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The final numbers haven't been crunched yet but preliminary estimates indicate that last weekend's Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic generated about $30,000 for local charities. "It was a great day for the fishermen, the crowd and the charities," said tournament coordinator Bob Fitzgerald. The event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, was won by a pair of veteran local anglers - Bob Strand and Dave Hanson.
A trio of Cass Lake-Bena golfers began their state tournament experiences Wednesday at Pebble Creek in Becker. In the Class A girls division, Ann Aitken shot 43-47-90 and enters today's action tied for 12th in the 87-girl field. Kelsey Ross of Osakis took the individual first-day lead as the junior shot 36-39-75. A distant second at 40-40-80 was Kathryn Kennedy of Providence Academy. In the boys division, Dakotah Brunelle is tied for 26th with a 40-42-82.
Meg Phelps shot 42-48-90 Wednesday in the final round of the state Class AAA golf tournament held at Bunker Hills and the Bemidji junior finished her first experience at the state meet with rounds of 89-90-179. "Everything went very well," said BHS coach Jeff Nelson. Phelps agreed with her coach's assessment. "I had a good two days," she said.
Mike Hruza was raised in the woods and on the water and even as a youngster he knew that his perfect profession would involve those environments. "When I was in high school I wrote in my senior yearbook that I wanted to be a game warden," Hruza said. And for 24 years and four days that's what Hruza was. "Many of the new COs (conservation officers) consider it a job but for me it was a lifestyle," Hruza, who retired a few weeks ago, said. "For all these years I was Mike the game warden. But now I'm not.
Mike Brumbaugh of Roseville was the first solo male to cross the finish line at Saturday's Chippewa Triathlon in Cass Lake. Brumgaugh completed the course, which features canoeing, biking and running, in 5:06.43. A distant second in the solo men's division was Craig Rudd of Plymouth who finished in 5:26.20. In the men's doubles division, the team headed by David Nelson of Medicine Lake was the overall winner in 5:02.47. Al Shuros and his partner of St.
The Bemidji VFW baseball team began its season with a pair of road victories Monday as it swept Perham 9-0 and 10-9. The Vets are scheduled to make their home debut Thursday when they host Fergus Falls in a 4 p.m. doubleheader at BSU. "It was a good opener for us," said VFW coach Brad Johnson about the trip to Perham. "We did some unexpected things including hitting a home run and having Trent Baker throw a 2-hitter." The home run came in the first game when Drew Peterson belted a 3-run shot in the sixth inning.
Meg Phelps carded a 43-46-89 Tuesday during the first round of the 36-hole girls state Class AAA golf tournament at the par 36-37-73 Bunker Hills Golf Course. "For her first round of the state meet, Meg played well," said Bemidji golf coach Jeff Nelson. "Before the round I thought the best we could hope for was about an 86 so an 89 is a very good score." Phelps, a junior, putted 36 times during her 18 holes. Her round included seven 1-putts but also five 3-putts and a 4-putt. The 89 puts Phelps in a tie for 43rd in the 88-player field.
Tyler Follis belted a 2-run round-tripper in the sixth inning to power the Bemidji Legion team to a 9-7 win over Nisswa in the second game of Monday's doubleheader in Nisswa. The home team took Monday's opener 12-2. Tuesday the Legion stopped Roseau 10-3 in the first game of a scheduled home doubleheader.
The Bemidji baseball team finished the year 13-9 and, considering the makeup of the team, coach Mike Fogelson was pleased with the season's results. "Of course we wanted to extend the season all the way to the state tournament but I'm very happy with the way the kids played," Fogelson said. "We had mostly younger kids in the lineup and, rightfully so, they received a ton of playing time which helped them develop." The Lumberjacks will lose three seniors who saw extended playing time, Matt Hietala, Josh Kane and Paul Voss.
Scott Engelstad has seen the Minnesota hunting seasons come and go during the past 17 years.