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The Pequot Lakes School Board voted unanimously to enter a Minnesota GreenCorps host site agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the 2018-19 school year. The agreement would see the school district host an AmeriCorps member from the Minnesota GreenCorps for a school year, and that member will work with the district to use more environmentally conscious practices.
I love the season, but I always thought the term "March Madness" was a bit excessive. At the end of the day, it is a simple basketball tournament. I know it is an incredibly popular sporting event, and I believe it's usually the most prominent sports-betting event of the year, but "madness?" Really? I feel like that is a term I would reserve for something involving riots in the streets.
The Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously voted Monday, March 20, to name Bill Magnuson the new head coach of the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team. Magnuson, who replaces longtime coach Chip Lohmiller, has served as in assistant coach for the Patriots for the past two years but has roughly 20 years of experience as a head coach for Sauk Rapids-Rice and Windom. He also teaches seventh-grade life science at Pequot Lake Middle School.
The discussion of airport lot sales will continue in Breezy Point, at least for one more month. The board voted 2-1 in favor of putting Lot 42 on Airport Road up for bid - setting the minimum at $15,000. Discussions regarding Lots 46, 47 and 48 were tabled after a motion to sell the three as a package for a minimum of $18,000 failed. Council member Gary Bakken voted against the measure, calling for a lower minimum bid or no minimum bid at all to get the lots developed and on the tax base, and saying a minimum of $15,000 for Lot 42 was "way overpriced."
Nick Ackerman scored 22 points and had nine rebounds, but the No. 6-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers boys basketball team fell 50-34 to the No. 3 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves in the Subsection 5A quarterfinals Thursday, March 8. The Tigers found themselves down by just one point at 16-15 in a low-scoring first half.
Zach Sjoblad had 17 points and Chase Larson added 16 as the Patriots topped Aitkin 70-41 in a South Subsection 7-2A postseason victory Tuesday, March 6. --- --- --- --- --- KLICK! Photo Gallery - 200 photos! Pequot Lakes Boys Basketball vs. Aitkin - South Subsection 7-2A Klick here to view!
We Minnesota sports fans are used to disappointment, from great teams like this past year's Vikings getting blown out when it matters most to poor teams like the 103-loss Twins of 2016 failing to live up to our already bottom-basement expectations. So it probably should have come as no surprise when the Timberwolves - in midst of their best season this decade - lost all-star guard Jimmy Butler to a knee injury with 20 games left to play in the regular season.
Regardless of religious affiliation, I feel like giving up something for Lent would be beneficial for anyone willing to commit and challenge themselves. Being Catholic, I understand the purpose behind the practice is to represent the sacrifices of Jesus; but looking inward, I feel like the Lenten practice can act as an easier form of New Year's resolutions.
The Tiger girls basketball team is currently 17-8 overall and is preparing for a postseason run beginning next week, based on the success they have found on both ends of the court. One aspect of the team's success has been its post game, thanks in part to the efforts of junior post players Alyssa Semmler and Gabby Rainwater. "Defensively and offensively, they have been huge for us," coach Randy Schwegel said. "Without them, we are an entirely different team."
The Patriots will be officially represented by a new team next year. The Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously agreed Monday, Feb. 12, to add clay target as a school-sponsored spring sport, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. A club-sponsored Pequot Lakes trap shooting team has existed for several years, with the team dependent on fundraising and volunteerism.