College Football Ridgewater 28, Rainy River 16 College Volleyball Ridgewater def. Eastfield 30-21, 30-20, 30-19 Prep Volleyball Renville County West def. Redwood Valley 26-24, 25-21, 16-25, 25-27, 15-12 Ashby Invite Benson def. Campbell-Tintah/Fairmont 25-22, 25-22 Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross def. Benson 25-20, 23-25 Benson def. CTF 25-17, 25-23 (Final) Chokio-Alberta def. Benson 25-23, 25-21 Girls Tennis Litchfield 4, Benson 3 Cross Country Milaca Mega Meet CLASS A BOYS (1) Adrian 156 (2) Eveleth-Gilbert 175 (3) Fairmont 188 (4) St.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite not feeling like they performed as well as they could, the Willmar boys cross country team outshined a strong field at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday at Les Boldstad Golf Course. Willmar, rated No. 1 in Class AA and No. 5 in the nation, proved it could run among the elite with an impressive 24-point victory. Willmar senior Abdi Awale, rated No. 5 in Class AA, had the highest finish for the Cardinals, placing 12th in 16:32. Top-ranked Hassan Mead of Minneapolis South was the individual boys' winner in a time of 15:48.15. Kaafi Adeys, a senior ranked No.
Blake Hagert, a 5-10, 200-pound linebacker for the Ridgewater Warriors, was selected MCCC Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week in Week 4. In a 27-7 loss to unbeaten Vermilion at Ely, the sophomore out of Redwood Valley High School registered 14 tackles and an interception.
LITCHFIELD -- Litchfield won its 11th straight homecoming game, edging Orono 30-22 in Wright County Conference action on a wet Friday night. The Dragons (2-1, 3-1) stopped Orono twice in the last four minutes to preserve the win. The first was in Litchfield territory on fourth down and five yards to go. The Dragons had to punt on their possession, then were able to hold off Orono in the final seconds. Dragons quarterback Kent Johnson was responsible for all four touchdowns, passing for one and running in the other three.
ALEXANDRIA -- Doubtless, the Willmar Cardinals will collectively look back on this Central Lakes Conference tilt as the one that got away. Two lost fumbles and a penalty crushed Willmar's chances for its first win against Alexandria since the turn of the century. Alexandria turned one fumble into a touchdown drive and gratefully accepted the penalty to overturn a Willmar touchdown on the way to a 17-13 victory on a second straight rainy Friday evening. The turning point came early in the fourth quarter.
By Celeste Beam Alexandria Echo Press ALEXANDRIA -- When 6-year-old Isaiah Jergenson of Willmar was fishing on Lake Carlos, the catch he reeled in was not what he was expecting. At first glance, the yellow-bellied fish was thought to be a larger-than-average sunfish -- a real prize winner, his family thought. But it was soon realized that the fish Isaiah reeled in -- with some help from his sister -- was no ordinary fish. It certainly was not native to Minnesota's waters, noted Sharon Jergenson, Isaiah's grandmother, who is also from Willmar. Isaiah and Sharon, along with several other f
ST. PAUL -- The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission recently awarded $1 million from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to Pheasants Forever and partners in Minnesota. This NAWCA grant will fund Phase I of a multi-year initiative to restore and enhance breeding and migratory habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife.
Events/competitions Little Crow Ducks Unlimited Banquet -- Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m. at the Spicer American Legion. For more information or tickets, call Chad Lien at 320-796-6916 or Jim Lohn at 320-354-4561. Seed donations -- If individuals are raking up acorns, walnuts, ash or other seed this fall in their yards, please consider donating it to the Willmar Forestry Office rather than throwing it away. The seed will be used for forestry plantings on private land. The forestry office is located at 4566 State Highway 71 Suite #1, Willmar, MN 56201.
The pond (or lake) on my farm is part of a flood control project. It is designed to hold large amounts of water when we have sudden downpours or several inches of rain over several days. At normal pool, it holds 26 acres of water. This can be increased to over 60 acres over a few short hours during a torrential rain.
The Central Lakes Conference girls' tennis meet that was scheduled to be held today has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The tournament will not be made up.