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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.
Jordyn Glenz was the Pirates' leading scorer with 20 game points Dec. 10 as Verndale Pirates edged Pillager 57-54. The Verndale standout dropped in eight of her field goals and made half of her free throw attempts. Also scoring in double figures for the Pirates was Shania Glenz with 14 points. The Pirates shot just 40 percent from the field while the Huskies shot at a 51 percent clip. Shania Glenz and Krista each earned 7 of the Pirates' 33 rebounds. The Huskies picked up 26 rebounds. Individual player stats for Pillager were not available at press time.
The Blue Devils extended their winning streak to three games Dec. 12 with a 5-0 rout of Morris-Benson. Angela Hanson was outstanding in net again, recording her fourth shutout in just 10 games. Ashlee Helseth recorded her second game-winning goal in as many contests with a two-goal performance. Hanson saved 24 shots on goal to completed the shutout. The Blue Devils took an early lead with a goal scored by Ashley Helseth at the 6:51 mark. Mackenzie Christianson also scored late in the first with an assist by Ana Sturdevant from the blue line.
Dec. 5 • A woman reported hearing a porch door banging and people talking in her garage. A suspect was found in the garage and arrested. Dec. 6 • A 911 caller hung up twice. Law enforcement spoke with the owner of the residence, who stated his children had been fighting and called 911. The children were told to get along. Dec. 7 • A caller reported his mother's room at Fair Oaks Lodge was freezing and she had no heat. An officer spoke with staff at Fair Oaks who stated the woman's room was just as warm as the rest of the rooms.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Dec. 18, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Wolverine icemen remain perfect After a scorching 3-0 start on the road, the Wolverine boys' hockey team finally came home to a full house at the Wadena Community Center when they bested the Pequot Lakes Patriots Dec. 11.