In approximately a month, the bluebirds will be returning from their southern migration. They come back earlier than most birds that return to our area and they expect things to be ready when they get here. Each year, I build a few more bird houses, and each year, we have more bluebirds. At this time of year, it is important to clean out the houses from previous years. At this stage in my life, the hardest part is remembering where I put them. Some days, I think I could hide my own Easter eggs. A neighbor of mine draws a map and numbers his houses.
MONTEVIDEO -- Clean Up the River Environment recognized the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative for its success story in reducing both the nitrogen and phosphorus that can pollute local waters. The organization honored the cooperative with its first ever "good business award'' at its annual meeting on Feb. 11 in Montevideo, according to a new release. The Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative and its producers have been successfully working to reduce the amount of nitrogen applied to fields.
Events/competitions Belgian Waffle Feed/Fishing Seminars -- The Willmar Area Chapter of Let's Go Fishing will serve Dad's Belgian waffles from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Willmar Senior Citizen's Center. Professional walleye fisherman Pete Harsh will speak from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Denny Pluimer will speak on northern pike and bass fishing from noon-1:30 p.m. Adults $8, seniors 65 and over and ages 6 to 12 $6, children 5 and under are free. Weekly/monthly, etc. Willmar Rifle and Pistol Range -- Lower level of city auditorium; non-mag. handgun, rimfire rifle. 6:30-9 p.m.
Willmar hosts the Section 2AAA wrestling meet today at the high school. Willmar, the No. 6 seed, will meet No. 11 Chaska at 10 a.m. in the first round. Also competing in the one-day team tournament is Wayzata, Mankato West, Buffalo, Shakopee, Prior Lake, New Ulm, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Hutchinson.
Friday's scheduled Willmar girls basketball game at Bemidji was cancelled because Bemidji did not have school due to the cold weather.
Willmar competes today in the Section 8AA gymnastics meet at Elk River. The meet is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Benson hosts the Section 6A gymnastics meet, beginning at 11 a.m. Area teams competing are Benson/KMS, New London-Spicer, Paynesville, Litchfield and Morris.
Boys Basketball Minnewaska 74, Paynesville 54 New London-Spicer 75, St. Cloud Cathedral 51 BBE 62, Kimball 48 Morris 67, BOLD 53 YME 71, LQPV 64 Windom 76, Redwood Valley 58 Montevideo 59, Benson 57 Girls Basketball GFW 63, BL-Hector 54 Benson 62, Hancock 55 Wrestling Section 5A Semifinals EV-Watkins 32, Paynesville 21 ACGC 62, BBE 6 Championship ACGC 39, EVW 12
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE New London-Spicer vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Yellow Medicine East at Pipestone, 5:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Little Falls at Litchfield, 2:30 p.m. Yellow Medicine East at Pipestone, 4 p.m. Wrestling Section 4A SEMIFINALS, FINAL TODAY At Dawson-Boyd 5. Canby vs. Minneota, 1 p.m. 6. YME vs. Dawson-Boyd, 1 p.m. 7. Winner-5 vs. Winner-6, 3 p.m. Section 7AA MATCHES TODAY At Little Falls Quarterfinals 2. Pequot Lakes vs. Little Falls, noon 3. Fergus Falls vs.
HECTOR -- A seven-point Buffalo Lake-Hector lead evaporated in the second half as Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop stormed past the Mustangs 63-54 on Friday in Tomahawk Conference girls basketball. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop tightened its defense in the second half after Leah Ashburn put up 17 points and center Alyssa Kubesh 15 in the first 18 minutes. But the pair combined for only nine points the rest of the way as the Mustangs were outscored 29-13 after intermission. Freshman forward Abby Busch scored 18 points to lead the Thunderbirds.
BELGRADE -- Matt McCleary netted 20 points and Darren Braegelman posted a double-double Friday to lead Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa to a 62-48 win over Central Minnesota Conference rival Kimball. The Jaguars shot only 35 percent (22-for-63) from the field, but they owned a 37-22 advantage in rebounds.