ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud Veterans Administration Medical Center, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota National Guard will host the 15th Annual Physically Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt Oct. 3-5 at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The special hunt is provided for physically disabled veterans who are currently receiving outpatient services at a VA Medical Center or who are eligible for care and who cannot hunt during regular firearms season. Applications will be taken between July 3-14. Interested veterans may contact Dennis Erie at 320-251-1670, ext.
My three-year-old grandson, Zane, and I were sitting on the dock fishing the other afternoon. Fishing was intense for the first few minutes, but when he did not get a bite in three or four casts, his attention span had reached it limits. He sat down beside me and said, "Grandpa, we have alwigators in the north pond." "Alligators?" I questioned. "Yes, alwigators!" he stated with all the confidence of one who knows of what they speak. I did not know he knew there was a north pond or what an alligator looked like. I explained to him, our weather in the winter is much too cold.
Events/competitions Willmar Rifle/Pistol Club M1 Shoot -- Tuesday, July 11 at the Eagle Lake Rifle Range. If rain or wet grounds, shoot will be the following Tuesday. Open to public. $10 non-club members, $8 club members. Includes rifle, ammunition, and targets. For more information, call Larry Cornell at 320-366-3469. Weekly/monthly, etc. Renville Rangers Shooting Club -- Summer hours start May 24. Wednesday and Thursday 6:30-9 p.m., Sunday 1:30-4 p.m. Trap and skeet leagues are also forming for summer. The range is located 1½ miles north of Bird Island on County Road 5.
WILLMAR -- Gregg Helin survived a couple of early bases-loaded jams and went on to throw a two-hitter, leading Bird Island to a 5-1 win over the Willmar Rails in amateur baseball Friday night at Bill Taunton Stadium. The win gave the Islanders a leg up in the Cornbelt South among teams fighting for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league playoffs. Mark Neubauer provided a 2-0 lead for the Islanders in the third. Leading off, No.
Four events are scheduled for Spicer this weekend, part of their annual Fourth of July Celebration. Today, Hoops by the Lake is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sand volleyball begins at 8 a.m. and softball at the Green Lake Diamonds starts at 8 a.m. both days. The Green Lake 12-mile road race, which had a record 240 finishers in 2005, goes off at 8 a.m. Sunday at Saulsbury Beach.
The 76th Lakeland Golf Tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Club is set for July 15-16. Entrants in the 54-hole championship flight will play 27 qualifying holes on Saturday and, after a cut, play 27 more on Sunday. Erik Tone, a member of the Gustavus Adolphus Golf team from Willmar, won the 2005 Lakeland, shooting an eight-under par 208 to win by six strokes over Greg Peterson.
The 151st Batallion of the Minnesota National Guard, from Montevideo, will be honored by the Minnesota Twins before Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers at the Metrodome. The ceremony is part of 'Freedom Week'.
RAYMOND -- The Raymond Rockets continue in an orbit well above the rest of the Cornbelt South amateur baseball. This time the Rockets blasted Granite Falls 10-0 in eight innings on Friday at Lilliberg Field. The win boosted Raymond's record to 11-1 in league games and 19-6 overall. When playoffs start in about three weeks, Raymond will be trying for a repeat visit to Class C state where they were in the final eight last year. The Kilowatts are a young team in a rebuilding mode after years of success with a veteran line-up that won a state title in 2002. They stuck with Raymond through fou
FERGUS FALLS -- After New London-Spicer had taken a 3-0 lead, Fergus Falls plated seven runs in the fourth inning before going on to post a 8-5 win in the opening round of its round-robin tournament Friday. Scott Rambow singled in a run in the first and Jeremy Pickle knocked in two runs with a fourth-inning single to give New London-Spicer an early lead.
Amateur Baseball Raymond 10, Granite Falls 0 Starbuck 10, Sacred Heart 3 Milroy 11, Atwater 1 Bird Island 5, Willmar 1 Legion Baseball Fergus Falls Invite Fergus Falls 8, NL-Spicer 5 VFW Baseball Willmar I 11, Ortonville 5