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Eagle Creek to open Thursday, LCCC Friday

Eagle Creek Golf Course in Willmar will be opening for play starting on Thursday, while on Friday Little Crow Country Club in between New London and Spicer will be open for business.

For more information, contact Eagle Creek at 320-235-1166 or LCCC at 320-354-2296.

Willmar 13U, 10U traveling baseball tryouts Saturday

The Willmar 13-and-under and 10-and-under traveling baseball tryouts are scheduled for Saturday at Swansson fields.

Tryouts for the 10U team is at 2 p.m. and the 13U tryouts start at 4 p.m.

Contact Mark Owens at 612-716-8458 for more information.

Willmar Piranhas 12U baseball tryouts Sunday

The Willmar Piranhas 12U baseball team is holding tryouts for open roster spots on Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

Tryouts will be held at Swansson Field, likely on the Blue Field. For any weather or field changes, check the 12U baseball section on Willmar Baseball Association’s website at

Vikings sign former Texans receiver Jean

The Minnesota Vikings signed former Houston Texans wide receiver Lestar Jean, the team announced Tuesday.

Jean has appeared in 27 games, making one start, over the past two seasons after spending his rookie season in 2011 on injured reserve. Jean has caught 10 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown in his career.

A product of Florida Atlantic, Jean entered the NFL with Houston as a rookie free agent in 2011.

SMSU to hold event Monday for new track venue

Groundbreaking for a new athletic venue in Marshall is set for 4:30 p.m. Monday. The Marshall Regional Track & Field Complex will be located at the corner of the Southwest Minnesota State University campus at the former Mattke Field stadium along State Highway 23.

The project is a partnership with SMSU and Marshall Public Schools.

The facility will include a 9-lane, 400-meter track that will also include a water jump pit, hurdle for the steeplechase and high jump area. An NCAA-regulation, synthetic turf, soccer/football field will also be placed within the track.

Also included in the complex are track and field facilities that would be constructed north of the stadium and will consist of long/triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and the javelin.