LITTLE FALLS -- The Willmar Cardinals extended their winning streak to seven games, but nothing came easy Friday night at Little Falls. The Flyers pushed the Cardinals all the way before succumbing 59-56 in a Central Lakes Conference game that also is big in Section 8AAA-South seeding. The Cardinals led 27-25 at halftime and fell behind by a point at several times in the second half.
ATWATER -- When the section tournament gets down to the final four, it's supposed to be a little tougher for the favorite. But the Atwater-Grove City-Cosmos Falcons made it look easy on their own mats. In two wins Friday night, they rolled up 114 points, while losing only five of 28 individual matches. The defending Section 5A champions dispatched Eden Valley-Watkins 57-12 in the semifinals and then rolled to a 57-6 win over Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted in the championship. It will be ACGC's fourth straight trip to St. Paul for the team state tournament, which starts on Feb. 28.
NEW ULM -- A campaign to enroll additional lands in the Minnesota River basin into the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is enlisting the help of a photographer whose passion for the watershed is well known. Ron Bolduan, New Ulm, has devoted himself to photographing the natural beauty of the Minnesota River watershed since 1992.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public information meeting on a proposed fish and wildlife lake management plan for Lake Wakanda on Feb. 26. The meeting will be held at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, Room 30, from 7-9 p.m. According to LeRoy Dahlke, DNR area wildlife manager at Willmar, the goal of the plan is to reduce carp and bullhead populations, manage game fish populations and improve waterfowl habitat by improving water quality and submerged aquatic vegetation.
When a person's children are grown, and they get past the stage of not wanting to be seen in public places with their parents, a strong bond grows that can be quite special. My sons and I have become friends, when I no longer have to be the parent. My older son and I decided to take up a new sport about two years ago. It would be a special thing we could do together. Some people golf or fish together. Others trap shoot or go hiking. We decided we would strap para-gliders on our backs and jump off mountains.
Events/competitions PWELC Winter Fun Day -- Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center invites the public to Winter Fun Day from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Environmental Learning Center near Spicer. PWELC staff has put together a variety of winter activities for people of all ages. Trails and ponds will be open for cross country skiing and snowshoeing (snow conditions permitting). Two-hour rentals of cross country skis and snowshoes will be provided for $2.
The Camden vs. West Central South Conference Boys Basketball Challenge is today in Clara City. Four teams from the Camden North Conference and four teams from the West Central South Conference will play against each other for bragging rights. There will also be a three-point shooting contest. See pairings in Scoresheet on Page B-2.
The Willmar Cardinals will try and build momentum going into the playoffs when they host Sauk Rapids at 7:15 p.m. tonight in a Central Lakes Conference boys hockey make-up game. The Cardinals go to Fergus Falls on Tuesday for the Section 4A playoffs.
The Willmar Cardinals' bid for the state tournament today at the Section 2AAA wrestling meet at Minnetonka High School. Willmar has a bye to the quarterfinals where it will meet New Ulm at noon. If they win, they would advance to the 4 p.m. semifinals. The 2AAA individuals are scheduled for Feb. 23-24 at Eden Prairie.
Boys Basketball McLeod West 61, Buffalo Lake-Hector 52 Redwood Valley 92, Windom 85 New London-Spicer 81, St.