Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. —- Jim Dresch was ice fishing with his good friend, Roger Van Surksum, a couple years ago when Van Surksum latched into a nice crappie. He worked the fish up to the hole before his chair went flying. Crappies are known for their paper-thin mouths, and this one did not quite make it out of the hole. Van Surksum, 70, shot to his knees in an attempt to grab it in the water before it could get away. No luck. "I looked at Roger and said, 'That one sounded like it hurt,' " Dresch said.
Wendy Kohler coached the Alexandria girls basketball team in the season opener against Big Lake like she coaches every game - with plenty of emotion. She shouted direction to her players. Dropped to her knee to dissect the situation as plays unfolded and let our her patented whistle a few times that gets all her girls’ attention. Rarely is there a moment to sit as she works the sidelines.
A hole-in-one is supposed to be celebrated on the tee box as a player watches the flight of the ball before it falls into the cup. That's not how things played out for Forada's Steve "Beaver" Hlinsky. Not at all.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Alexandria conservation officer Mitch Lawler will drop his boat into the water for the Minnesota fishing opener Saturday morning, May and head out for one of the busiest weekends of his year. Lawler didn't know exactly which lakes he would hit Saturday, May 13, but he'll visit as many of the area's most popular fisheries as possible. Even so, he figures that will be anywhere between four and seven lakes — and that's if his phone doesn't take him elsewhere.
The Fergus Falls boys basketball team waited for the biggest of three games against Alexandria this winter to play their best game against the Cardinals. The Otters (25-4) had lost twice during the regular season to Alexandria (21-8) but came out ready to go in the Section 8-AAA title game at St. Cloud State University.
Ben Beyer couldn't be caught in the Minnesota Class 3A state football quarterfinal game Friday. The senior running back for Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rushed for a 64-yard touchdown in the first quarter...
Moorhead’s Dan Elton entered the Pine to Palm Seniors tournament coming off a win in the Masters Division as the Resorters tournament in Alexandria last week. The 12th-seeded Elton qualified...
Detroit Lakes’ Kate Smith says she had no expectations entering her first Resorters golf tournament in Alexandria, but others in the field likely knew it could turn out exactly as it did.
A family is mourning the loss of a father, friend and husband, while the community around them lost one of its greatest leaders this past Saturday. Members of the Hoffman,...
Glenwood's Brianna Janu is the returning women's champion and entrenched as the top seed in this year's field, but she'll have plenty of quality competition to go through if she's going to repeat. A lot of familiar faces are back in the championship flight that gets going today at 1:48 p.m.