WALKER— The annual International Eelpout Festival is scheduled Feb. 21-24 on Leech Lake in front of Chase on the Lake in Walker. "The festival is known for providing a mid-winter respite for the many hearty Midwesterners looking for an outlet during a long Minnesota winter," organizers stated in a news release. "At the center of the Eelpout Festival is the long-held tradition of angling the world's only true gamefish and one of the ugliest bottom dwelling catches out there—the eelpout."
Crow Wing Power is offering a free trip to Washington D.C. for three high school juniors. The tour is June 15-20. More than 1,000 students from around the nation attend the tour, sponsored by electric cooperatives. Interested high school juniors simply need to go to www.cwpower.com and go to "News/Events," click on the link Washington Youth Tour and fill out the information required. Juniors will be asked to write a "fictitious" letter to any political leader focusing on one topic important to them.
With yet another snowfall adding to the accumulating base, this winter is becoming a snow sport enthusiast's favorite and a snow shoveler's dilemma on just where to put it all.
Pequot Lakes senior Olivia Lane and Crosby-Ironton senior Shyanne Loiland made the list of 32 prep girls basketball players in consideration for Miss Basketball. The award is presented annually by the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association to a player the committee deems as the top senior in the state. The finalists will be announced March 17 with a winner to be crowned April 12 in Northfield as part of the All-Star Weekend and banquet. The award criteria include basketball ability, coachability, leadership, character and school/community service.
PEQUOT LAKES—Jordan Schommer turned in a game-high 23 points for the Pequot Lakes Patriots who avenged an earlier loss to Detroit Lakes defeating the Lakers 80-67 in Mid-State Conference action Monday, Feb. 11. Schommer netted 17 first-half points for the Patriots, who trailed 41-36 at the break. After falling behind by 10 five minutes into the second half, Pequot began its comeback led by Bode Magnuson who scored nine of his 11 points in the second half and Tyler Manley who tallied eight of his 10 points after the break. Sean Ryan finished with 10 points.
PINE RIVER—Riley Hirschey scored a game-high 25 points for the Pine River-Backus Tigers who outscored the Laporte Wildcats 92-24 in a Northwoods Conference game Monday, Feb. 11. Bailey Wynn contributed 19 points, seven steals and five assists for the Tigers who have won nine straight and are 8-0 in the conference, 15-4 overall. Sidney Lodge finished with 13 points and Gabby Rainwater scored 10. Alyssa Semmler posted team highs with 13 rebounds and six blocks and Emma Barchus led the team with seven assists. Laporte 15 9—24
The Granite City Lumberjacks trailed 1-0, but scored the next five goals in a 5-1 win over the Breezy Point North Stars in North American3 junior hockey action Saturday, Feb. 9. Dustin Sadler's goal in the opening minutes put Breezy Point ahead before Granite City rallied for a 3-1 lead going into the second period. The Lumberjacks' rally was sparked by Hunter Schwehr, who combined for two goals and two assists. Winning netminder Matt Fitzgerald had 21 saves while the North Stars' Jacob MacLennan turned aside 26 shots.
Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, has been appointed to serve as a member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, and Subcommittee on Aviation.
On Friday, 76 legislators from the Minnesota House and Senate sent a bipartisan letter to Gov. Tim Walz urging support for the Line 3 replacement pipeline project, and to drop state-backed legal challenges to the unanimous decision by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to grant the certificate of need for the project.
The Central Lakes College baseball team will be hosting a hitting and a pitching/catching academy this winter. The hitting academy will run from noon to 1:45 p.m. on Sundays Feb. 17, 24 and March 3, while the pitching/catching academy will run from 2-3:45 p.m. on those same days at the Central Lakes College gymnasium. The cost for the hitting academy is $85, while the pitching/catching academy is $40.