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Marcus Okeson has experienced what many longtime basketball head coaches never get to see -- a state tournament. Not that a trip to state is unique in itself, but Okeson completed this feat in his first year as a head coach, and he nearly took it all the way to a state championship. Okeson's Ellsworth Panthers were narrowly defeated by Rushford-Peterson in the Class A state championship by the score of 55-52, shaving a 14-point deficit to three points before succumbing to the Trojans.
By BRIAN WIERIMA email@example.com Although Frazee was one of the smallest schools competing in the Little Amik Indoor Track Meet at Bemidji State Tuesday, they provided a big bite. The Hornet boys finished seventh out of 26 teams and over 1,700 athletes (boys and girls combined) at the large meet, while the girls provided good finishes with the low numbers they had. Drew Daggett had a pair of top three finishes, taking first in the high jump with a 6-0 height, while nabbing a bronze in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.45.
The "GrappleRoo" spaghetti feed benefiting the Detroit Lakes youth wrestling program, will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes High School commons area. There will be drawings for fun prizes and there will also be Optimist Awards handed out to all qualifying Mat Rat wrestlers. The cost will be $5 per person and there will be a $20 family cap.
It might not have the support of most of Minnesota's youth, but lawmakers are debating whether the school year should be extended by up to five weeks. Willmar school Superintendent Kathy Leedom said a longer school year would improve the state's education system. "With extended time, we can take the next step in increasing our learning across the board," Leedom told the Senate Education Committee. In order to compete globally in the 21st century, local students need to spend more time in class to learn new skills, said Sen.
A man's car sank Friday after he drove past barricades prohibiting traffic on a flooded road. Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said deputies cited Matthew Benson, 19, of Arvilla, N.D., for going around the barricades. Benson told authorities he was traveling to Grand Forks, N.D., when he drove north on County Road 1 and into the floodwaters near County Road 26. Benson swam to safety, but authorities couldn't find his 2000 Hyundai Tiburon, Bergquist said. "We can't see it anywhere, so it's that deep," Bergquist said. Clay County deputies ticketed at least four drivers, including Benson,
The fire season took off this week with the Park Rapids Area Forestry Office reporting four fires Thursday that burned about 25 acres. The largest fire was in Straight River Township on Fritz Craig's property along the Straight River, where about 20 acres burned in addition to an open shop building, a number of cars and a tire pile. To date, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), five fires have burned about 128 acres. An additional 18 Minnesota counties, including Hubbard, will no longer be issuing burning permits as of 8 a.m.
The Minnesota Legislature cannot change a proposed constitutional amendment that many rural leaders fear will eat into their road construction funds, an assistant attorney general has ruled. The opinion came this week, after a House attorney says the wording can be changed. The conflicting opinions make an already controversial issue more so. The proposed amendment, which will be on the Nov.
Private property owners could have more protections if a government tries to take their land as lawmakers move to reform the state's eminent domain laws. After three hours of debate, the Minnesota House on Thursday voted 115-17 to place new limits on governments' ability to take private land from one owner so it can be used for a private economic development project. Bill sponsor Rep. Jeff Johnson said more restrictions are needed to make sure private property owners are fairly compensated if their land is taken for a public use, such as a new road or school building.
One central Minnesota baby has made a grand entrance, being born during a minute of chronological coincidence. Anthony Patrick Mertens showed up at 1:23 p.m. on 4-5-06 and weighed 7 pounds. His parents are Linda Kolodjeski and Anthony Mertens, of St. Cloud. The baby was due April 26, but doctors at St. Cloud Hospital began inducing his mother at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. What the birth time and date means, Mertens' parents don't know. "Hopefully something good," Kolodjeski said. Mertens has two older sisters, Courtney, 6, and Zoe, 15 months. His dad said he's happy to have a boy in the family.
A Dodge County sting operation set up to capture Internet sexual predators has a Richville man needing to get out of Dodge. A three-count complaint was filed against Larry Burian McClendon, Jr. on March 20. Court records indicate the thirty-six year-old man resides on West First Street in Richville. McClendon is charged with three felonies related to a March 17 incident. According to the criminal complaint, Kasson City Police Department officers entered an Internet chat room as a 14-year old girl and were contacted by an individual named Larry.