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Plenty of Minnesota baseball fans were predicting the 2014 season would be Ron Gardenhire's final one with the Twins. The reason was Paul Molitor. Gardy was entertaining, he had a great sense of humor, he loved his players and that netted him 13 years as the head man in the club house. It was ironic that the team's slide began just one year after the Twins opened in Target Field and Gardy was named the American League Manager of the Year. When they were primed to go up they went down. So here comes Molitor. It's true that he has never managed a team but boy, what a player he was.
Minnesota deer hunters will have to set their sights on a moderate deer harvest this firearms season. Ninety-five percent of the state's permit areas will be lottery and bucks-only this year. This inevitably translates into a smaller deer harvest than 2013 and that is precisely the idea. Hunters took 171,000 deer last year and some became irate because it marked the third straight year of decline. "The seasons are more conservative this year," said DNR wildlife manager Erik Thorson of Park Rapids.
The Browerville Tigers withstood 29 kills from Shania and Jordyn Glenz Thursday night to win the South Sub-Section 5A title at Pierz. Crystal Pearson led the Tigers with 29 kills and 37 digs, Pearson was backed up at the net by Kendra Buchta who came up with 15 kills and five ace blocks. The loss stopped Verndale's bid for a section title and a state berth after three straight sub-section victories. The Pirates saw their season end at 22-10.
Noah Thompson scored three times behind a huge line Friday as the Underwood Rockets crushed Verndale's state playoff hopes with a 30-12 victory in the Section 4, Class Nine-man championship game at the Fargodome. The top-seeded Pirates, who lost only one regular season game and out-scored their other nine opponents 349-86, saw Dylan Kalenze slip into the end zone on Underwood's first offensive possession in the game for a four-yard TD conversion. The early 6-0 lead proved to be a huge psychological edge for the second-seeded Rockets, who lost a 14-13 overtime contest to Verndale in the sec
The Verndale school board approved the master contract with support staff Monday in their November meeting. Among those benefitting from the contract will be non-certified custodial, secretarial, education assistants, food service employees, bus drivers, the school's computer applications helpdesk support and the athletic director.The contract will cover the years between 2013 and 2015. The board tabled the contracts for business manager, 5-12 principal and K-4 principal at the recommendation of Verndale superintendent Paul Brownlow. "We haven't had enough time to meet with the negotiations
Jil Fiemeyer, Ann Pate and Wayne Perkins were the top three vote-getters Tuesday in the Wadena-Deer Creek school board race. Fiemeyer, a first-time candidate for the board, had 1,587 votes with 18 of the district's 21 precincts reporting. Pate edged Perkins for the second spot gaining 1,454 votes to Perkins' 1,381. Vince Hinojos, another first-time candidate, made it a close four-way race by securing 1,264 votes. Fiemeyer, a communications specialist at Tri-County Health Care, is a native of Wadena and the mother of three.
Farm machinery operators bring in the corn harvest Monday afternoon on a field west of Wadena along Highway 29.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines placed seventh and eighth respectively Friday in Section 8A cross country competition at Twin Pines Golf Course near Bagley. The Wolverines failed to qualify anyone for state but WDC head coach Mike Brunsberg and assistant coach Terry Olson rated it as the team's "best overall performance of the season." "Hats off to the three seniors who ran their final race — Tristin Godel, Brody Wangsness and Brianna Rosenthal," Brunsberg said. "Godel and Wangsness turned in their best season times.
Shania and Jordyn Glenz combined for 40 kills and Sarah Moenkedick recorded 27 digs Friday as the Verndale Pirates advanced to third round action in the Section 5A volleyball tournament by topping Upsala 3-1. The Pirates claimed the opener 25-22 but the Cardinals evened the match with a 25-21 victory. The Pirates won a tough 25-22 victory in Game 3 and edged Upsala 25-21 in Game 4. The Pirates had a strong night defensively.