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The Verndale lady cagers clobbered Swanville Dec. 16 with a decisive victory of 67-16. The Bulldogs were no match for the Pirates, who took an early lead in the first half. The Pirates' top scorer was Shania Glenz, with 21 points. Krista Dailey followed with 12 points. Jordyn Glenz netted a respectable 8 points. The Bulldogs struggled in the first half, netting just 4 points by Brooklyn Thieschafer and Steph Koetter.
Pequot Lakes proved victorious against the Blue Devils Dec. 17. The Patriots took an early lead in the first period, putting up goals at the 14:24 and 10:37 marks. The Blue Devils answered back with a goal by Zara Einerwold at 8:57, assisted by Kylee Helling. The Patriots scored twice more in the first at 6:13 and 5:31. The Blue Devils rallied with a powerplay goal scored late in the first by McKenzie Christianson, assisted by Kylee Damm. The scoreboard ended in the first 4-2 in favor of the Patriots.
The Wadena ladies fell to Pelican Rapids Dec. 17 with a final score of 74-43 in favor of the Vikings. The Vikings dominated in the first half, scoring 39 points to the Wolverines 17. The Wolverines battled back in the second half, netting 26 points, but the Vikings held their lead with an additional 35 points to clinch the victory. Vikings' Mackenzie Korf led with 29 points. Grace Forsgren also put up double digits, earning 12 points.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Dec. 25, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Officer involved in Dec. 9 shooting returns to duty. A Wadena police officer involved in a shooting on Dec. 9 returned to active duty. Investigation results haven't come back from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Wadena Police Sgt. Tom Crawford returned to active duty 10 days after he was involved in a shooting incident.
This year's Empty Stocking Talent program was a huge success, raising $13,390 for needy children. The talent show took place Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School commons. Pastor Nate Loer, from Immanuel Lutheran church, began the program with an invocation. A variety of singers, bands, choirs, guitarists and pianists performed at the show, which aimed to raise funds to purchase toys and clothing for children in need at Christmas.
Santa Claus came to town. Jerry and Irene Barron, dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, visited the Wadena McDonald's Sunday to the elation of many children, young and old. Jerry Barron has been playing Santa for over 25 years. Originally visiting locations in Bertha, Barron has played St. Nick in Wadena since he and his wife moved here. Irene Barron made their costumes and they have been listening to children's requests ever since. "It is so much fun to talk with the children. We really enjoy doing this," Barron said.
Verndale at Pillager The Verndale Pirates secured a big road victory over the Pillager Huskies Dec. 10 in their conference opener by a final score of 81-67. Eric Blaha played a fantastic game, tallying 36 points and 10 rebounds. He was a staggering 13-18 from the field and 10-12 from the free throw line. Credit goes to the guards, including Marcos Gomez who did a great job recognizing mismatches and feeding the post on multiple occasions. Gomez chipped in with his own eight points.
When I owned a bread machine, I would make sticky buns every year for our family Christmas breakfast. I don't have a bread machine anymore, so I had to find a different recipe for sticky buns since they are a family favorite. I found this recipe a few years ago and it is almost as good as the original. You can vary the recipe by using other pudding flavors, such as butterscotch or add a cup of raisins if you like. Easy Sticky Buns Makes 8 to 10 servings 1 (12oz) pkg. frozen dinner roll dough 1 cup chopped pecans
Hawley coach Bill Gottenborg celebrated his 500th win Thursday night when the Hawley Nuggets defeated the Wolverines. The Nuggets bested the Wolverines 60-17 in the Dec. 12 match-up. Mira Ellefson was the Nuggets' top scorer with 21 points. Ellefson scored all 9 of her 2-point attempts. Also scoring in double figures for the Nuggets was Jody Noreen with 18 points. The Nuggets scored 96 percent of their attempts while the Wolverines score at a 15 percent success rate. Hawley racked up a solid lead in the first half with 34 points.
Prairie Centre iced seven goals Dec. 10 as the North Stars claimed a 7-1 victory over the Wolverines. The North Stars put 32 shots on goal against WDC's Wesley Janson. The Wolverines countered with 20 shots on goal against Clay Deters. The North Stars grabbed a 4-1 first period lead against WDC on goals by Preston Pung, Alexsi Runola and Zack Laaksonen. Behl put WDC on the board at the 15:23 mark with an unassisted goal, the Wolverine's solo point for the night. The second period saw the North Stars stretch their lead by one when Pung scored again at the 0:21 mark.