Thursday, February 24, 2011

Great win tonight for the WCA Knights girls basketball team, 65-36 over Minnewaska Area

Action from the final minute of the first half between West Central Area and Minnewaska Area in non-conference girls basketball action on February 24 at MAHS gymnasium. WCA led 32-19 at halftime.

In the final 20 seconds of the clip below, WCA senior Marissa Skinnemoen slices through the lane for a quick basket with just over 3 minutes left before halftime.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Warriors girls basketball gets the #8 seed, hosts playoff opener on Monday, Feb. 28

The Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Warriors girls basketball team will host a playoff opener on Monday, February 28, when #9-seed Henning travels to Wheaton for a 7:00pm game. The Hornets are 8-15 overall and went 4-8 in the Park Region Conference.

Here's the seedings for Sub-Section 6A-South in girls basketball:
1 - Hancock
2 - Parkers Prairie
3 - Underwood
4 - Hillcrest Lutheran Academy
5 - Battle Lake
6 - Brandon/Evansville
7 - B-B-E
8 - Wheaton/Herman-Norcross
9 - Henning
10 - Clinton/Graceville/Beardsley
11 - Ashby

Monday, February 21, 2011

Exhibitors are sought for the 2011 Pope County Community Expo

The first annual Pope County Community Expo is coming on Saturday, April 2. The event, sponsored by the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Minnewaska Area High School from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

The Expo will include business, health, and family-oriented groups that will showcase their products and services to the public. It will have interactive demonstrations, entertainment, and educational opportunities to assist individuals at all stages of life with everyday, real-life situations such as healthy living, environmental/agricultural issues, sports/recreation, leisure, volunteer efforts, home improvement, gardening, nature, and historical topics.

Exhibitors are actively being sought for the big event, which will be advertised on Alexandria and Glenwood radio stations, as well as the Pope County Tribune, Starbuck Times, Classy Canary, Senior Perspectives, and the Herman-Hoffman Tribune.

Reduced registration fees will be given to home and part-time businesses, artists, crafters, independent sales consultants, churches, educational facilities, city/county/state offices and services, as well as non-profit, fraternal, and service organizations.

The deadline for exhibitors to register is March 4, 2011. Registration forms can be found online at They can be mailed out as well by calling the Chamber office at (320) 634-3636 or by e-mail at .

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pop quiz ... what's worse...

What's worse, a "family values Republican" Congressman who cheats on his wife and destroys the trust of his family? Or a gay couple in a committed relationship wishing to have the right to marry and have a family?

Read this, it will shock you:

WCA's girls basketball team has 6-game winning streak come to an end vs. Hawley on Tuesday

WCA's girls basketball team had their 6-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday night, falling to a 15-3 Hawley team 58-36. The Knights are now 8-10 overall.

They look to rebound tonight with a home contest against neighboring rival Breckenridge. Tip-off for the varsity contest is at 7:30pm, in a huge sub-section match up that the Knights have to win. Show up and cheer on your Knights!

Two families in northern Kandiyohi County near New London-Spicer lose their homes to fires

Read about the fires at this West Central Tribune article, published today, February 10:

I know it’s a pain in the butt to do so, but I always make a pass or two around the house with the snowblower. Keeping in mind that tragic day that could happen when a crew of firefighters need to get to the rear side of the structure. Plus, when I make the passes with the snowblower, I always eye-ball the outlets for the dryer and the furnace to make sure they are clear.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

For sale: 2008 Polaris 800 Dragon snowmobile

2008 Polaris 800 Dragon snowmobile.
155" track. 1600 miles. $5800 or best offer. Call (320) 815-1798.

Senator Franken: Minnesota dairy industry shouldn't be subject to excessive fines, regulations

Last week, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) cosponsored a bipartisan bill that would protect dairy producers and processors from excessive fines. The legislation would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize a rule to exempt milk storage facilities from repetitive, costly Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations and prevent it from fining or enforcing compliance penalties against producers and processors until they do.

“Minnesota’s dairy farmers and processors play a very important role in our state’s economy and shouldn’t be subject to excessive fines or to unnecessary regulations that hurt their competitiveness,” said Sen. Franken. “This bill restores some common sense to this regulatory process by requiring the EPA to quickly end this excessive over-regulation of our dairy industry and protects our farmers from fines until it has done so.”

Currently the EPA administers the SPCC program under the Clean Water Act to prevent discharges of oil into waterways. Because the EPA considers milk to be a non-petroleum oil due to its butterfat content, facilities handling milk, including dairy farms, may be subject to regulation under SPCC because of their milk storage capacity. In January 2009, the EPA suggested correcting this ill-advised consequence for the dairy industry but no final ruling has been made. The SPCC regulations are considered repetitive and unnecessary because milk handling operations are already subject to FDA regulation under the Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO), including licensing and regular facility inspections.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Winter takes its toll in a serious way on a Glenwood business

Half of the roof of Wagner Hardware store in downtown Glenwood collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, February 1.