WILLMAR -- Josh Aslesen scored twice and Dennis Liebchen and Sergio Flores also scored as Willmar handed Brainerd its first loss in boys soccer 4-1 on Saturday. Goal Ethan Vogel made eight saves. He rejected a Brainerd penalty kick in the first half to keep the score 3-1. Vogel is 2-2 squelching penalty kicks so far. Willmar improved to 2-2-1 in the Central Lakes Conference.
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The Willmar Cardinals volleyball team went 0-2 on the first day of the Marshall Invitational Friday, losing to Andover and Eastview by identical 25-13, 25-18 scores. Willmar (3-3) will play Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at 9:30 a.m. today. Complete results will appear in Monday's paper.
LITCHFIELD -- Litchfield committed five turnovers, which Glencoe-Silver Lake converted into 14 straight points en route to a 35-18 win in Wright County Conference football action Friday. The Dragons (0-1, 1-1) drove into GSL territory on their first drive, only to fumble the ball away. The Panthers (1-0, 2-0) scored on the next play, a 65-yard option keeper by quarterback Matt Muenchow. Litchfield took its second possession back into GSL's end of the field and fumbled again, with the same result -- a Muenchow 12-yard touchdown. The Dragons scored all three touchdowns through the air.
Everything was not so good the next morning. In the early morning hours, I was awakened by a terrible itching on my feet and legs. My wife was already up, looking for something to stop her irritation. We had been attacked by chiggers. This was not your usual three or four bites; we had dozens of little red welts that were driving us crazy. I wrote a column a few weeks ago about this very problem. At the time, I was annoyed by a couple of chigger bites and a few deer ticks. One of my Minnesota readers had called me suggesting I swab the area with 10 percent povidone iodine solution.
Events/competitions 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 office will be accepting donations through the beginning of October. There is a trailer located on the south end of the office for storage.
SPICER -- The annual Open House will be Saturday at Sibley State park in conjunction with Prairie Pothole Day at Stoney Ridge Farm just across the road on U.S. Highway 71. No vehicle permit is required during the open house. There will be two programs at the Interpretive Center. Mike Geister will discuss and demonstrate cedar strip canoe building at 10 a.m. He will also have a 17½-foot White Guide canoe on display. Rick Norsten, owner of Rick's Cycling and Sports Center in Willmar, will speak at 1 p.m. on bikes and accessories.
SPICER -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has recently received an option to purchase a 700-foot wide parcel of lake frontage on Kasota Lake in southern Kandiyohi County. This 5.6-acre parcel is adjacent to Kandiyohi County Road 134 and adjoins a 114-foot wide tax forfeit parcel of lake frontage on Kasota Lake. According to Gregg Soupir, DNR Trails and Waterways supervisor at Spicer, the purpose of the proposed acquisition is to provide a public recreation area as well as preserve and manage 800 feet of shoreline as a public water access and aquatic management area. If acquire
The Willmar cross country teams are at Sioux Falls, S.D., at 9:30 a.m. today for The Augustana Meet of Champions. The multi-state field brings in top teams from the Midwest and Great Plains.
The Blue Line Club fundraising dinner and auction and the Willmar Hockey Association registration will be held Monday night at the Civic Center. Registration is from 5-7:30 p.m., the dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the auction at 6:30 p.m. The 1947 state tournament team will also be honored.