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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.
The main dish at our family Christmas dinner is prime rib and pork roast. I am always looking for an easy recipe for a delicious, moist roast. This recipe is a winner. Spicy Honey-Mustard Pork Roast Three pound pork roast One-fourth cup honey Two tablespoons dijon mustard Two Tablespoons pepper One-half teaspoon dried thyme One-half teaspoon salt
10 years ago Excerpts from the Dec. 12, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Officials nab man released from jail A Wisconsin man who was released from the Wadena County jail last month was arrested Saturday in St. Paul. Lamont Stewart, 22, of Beloit, Wis., was arrested after Ramsey County authorities pulled him over, said Mark Naylon, public information officer with Ramsey County. Stewart is accused of sexually assaulting two young girls in Wisconsin. "His charges there (in Wisconsin) weigh more than the charges he has here," Naylon said.
Jack Frost made his presence known last week. In the first storm of the season, Wadena was slammed with an estimated 16 inches of snow, fierce winds and plunging temperatures over five days. The storm began early Monday morning, bringing about 9 inches of snow to the area. A lull Tuesday allowed residents to dig out and prepare for the next big hit, which began late Tuesday night through Wednesday. The second wave brought wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour and dropped another 7 inches
Wadena-Deer Creek Schools are closed Dec. 5 due to winter weather. Classes will resume two hours late on Friday due to scheduled staff development workshop. To accommodate families, Wadena-Deer Creek Community Education will offer late-start activities for K-6 students from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Students are to check in at the Elementary Cafeteria. A variety of activities will be offered, such as a movie, games, gym or outside play, computer lab and a quiet area to do homework.