One of the many events that kick off Polar Fest in town is the Vern Turner Memorial Bonspiel at the Lakes Curling Club. The curling tournament is named after one of the founders of the curling club in Detroit Lakes. Vern Turner, along with Ed Rotenberger created the club and organized the first bonspiel in 1980 after a couple years of using Kent Freeman Arena.
Immediately following the Detroit Lakes varsity girls basketball game Friday, Feb. 8 against the Bemidji Lumberjacks, the Laker girls basketball program is hosting its inaugural Autograph Night. The general public and especially all elementary and middle school students are invited to pick up a free Laker girls basketball photo and walk through the varsity autograph line to get their photos autographed or even take a picture with their favorite Laker.
Freshman wrestler Braydon Ortloff of Detroit Lakes and senior women's track and field athlete Emily Waletzko have been named the Minnesota State University Moorhead Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 7-13. Ortloff went 2-0 on the weekend for the Dragon wrestling team which split a pair of matches on the road. He beat Isaac Berger of UMary on Friday by a 20-8 major decision and followed with a pin of Max Miller of Minot State on Saturday in 4:20. Ortloff is now 16-9 on the year.
They possessed size, skill, speed and strength. Mix in a few X’s and O’s and you have the second class of the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. A group of 15 will join the inaugural class of 14 in the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Tuesday, March 26. The reception will be held prior to the Minnesota Timberwolves game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The inductees will be introduced to the crowd at halftime of the game.
The USA Clay Target League, the parent organization of the USA High School Clay Target League and its state affiliates, has announced the launch of the USA College Clay Target League. The recreational clay target shooting sport program is open to all colleges nationwide, and will begin competition in Fall 2019.
Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive end Danielle Hunter and safety Harrison Smith have been selected by players, fans and coaches to the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl.
Jason Williamson, a running back/free safety from Owatonna High School (Big Southeast District - Red Sub-District, Class 5A) was named Mr. Football for 2018 by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA). The award was presented at the Mr. Football Banquet on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park.
The Voyageur Lanes bowling team, with a handicap score of 2,572, was this year's winner of the Women's All City tournament held November 12-15 at the Voyageur Lanes. Members of the team were Cyndi Kjos, Brenda Lund, Kristi Amell and Carrie Muhlenkort. Kristi Amell also took home the singles honor with a handicap score of 744. Kristi bowled three 200 games - 203, 267 and 223.
Fergus Falls, in Otter Tail County, will host next year's Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener from Nov. 7-10, 2019, announced DNR Commissioner, Tom Landwehr. It will be the second time this 17-year-old event has stopped in the Fergus Falls area. The area offers an abundance of agricultural lands adjacent to wooded areas and wetlands and lakes.
Reese Hernandez of Thief River Falls, MN (14 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw) has recovered from what was potentially a career-ending injury and will headline No Mercy 9 at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. 35-year-old Hernandez will square off with well-rounded striker Matt Lagou (6-4) in the night's main event on Saturday, October 20.