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The Pine River-Backus Tiger football team fought through injuries, but fell to the Warroad Warriors on Friday, Sept. 8, by a score of 34-13. "I saw a gutsy effort by a kind of undermanned team today," coach Tom Demars said. "I'm really proud of the way they stepped up to the challenge. They played their hearts out the whole game, in spite of our position. We finished the game with 12 guys who could play." Austin Rateike ran for both Tiger touchdowns in a Pine River-Backus 34-13 loss to the Warroad Warriors Friday in a Northwest Subdistrict East game.
Corporate sponsorship has leaked into just about every facet of professional sports. Words cannot express how much I hate that. I recently purchased a T-shirt from a clothing line called "Naming Wrongs." It's a light blue shirt with big red letters that just say "I miss the Metrodome." I don't actually miss the Metrodome. That stadium was kind of a dump long before the roof collapsed. What I do miss is the name "Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome."
I've written about our cats before, but it's been a couple of years so allow me a quick recap. Shortly after we got married three years ago, my wife and I adopted Luna, a roughly 2-year-old cat that strayed into my in-laws' neighbor's yard. To our surprise, she was a few weeks pregnant when we adopted her, and soon after we welcomed seven kittens into our two-bedroom apartment.
PEQUOT LAKES—For nearly two decades, the Lonesome Cottage Furniture Co. has built and sold log furniture in Pequot Lakes. A few years after Brandon and Jill Andersen purchased the company, it became the largest rustic furniture maker in the country, but keeps its focus in the lakes area.
Karl Eckhardt's first official race was a motocross event in Bemidji in the early 1980s. From there, it became a passion for him. More than 35 years later, he has no plans to give up his passion, although now it is in a car instead of on a dirt bike. "I started at a young age, and I really enjoy it," Eckhardt said. "It's like a disease, and I don't know if you'd call it a good or bad disease. It gets into your system and you can't get rid of it. Once you get hooked, you are a motorhead for life."
Nathan Traut scored three touchdowns - one of them on defense - as the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team overwhelmed the Staples-Motley Cardinals 52-0 on Thursday, Aug. 31. "We came firing," Traut said. "We always started slow last season, but tonight we came out firing." Traut rushed for two touchdowns before returning an interception nearly 50 yards for the score in the third quarter. The Patriots also had touchdowns from quarterback Blake Lane, receiver Zach Sjoblad, fullback Calvin Maske and running back Bode Magnuson.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team kicked off the 2017 season with a 3-1 victory over the Brainerd Warriors on Thursday, Aug. 24. It was the team's third consecutive victory over Brainerd. The Patriots won their three sets by scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-17, while losing the third set by a score of 25-18. "We looked like we have some experience on the court, which is nice," head coach Chris Ganley said. "They rebounded after they lost that third game, and the seniors kind of pulled them together, along with Britt Kratochvil."
In its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 21, the Pequot Lakes School Board approved the hiring of Heidi Hagen as the district's new business manager. "She comes to us with 15 years of finance and banking experience, in business banking and loan administration, along with about five years working at a manager level in hospice and senior care work," superintendent Chris Lindholm said in his report to the board. "She is looking forward to getting back into the finance end, which what she is passionate about, so we are excited to welcome her on board."
After a senior-heavy season last fall, the Pequot Lakes Patriot tennis team will look to some different faces to carry the team in 2016. The Patriots finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 15-7 and a Mid-State Conference record of 5-1.
In a work session Monday, Aug. 14, the Pequot Lakes School Board had a roundtable discussion of the district's strategic plan and vision for the future. The board was informed that an acceptable number of students - 60 to 80 percent, depending on the subject - were meeting state standards, but the need for personalized learning plans for individual students continues to be a necessity.