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My dad always said that "It takes a big person to admit when they're wrong." Well, I admit that 25 years ago I was part of a sports staff at the Brainerd Dispatch that made a mistake. The week before the kickoff event in the winter of 1991, we heard there was a new ice fishing tournament on Gull Lake that had the potential to be big. After a lengthy discussion, a decision was made not to cover the first Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. I don't remember the exact reason.
Cam Christiansen enjoys cross country skiing and also shooting at the rifle range. The 17-year-old Pequot Lakes resident is able to combine both those activities in the sport of Biathlon,...
The lakes area will be represented at this week’s annual Winter X Games in Alpen, Colo., an series of winter events covered by ESPN TV scheduled for Jan. 22-26. In...
Zach Struss scored 22 points and Hank Raph added 20 as the Pine River-Backus Tigers boys' basketball team dominated the Northland-Remer Eagles 74-39 on Friday, Jan. 16. Konrad Bueckers added 14 points for the Tigers. PR-B cruised to a commanding 39-14 halftime lead against the Eagles. "We shot the ball well against Northland," said PR-B coach John Riewer. "However, we have to do a better job of taking care of the ball. It was a much needed win after a tough loss at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (Jan. 15.)." In a home game against Verndale on Jan.
The Pine River-Backus boys' basketball team suffered its first Northland Conference loss when they lost at Nevis 57-43 on Friday, Jan. 9. Henry Krecklau led PR-B with 12 points while teammate Zach Struss added 10 against Nevis, which improves to 5-1 in the conference and 9-1 overall. The Tigers did enjoy a 29-25 rebounding edge as Struss had a team-high six. PR-B's Tony Pederson had five blocks.
Madison Galligan stopped all 15 shots she faced to lead Northern Lakes past the Eveleth-Gilbert Bears 3-0 in a non-conference game on Thursday, Jan. 8. Bella Abear netted two goals and defenseman Hannah Zimmerman added another for the Lightning, who assumed a 1-0 lead on Abear's short-handed goal at 12:20 of the middle period. "It's always a great experience playing the Hippodrome in Eveleth," said Northern Lakes coach Kristen Harsha. "It was an all-around team effort, and our lines were really working well together.
Joe Haeg has played a huge role in helping the North Dakota State University Bison football team make history. The NDSU junior offensive lineman, a Lake Shore resident who attended Nisswa Elementary School before graduating from Brainerd High School, has been a three-year starter with the Bison and helped the team win its record fourth straight Division I national championship on Saturday, Jan. 10. Haeg, who started the past two years on the right side of the Bison offensive line, was switched over to left tackle this season.
It hasn't been easy being a long-time fan of the four major professional sports teams in Minnesota, but the optimist in this columnist predicts that maybe 2015 will bring more success with young rosters pointing to a better future for the Vikings, Wild Timberwolves and Twins. With the exception of the Minnesota Lynx women's basketball team that claimed WNBA league titles in 2011 and 2013, a Minnesota professional team has not won a title since the Twins captured the World Series trophy in 1991. Minnesota's four professional teams have each made occasional postseason appearances, and have com
The Pine River-Backus Tigers boys' basketball team's five-game winning streak ended on Saturday, Jan. 3, with a 53-40 loss to Bertha-Hewitt. Hank Raph, Konrad Bueckers and Henry Krecklau all scored nine points for the Tigers. Zach Struss did grab nine rebounds while Bueckers had four steals. "We lost to a very disciplined basketball team in Bertha-Hewitt," PR-B head coach John Riewer said of the Bears, who improved to 6-3. "(B-H) made the plays they needed to win. We failed to shoot the basketball with any consistency.
After two Northern Lakes' wins, the Sun Prairie (Wis.) Cougars handed the Lightning their first loss in Red Division play at the Schwan's Cup girls' hockey tournament on Saturday, Jan. 3, in Blaine. The Lightning were 2-1 in the tournament and tied for second place in the six-team Red Division. Northern Lakes opened the tournament with a 7-3 victory of the St. Paul Blades and a 5-2 win over Marshall. An individual milestone was attained when Mariah Reed scored in the second period against St. Paul for her 100th career point.