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Behind the penetrating drive of junior guard Andy Knudsvig, the Lake Park-Audubon Raiders girl's basketball team easily handled the visiting Park Christian Falcons in the Section 6-1A north quarterfinals in Lake Park Thursday night. Knudsvig's fearless penetration into the Park Christian lane the entire game netted her 41 points on the night, and boosted the third seeded Raiders past the sixth seeded Falcons 68-56. "(Andy's) one of our go-to girls and she knows how to drive and take it to the bucket and draw the foul as well," said Raider head coach Tiffany Christiansen.
Russ Karasch takes a drink of coffee from his barrel-shaped coffee mug. Root beer barrels sit in a bowl at the front of Heidi Karasch's desk. Even the German shepherd pup roaming around is named Whiskey. For the Karasch family, owners of Black Swan Cooperage in Osage, life is all about whiskey barrels. The cooperage, or barrel-maker, is one of only 22 left in the United States. Heidi Karasch picked up the trade from her father, Russ, who has been making barrels for nearly 20 years. "It's definitely a unique type of job," she said.
Thousands of people make the journey to Lake Park every year for the Midnite Riders Old Time Snowmobile Run, and this year was no exception. For the Olson family of Audubon, the yearly run is a family affair. "We have relatives who come from all over just for the run," said Nancy Olson, who's husband, Howard, and brother-in-law, Don, both won trophies for their sleds. "It really is a family affair." Don took home a trophy for his restored 1976 John Deere Cyclone 440 he bought about a year ago.
After nearly 40 years as a wildlife biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Earl Johnson is hanging up his boots. "It's somewhat bittersweet," he said of leaving a job he still enjoys doing. Johnson has been the DNR area wildlife manager in the Detroit Lakes region since 1981, where he managed about 45,000 acres in a three-county region. Johnson's first day of work was May 24, 1971, when he went to work in the DNR's St. Paul office.
Editor's note: This is the third in a three-part series about the Amish in Becker County The Amish have a very simple religion and belief system. The religion is not theological or doctrinal. "It's a very simple faith," the elder said. Their religion is not so much a matter of knowing every detail of the Bible, but following what they do know, he said.
Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series on the Amish of Becker County. Looking at the everyday life of the Amish in Becker County through a modern person's eyes, it may look very primitive and hard. But to the Amish, their lifestyle is exactly the opposite. "Our lives are pretty modern in many ways," an elder of the Amish community said. Everything the Amish do now, our ancestors did not long ago. Some of the older people around here might remember when they had to carry water out of the creek, using candles or kerosene lights.
Take a drive on the country roads between Frazee and Wolf Lake and you might come across a scene out of the turn of the century -- the 20th Century, that is. A small, black, single horse-drawn buggy moves slowly along the road. The distinctive look is that of the Amish. The Amish in Becker County have been here for three years. About half of the members of the community came from Michigan, where the Amish community was shrinking due to high land prices and proximity to a city that was growing.
Although there wasn't any deer hanging from the trees Saturday evening at the Shell River Hunting Camp, Mike Guetter couldn't be happier. "This is what it's all about," he said referring to the large group of friends and relatives that gathered in his cabin south of Osage. The group of 23 included three of Guetter's brothers, his son and daughter, many nephews, grand nephews and several family friends.
A solid blue bar suddenly appeared on the map of Detroit Lake on Jerry Sondag's fish finder. "Must be a glitch in the map," he said.
On a bright fall day, Tony Schmitz hacks his way through the Becker County woods under a canopy of amber. Somewhat oblivious to the beauty around him, he is set to his task of cutting a single-lane mountain bike track through the county land off Tower Road east of Detroit Lakes. He locates the problem he's been looking for -- an old barbed wire fence across the path.