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Family and friends of Pequot Lakes senior Olivia Lane gathered in the Patriot Athletic Center on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to watch the 6-foot-2-inch forward sign a letter of intent to play basketball at the collegiate level for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks. "UND just gave me that sense of home," Lane said. "The coaches really welcomed me, and it just felt like a family. That was a big thing for me ... I love the program and how that team plays. It just fits my style."
Plenty of awards and thank-yous were given at the Pequot Lakes football team's year-end banquet on Monday, Nov. 12, but the coaching staff wanted to give extra attention to the 12 players who now part ways with the team. "You led us," head coach Bill Magnuson told his senior athletes. "You did exactly what we asked and you did it with passion. You did it with love for each other. You built this family and kept us together. That is character."
The winter sports season begins this week, as the Northern Lakes girls hockey team began competitive play on Tuesday, Nov. 13. This new season is the Lightning's second under head coach Breanna Sheley. The team finished with an overall record of 9-16, but exceeded expectations in conference play. Sheley called the season one her athletes can grow from.
Voters elected newcomers Dena Moody and Tracy Wallin to the Pequot Lakes School Board, while Derrek Johnson was the only incumbent re-elected to the board. Moody, who served as an educator for 46 years, received the highest number of votes among the five candidates, having 2,408 ballots (20.94 percent) cast in her name. "I'm honored to have been elected to the ISD 186 School Board," Moody said. "My sincere thanks to all who have supported and encouraged me during my campaign, especially my husband, Kris, and my son, Kurt."
Pequot Lakes seventh-grader Calia Chaney finished the course in 19 minutes, 46.2 seconds to finish 32nd on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the State Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. "Calia started out a little faster than she wanted," coach Jeff Brever said. "She was in the top five after the first 200 meters. Calia came out of the gate with adrenaline running and the mindset to run her fastest race of the year. Chaney ran her first mile in 5:51 and was in 13th place. Her second mile was in 6:33. With about 800 meters to go, she was in 28th place.
Scott Goddard, current captain of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, has been elected the department's newest sheriff. With all precincts reporting, the Ideal Township resident tallied 16,477 votes, good enough for 54.17 percent of the total vote. He beat out opponent and sheriff's deputy Pat Pickar, who received 13,818 votes (45.43 percent). There were 121 write-in votes submitted.
School employees, teachers and members of the public gathered Thursday, Oct. 25, at Pequot Lakes High School to hear from the five individuals seeking election to three seats on the Pequot Lakes School Board. Incumbents Brandon Andersen, Derrek Johnson and Valarie Wallin were joined by Tracy Wallin and Dena Moody on the stage of the high school auditorium to answer questions from moderator Angie Klein on the needs and challenges facing the school district.
After two consecutive years with a solid deer harvest in the lakes area, the Department of Natural Resources sees no reason why that would change in 2018. "I would expect - especially around our area - that the deer numbers will be up and folks will have lots of opportunities to harvest deer," said Christine Reisz, area wildlife supervisor for the Brainerd DNR office.
Cale Wolf passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns but the No. 4-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots were outscored 53-33 by the top-seeded Perham Yellowjackets in the Section 8-3A semifinals Saturday, Oct. 27.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots saw their season come to an end on Saturday, Oct. 27, as they fell to the No. 1-seed Perham Yellowjackets in the Section 8-3A semifinals. The Patriots finish the season with an overall record of 5-5.