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Over the past few weeks, I have seen the red line on the thermometer below zero more times than I would like to admit. It has been so bad that when the temperature is actually in the teens and 20s, I find myself grabbing the mail or doing simple chores in my garage without putting a coat on, despite the fact the weather is still well below freezing. But even in these freezing temperatures, I have noticed something that, for some reason, surprises me a little: People in the area sure like to be outside when it is this cold.
Brady Raph registered 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they took down the Blackduck Drakes 64-55 Tuesday, Feb. 12. Torry Hirschey added 15 points for the Tigers while Nathaniel Wosmek had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Northland Conference game. Blackduck 21 34—55 Pine River-Backus 35 29—64 BLACKDUCK Quinn Mckeeman 4, Dylan Moen 12, Shawn O'Brien 3, Isiah Sheldrup 3, Ethan Merrill 14, Dayne Savich 1, Kobe Arp 16, Sawyer Nendick 2. FG 19-59 (32 percent), FT 14-20 (70 percent). 3-point 3-11 (27 percent).
Olivia Lane scored 30 points for the Pequot Lakes Patriots as they defeated the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders 66-57 Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Patriots had a comfortable lead early in the second half, but that lead dwindled to just six points shortly after Lane took a hand to her face, sidelining her for several minutes. However, the team managed to hang on for the victory, hitting key free throws late in the game.
In its Monday, Feb. 11, meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board agreed to hire six new staff members for the 2019-20 school year to counter a projected enrollment increase. The board first approved hiring four new teachers - one for language arts, science, math and Spanish - for the middle and high schools. The action passed unanimously. Board members then voted on hiring for two High Reliability Schools coaching positions. The motion passed 6-1, with board member Dena Moody voting against the measure, citing a lack of clarity on the necessity of the two positions.
Jordan Schommer paced Pequot Lakes with 25 points as the Patriots defeated the Greenway Raiders 76-55 in a Section 7-2A matchup Friday, Feb. 8. "The first six minutes were kind of rough," the senior guard said. "We didn't come out that strong. After that, we really picked it up on defense, and that turned into easy offense." Despite the Patriots having a 20-point lead at the half, Greenway picked up momentum at the start of the second half, pulling to within six points. However, Pequot Lakes regained the upper hand in the final 10 minutes to cruise to a victory.
Northern Lakes goalie Adler Hoagland scored a rare goal in the Lightning's 4-3 win over the Lake of the Woods Bears in a non-conference matchup Tuesday, Feb. 5. Hoagland deflected a LOW pass from behind his goal that went across the rink into the LOW empty net with 2:37 left to play. The Bears had pulled their goalie in the closing minutes while trailing 3-2.
Snowmobile clubs play a pivotal role in the area during the winter months, primarily in their preparation and grooming of snowmobile trails. However, membership numbers are declining, and few active members are individuals in their 20s or 30s. A new club hopes to ignite a new generation's interest in the activity as the 10,000 Lakes Youth Snowmobile Club was founded in the spring of 2018.
With the district taking four "snow days" so far this school year, the Pequot Lakes School Board began discussions of finding a day in the calendar to potentially make up for lost time. As it currently stands, the district is scheduled to have students for 165 days, which is the legally required minimum.
More winter weather has come to the lakes area, postponing several area events. Between Wednesday evening and Thursday at noon, snowfall reports averaged between 7.5 and 10 inches throughout the area, according to the National Weather Service. However, little is expected moving forward. "It looks like we develop some holes and drop the potential for precipitation to a 50- or 60-percent chance by 6 p.m.," said Steve Gohde, observing program leader at the National Weather Service in Duluth. "As for how much snow (is still to come), maybe a couple more inches."
Hunter Nybakken netted the only goal for the Northern Lakes Lightning in a 7-1 non-conference loss to the Crookston Pirates Saturday, Jan 19. "We are fighting to find consistency with our nine forwards and four of our six defensemen," coach Craig Larson said. "That is our biggest challenge right now. Goaltending is getting better, but is still a challenge for us." Shane Donovan assisted on Nybakken's goal which came at 10:53 of the third period and the Lightning trailing 5-0.