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Fan buses available for NLS football game

Fan buses will be available for the New London-Spicer football team’s Class AAA state semifinals game against Rochester Lourdes at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Metrodome.

Cost is $15 per person and riders must register and pay at the NLS Community Education Office by noon Thursday.

Turkey Leg 5k on Thanksgiving Day

The last leg of the Glacial Lakes Running Series sets off from the YMCA in Willmar at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day morning. The Turkey Leg 5k is open to families and walkers (course remains open for 90 minutes).

Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a t-shirt. Register at or

Last year 522 runners and walkers participated. C.J. Seifert of Willmar and Samantha Hanson were the first-place finishers.

Winter Fitness Expo, dinner on Monday

The fourth annual Winter Exercise Fitness Expo is 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Willmar Community and Activity Center on Highway 71 Northeast. The public is welcome visit and learn about winter fitness opportunities and gear.

The event is being held in conjunction with the annual spaghetti dinner for the Willmar high school Nordic ski team and Willmar Nordic Ski Club. Local businesses and organizations will be on hand with displays and information about exercise programs and equipment.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used for public cross country ski trails in Willmar and to support the high school Nordic ski team. Tickets at the door for the all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner are $7 for adults, $5 for students and $20 for families.

For more information contact: Forrest Peterson at 320-262-2664 or; Tim Daniels at 320-222-9622 or; or Brad Haugen at 320-444-2301 or

BBE’s Gruber named to volleyball All-State team

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa senior middle hitter Becca Gruber has been named to the 14-player Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association’s Class A All-State Team.

Central Minnesota Christian’s junior middle hitter Lexi Scott was named one of 8 honorable mentions.

Also, New London-Spicer junior outside hitter Sydney Stone is a Class AA honorable mention.

Bethel claims fourth MIAC football title

Bethel University crushed St. Olaf 47-0 on Saturday to claim the MIAC championship, its fourth conference title and first since 2007.

Concordia College, St. John’s and St. Thomas are all 5-2. Bethel can post its first undefeated regular season since 2000 with a win at SJU on Saturday.

The Cobbers lost to St. Thomas 34-20, though Brandon Zylstra (New London-Spicer) helped stake Concordia to a 13-0 lead with a TD reception. Cobbers tight end Nate Adams (Litchfield) was the top tackler with 8 and 2 pass breakups. SJU’s Josh Bungum (Paynesville) caught 9 passes for 81 yards in a 20-14 win over Hamline.