phil Kirchner parked a three-run walk-off homer in the ninth inning Saturday as Detroit Lakes defeated Bluffton 10-9 in Hi-10 League playoff action. The Braves scored at least once in four of the first five innings for an 8-3 lead over the second-ranked Angels. Marc Sweere's solo shot in the eighth sent Bluffton into the ninth with a 9-7 lead. Kirk Beebout and Chris Gilson set the table for Kirchner and after Taylor Fuhs popped out, Kirchner took Bluffton's Kyle Dykhoff over the fence. Kurt Mursu and Marc Sweere came up with two ribbies each for Bluffton.
Members of the Wadena VFW baseball team that played in the district tournament were (front, l-r) Joey Price, Jeremy Hoemberg, Cory McManigle, Jake Rude, Bridger Pettit and Matt Laughlin; (back) Coach Nick Goeden, Jonathan Goeden, David Najjar, Christian Berg, Isaac Zeise, Ryan Redfield, Nick Schmitz and assistant coach Kevin Tumberg. Not pictured: Kenny Sakry and Jake Krause. Photo provided.
Town Team Baseball Hi-10 League Playoffs Wadena-Deer Creek 7, Perham 6 Next: WDC (4) at Detroit Lakes (2), 7:30 p.m., Friday
Photo by Brian Hansel A cyclist travels down State Highway 29 west of Wadena Thursday morning as part of the five-day, 300-mile The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) event. Nearly 1,000 bikers are taking part in the 21st annual fundraiser which left Alexandria Monday. Some of the other communities the bikers will pass through include Little Falls, Pequot Lakes and Fergus Falls. The riders are raising money to fight multiple sclerosis, a disease which afflicts more than 400,000 people in the United States.
Photo by Brian Hansel City of Wadena crews were on the job clearing storm sewers early Tuesday morning after a heavy rain. Severe storms are predicted for the Wadena area until midday.
Town Team Baseball Hi-10 League Playoffs (Friday) Detroit Lakes 10, Bluffton 9 (Saturday) Bertha 8, Wadena-Deer Creek 5 (Sunday) Perham 4, Bluffton 1 Wadena-Deer Creek 5, New York Mills 4 Next: Perham (5) at Wadena-Deer Creek (4) 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 28
Wadena's Chris O'Kane turned in an overall time of 1:11:31 Sunday morning to take runner-up honors in the Hoot Lake Triathlon in Fergus Falls. The 39-year-old dentist completed the quarter-mile swim in a time of 7 minutes, posted a 40:31 time in the 15.7-mile bike race and ran the 3.3-mile run in 22:10. O'Kane was eighth in the swimming event, third in the biking and seventh in the running.
Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Larry Shellito will be the guest of honor for Wadena VFW Post 3922's seventh annual Honor Ride July 31. The motorcycle ride fundraiser will leave the city at noon, rain or shine. The funds help members of the local National Guard unit. Shellito is stepping down this fall as head of the Minnesota National Guard. Shellito was based at the Wadena Armory in the 1970s. Prior to that time, Shellito served in Vietnam as a senior advisor.
Dustin Geiser fired a three-hitter and Kyle Dykhoff went 4-for-5 Wednesday night as the Bluffton Braves handed New York Mills a 10-0 loss in eight innings in a Hi-10 League playoff game. Geiser struck out seven and walked only two in his eight innings of work. The Millers were able to get a runner to third just once. Dykhoff came up with two doubles as he drove in two runs. Cody Geiser went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Josh Sweere was also 2-for-3 at the plate and scored twice.