North Stars split weekend games

12, in North American Tier III junior hockey action. 18.On Feb. 12, the North Stars’ Tristyn Sabina had the hat trick while Stotts, Blanchette, Langworthy and Larsen Tubbs also scored. 17, and then travel to Alexandria for a 7 p.m. Wyatt Stotts, Nick Blanchette and Austin Langworthy scored for Breezy Point while goaltender Magnus Lindhe had 46 saves.On Feb. Matej Krasny had three assists for Breezy Point while winning goaltender Bronson Moore stopped 40 shots. 11, and defeated Willmar 7-2 on Sunday, Feb. The North Stars return to action by hosting Alexandria at 7:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. on Friday, Feb. The Breezy Point North Stars lost to New Ulm 4-3 in overtime on Saturday, Feb. 11, the North Stars assumed a 3-1 lead after two periods before New Ulm rallied to tie it 3-3 in the third period before winning it on Sam Storlie’s overtime goal.

Stone, McGuire qualify for state

Cloud 241, 6-Benilde St. Pequot Lakes’ Alex Stone and Grace McGuire will participate in the state ski meet after finishing third and seventh, respectively, at the Section 5 meet in Hastings Thursday, Feb. This will be Stone’s fifth trip to the state meet. 37-Madison Kalenberg 1:18.98, 63-Linsey Proctor 1:32.91, She earned all-state honors the past two years, finishing 10th in 2016 and 13th in 2015.The two joined teammates Payge Fitterer, Grant Kosobud and Cal Madison at the state meet in Biwabik on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Cloud 94Individual winner: Rosie Hust (Orono) 1:03.81Brainerd results: 3-Alex Stone 1:06.92, 7-Grace McGuire 1:10.43, 19-Payge Fitterer 1:12.79, 30-Emma Heibert 1:16.74. Margaret’s 226, 7-Wayzata 219, 8-Mound Westonka 176, 9-Orono 169, 10-Maple Grove 169, 11-Rocori 141, 12-Robbinsdale Armstrong 93, 13-Annandale 64Individual winner: Sergi Piguillem (Minnetonka) 1:01.66Brainerd results: 17-Cal Madison 1:08.65, 18-Grant Kosobud 1:09.09, 24-Tristan Elsenpeter 1:09.70, 29-Max Darkow 1:11.30, 30-Grant Madison 1:11.33, 64-Nick Krantz 1:25.76Girls team scores (10 teams): 1-Orono 309, 2-Minnetonka 291, 3-Brainerd 281, 4-Breck 263, 5-Annandale 256, 6-Hopkins 227, 7-Benilde St. Margaret’s 200, 8-Maple Grove 174, 9-Wayzata 161.5, 10-Mound Westonka 141, 11-Lakes Area Coop 122, 12-Armstrong 102, 13-St. 15.Boys team scores (18 teams): 1-Minnetonka 317, 2-Breck 273, 3-Brainerd 248, 4-Hopkins 244, 5-St.

Tiger girls win two

3-point 4-14 (29 percent).PINE RIVER-BACKUSBailey Wynn 15, Gabby Rainwater 6, Shelby Adkins 11, Alyssa Semmler 10, Andrea Semmler 7, Rylie Hirschey 5. 3-point 4-14 (29 percent).PINE RIVER-BACKUSBailey Wynn 18, Gabby Rainwater 6, Shelby Adkins 12, Alyssa Semmler 9, Andrea Semmler 6. Conference: 11-1. “We played defense well, we rebounded well, and we shot well, and it was a really good game.”The Tigers also kept their turnovers to just nine, while in the previous loss they had 26.Shelby Adkins aided the Tigers with 12 points, Alyssa Semmler finished with nine, and Gabby Rainwater had six points and nine rebounds.The Tigers are now 17-5 overall and 11-1 in the Northwoods Conference.W-H-A 20 17—37Pine River-Backus 28 23—51WALKER-HACKENSACK-AKELEYAbbie Anderson 2, Megan Benjamin 1, Katie Benjamin 14, Bri Raddatz 7, Justine Day 13. FG 12-38 (32 percent), FT 9-12 (75 percent). 9, to redeem their loss a week before 46-63. 3-point 5-18 (28 percent). 92 / 2Bailey Wynn led all scorers with 18 points as the Pine River-Backus Tigers overcame the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves 51-37 Thursday, Feb. FG 19-45 (42 percent), FT 10-20 (50 percent). 7.The Tigers led at half time by just 24-22 but they lengthened their lead in the second half to make it more comfortable. Ashley Smith/Echo Journal Correspondent
PR-B's Alyssa Semmler jumps for the tip against the Wolves Thursday, Feb. 9.1 / 2Ashley Smith/Echo Journal Correspondent
PR-B's Bailey Wynn passes the ball in the Tigers' win over the Wolves Thursday, Feb. FG 18-53 (34 percent), FT 12-27 (44 percent). FG 18-50 (36 percent), FT 6-8 (75 percent). Overall: 17-5.Tigers Overcome WolverinesWynn led the Tigers with 15 points while Adkins finished with 11 as the Tigers defeated the Wadena Deer Creek Wolverines 53-46 Tuesday, Feb. “We started out down something like 2-16 and just slowly worked our way back into it; it was probably our second best game of the season,” coach Randy Schwegel said. Semmler finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Rainwater contributed 13 rebounds to the Tigers win.Wadena-Deer Creek 22 24—46Pine River-Backus 24 29—53WADENA-DEER CREEKAshley Adams 2, Casey Volkmann 1, Sophie Kreklau 2, Ellie Miron 11, Kennedy Gravelle 13, Rachel Schwartz 17. 3-point 3-13 (23 percent).

Lightning split games with Lakers

Next: Northern Lakes hosts Bagley/Fosston at Pequot Lakes 7 p.m. Shane Donovan scored the other goal and Garrett Westlund and Josh Maucieri collected assists for Northern Lakes which has lost three of its last four.Detroit Lakes 1 2—3Northern Lakes 2 0—2Conference: NL 7-1. Lightning forward Garrett Westlund gets the puck behind the Laker defense on Tuesday, Feb. The Lightning have just one conference game remaining—a rematch with DL.Donovan’s first goal in the first period was unassisted. 7.Matt Stangel made 40 saves but the Northern Lakes Lightning were edged 3-2 by the Detroit Lakes Lakers in a Mid-State Conference game Friday. Overall: NL 19-4-1. Brett Reed had a goal and assist for Northern Lakes, which had already won the Mid-State Conference title. Thursday. Josh Maucieri assisted on the game winner at the 10 minute mark of the third period.Matt Stangel finished with 30 save for the Lightning.Detroit Lakes 1 0—1Northern Lakes 1 1—2First period: NL-Shane Donovan 8:25Second period: DL-Ryan Paskey (Trey Seebold, Bailey Tulius) 16:30Third period: NL-Donovan (Josh Maucieri) 10:00Shots on goal: NL 38, DL 31Goalies: NL-Matt Stangel (30 saves); DL-Ben Boomgaarden (36 saves)Conference: NL 7-0. Overall: NL 20-2-1. Next: Northern Lakes at Little Falls 7 p.m. Thursday.Lightning 2, Lakers 1Shane Donovan scored both of the Northern Lakes Lightning goals in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Detroit Lakes to improve to 7-0 and win the Mid-State Conference.The Lakers entered the game in second place and fell to 4-2.

Patriot girls win 1 of 2

“Corina had a big game for us, but the whole team played pretty well.”Sebeka 25 35—35Pequot Lakes 46 30—76SEBEKAKenzie Nelson 14, Maya Lake 9, Madison Lake 14, Erin Lillquist 5, Megan Heino 8, Emily Huotari 2, Taylor Miller 5, Ava Rathcke 3. Overall: 15-6.Rangers 71, Patriots 68On Tuesday, Feb. Dan Determan/Echo Journal
Patriot forward Olivia Lane works around a C-I defender in Pequot Lakes Tuesday, Feb. With 1:34 to go, she stole the ball for a layup and the Patriots had a brief 65-63 lead.With 28 seconds left and the Patriots leading 68-67, the Rangers connected with a layup and two free throws for the victory.”We dug too big of a hole because of all our turnovers, and we did not shoot well,” Dale said. 10, with a 76-60 win over the Lady Trojans. FG 20-58 (34 percent), FT 22-31 (71 percent). The Patriots also had double-digit scoring nights from Olivia Lane (16 points) and Kristin Skog (11). They then got baskets from Ruud and Lane and the Patriots led by 15 at 27-12, but that would be their biggest lead of the night.The Rangers then quickly cut into that lead with eight straight points.With 4:26 left, Karli Skog connected from beyond the arc and the Patriots led 32-22, but the Rangers would pull to within 36-31 at the break with a 50-foot buzzer-beater.The Rangers came out fired up after the break, getting the lead at 42-41. 7, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers avenged their January loss to the Patriots, beating them 71-68 in a Mid-State Conference game.Lane led the Patriots with 27 points and 12 rebounds while Karli Skog pitched in 22 and Ruud had 17 in a losing effort.Despite shooting struggles and several turnovers in the first half, the Patriots still led 36-31 at the break.However, the Patriots were outscored 40-32 in the second half by the Rangers, resulting in a three-point loss.An early 13-0 run gave the Patriots a 16-5 lead, thanks in part to three layups by Karli Skog. FG 29-66 (44 percent), FT 2-5 (40 percent). 3-point 2-7 (29 percent).CROSBY-IRONTONLily Peterson 3, Shayla Loiland 11, Alyssa Klancher 4, Shyanne Loiland 19, Jami Nelson 28, Mariah Bodle 6. FT 34-55 (percent). They then went on a 7-0 run to stretch that lead to 49-41 with 11:42 left.With C-I leading 63-54, Karli Skog hit a 3-pointer and Ruud a putback to make it 63-59.Lane hit two free throws and a short jumper to tie the game at 63. “(The Rangers) shot well and outplayed us, with that long 3-pointer by (Shyanne) Loiland actually proving to be the difference.”Pequot Lakes 36 32—68Crosby-Ironton 31 40—71PEQUOT LAKESKarli Skog 22, Olivia Lane 27, Corina Ruud 17, Sam Littman 2. Karli Skog and Bre Sewall each added seven points.The Patriots jumped out to a 13-3 lead at the start behind two baskets by Lane, a layup and free throw by Karli Skog and two turnaround jumpers by Ruud.The Patriots stretched their lead to 26-12 with 8:18 left with a 10-0 run and they would lead 44-23 with 2:16 left after two layups by Kristin Skog and two free throws by Sewall.After a buzzer-beating layup by Lyndsey Johnson, the Patriots went into halftime with a 46-25 lead.They opened the second half with a 20-3 run to open up a 58-28 lead.Shortly after that, both coaches subbed freely and the Trojans trimmed several points off the lead after hitting three 3-pointers.With the win, the Patriots improve to 15-6 overall.”We had struggled a little in our three losses but we came out tonight and played well from the start,” coach Jon Dale said. 3-point 9-18 (50 percent). FT 22-40 (percent).PEQUOT LAKESAddie Hubbard 1, Molly Dotty 4, Karli Skog 7, Olivia Lane 16, Kristin Skog 11, Lyndsey Johnson 2, Corina Ruud 24, Bre Sewal l7, Sam Littman 2, Desera Engholm 2. 7.Senior Corina Ruud had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid at Sebeka on Friday, Feb.

Gymnastics: Dahlberg 6th in conference meet

Dahlberg finished with a score of 9.275 for a Warriors team that finished third overall. 11. Pequot Lakes’ Hannah Dahlberg, competing for the Brainerd Warriors gymnastics team, finished sixth on the uneven parallel bars at the Central Lakes Conference meet in Fergus Falls Saturday, Feb. 17. She ended the season ranked 12th in the conference on the bars.Team scores: 3-Brainerd 142.6Final season standings (Individual)Vault: 1-Millie Klefsaas (B), 5-Jaelyn Kappes (B) , 10-Jaelyn King (B), 21-Jocelyn Polansky (B)Uneven parallel bars: 1-Allison Seehusen (SCT), 4-Millie Klefsaas (B), 12-Hannah Dahlberg (B), 13-Jaelyn Kappes (B), 21-Kianna Christensen (B), 27-Brooklyn Jones (B)Balance beam: 1-Abby Weber (SSS), 5-Millie Klefsaas (B), 7-Jaelyn King (B), 12-Kenna Smith (B), 25-Megan Ostendorf (B), 29-Abbie Abramson (B)Floor exercise: 1-Mayson Jensen (FF), 2-Millie Klefsaas (B), 12-Kenna Smith (B), 20-Jaelyn King (B)All-around: 1-Allison Seehusen (SCT), 3-Millie Klefsaas (B), 21-Kianna Christensen (B)Next: Brainerd in Section 8-2A tournament at Bemidji Feb.

Patriot boys top Tigers

Westlund, Huss and Adam Casanova each scored seven.With the loss, the Patriots drop to 12-8 on the season.Denfeld 37 31—68Pequot Lakes 27 31—58DULUTH DENFELDJaaren Jorgenson 20, Caleb Gibson 10, Tyrese Barnes 3, Shondez Morris 18, Ben Gibson 17. FG 25-43 (58 percent), FT 10-14 (71 percent). “It was great to see our kids come out with some much energy in a back to back, after playing Hibbing on Monday. FT 8-10 (80 percent). FT 8-10 (80 percent). The Patriots won their fifth game of the past six, as 12 different players worked their way into the scoring column.”We played hard and shared the ball well,” Patriot coach Rich Spiczka said. 11, Justin Barrett 2, Robert Beaulieu III 2, Doug Dudley 5, Brady Cook 6, Kendall Whitefeather 11, Anthony Beaulieu 4, Frank Papasodora 2. 10, Sjoblad scored a team-high 19 points, but the Patriots fell to the Duluth Denfeld Hunters 68-58 in a non-conference game.The Patriots trailed the Hunters 37-27 at the halftime break and the second half was played dead-even with each team scoring 31 points.The only other Patriot to score in double figures was Jordan Schommer with 10 points. We are heading to that point in the season where it is more about sharpening the pencil and taking care of the little things and we did some of those things tonight”Apart from Westlund’s 24 points, Zach Sjoblad had 19, Cody Huss had 10 and both Austin Young and Tyler Manley both scored eight.Torry Hirschey led the Tigers with 16 points while Kristian Broom, Brady Raph and Nate Brasel followed with five.”Pequot Lakes played tremendous man-to-man, run-and-jump pressure defense all night, and we had a very difficult time handling it,” Tiger coach John Riewer said. 3-point 5-16 (31 percent).PEQUOT LAKESAustin Young 8, Adam Casanova 2, Noah Borleis 2, Nathan Traut 2, Kirk Johnson 2, Gage Westlund 24, Cody Huss 10, Kade Kitzman 4, Jordan Schommer 2, Andy Voges 3, Zach Sjoblad 14, Tyler Manley 8. FT 6-9 (67 percent).Red Lake tops PR-BTorry Hirschey scored a team-high 19 points for the Pine River-Backus Tigers in an 88-58 Northland Conference loss to the Red Lake Warriors Friday, Feb. Overall: 8-12. Lena Richards/Echo Journal Correspondent
PR-B's Torry Hirschey looks to avoid the full-court press of Pequot Lakes' Gage Westlund Tuesday, Feb. FG 9-20 (45 percent), FT 13-19 (87 percent). 10.Nate Brasel added 11 points and Kiel Struss scored 10 for a PR-B team that committed 22 turnovers and made 38 percent of its shots.Brasel led the team with six rebounds and two steals.Red Lake 38 50—88Pine River-Backus 26 32—58RED LAKEJamie Cook 34, Will Morrison 11, Rob McClain Jr. Conference: 4-8. 7.The Pequot Lakes boys basketball team bested the Pine River-Backus Tigers 81-46 on Tuesday, Feb. 3-point 15 (Cook-8).PINE RIVER-BACKUSBrady Raph 2, Torry Hirschey 19, Nick Ackerman 5, Jordan Onken 2, Kiel Struss 10, Nate Brasel 11, Joe Davidson 7, Nathaniel Wosmek 2. “They have an outstanding basketball team, and their depth was too much for us to overcome.”PR-Backus 26 20—46Pequot Lakes 48 33—81PINE RIVER-BACKUSKristian Bloom 5, Brady Raph 5, Torry Hirschey 16, Nick Ackerman 4, Kiel Struss 4, Justin Potz 1, Nate Brasel 5, Joe Davidson 4,Nathaniel Wosmek 2. 3-point 7-22 (32 percent).Patriots fall to HuntersOn Friday, Feb. 7, on the back of a 24-point performance by guard Gage Westlund. FT 15-23 (65 percent).PEQUOT LAKESAdam Casanova 7, Nathan Traut 4, Kirk Johnson 4, Gage Westlund 7, Cody Huss 7, Jordan Schommer 10, Zach Sjoblad 19, Tyler Manley 2.

Minnesota group holds first-ever Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Walk

Marchers, including men and children, as well as Native American women, united in solidarity with similar events taking place nationwide, hoping to call attention to the disproportionate amount of violence against Native women.”We felt that it was very important for us to organize an event for today with the other actions that are happening all over Canada and all over the rest of the United States,” said organizer Audrianna Goodwin. The organizers spoke about violence against Native women both nationwide and locally before jingle dress dancers performed.”We want to acknowledge that this is a real issue to people,” said organizer Anna Goldtooth. and we just want to do our part in raising awareness to this issue.”Participants held signs and some wore red shawls during the march from the field house to BSU’s Hobson Memorial Union; the group was greeted by honking cars as it traveled along Bemidji Avenue North. “It affects us everywhere, and in our community we’ve experienced a lot of violence happening in the past few years against Native women.”Each speaker said that much of the violence against indigenous women stems from colonization, even violence within Native communities.”This violence that’s perpetuated against our women isn’t who we are. A Planned Parenthood table offered condoms and literature about HIV/AIDS prevention, while Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter and Red Lake shelter Equay Wiigamig also offered information about services. “This is a very touching issue for almost all of us in the room … “We’re really, really humbled and honored by all of you coming out on this cold day and joining us.”After the march, attendees gathered in the Beaux Arts Ballroom in Hobson. Forum News Service photoBEMIDJI, Minn.—Natasha Kingbird walked for her friend Krista Fisherman.”When Krista got murdered they didn’t make a big thing about it,” said Kingbird, referencing the 2015 murder of Fisherman by her boyfriend. Native women and those who had lost family members led the march and allies brought up the rear.The event was planned by the Indigenous Environmental Network’s women’s leadership group Ogimaakwewiwin. It never was part of our ways to hurt our women,” Goodwin said. Anna Goldtooth, an organizer of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Walk, speaks to the crowd after the walk on Tuesday in the Beaux Arts Ballroom at BSU. Group member Simone Senogles said that while Ogimaakwewiwin only became aware of similar marches last week, they decided to do their best to pull together the Tuesday event.”Even though the time was really, really short we knew that it was something we wanted to do, we wanted to at least try,” Senogles told participants. “I just can’t stress enough that this isn’t who we are.” “It should be equal.”

Kingbird was one of about 100 participants who gathered in the parking lot of the John Glas Fieldhouse on Tuesday for Bemidji’s first-ever Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Walk.

Twins’ Perkins encouraged after first bullpen

He anticipates throwing his next bullpen session on Friday or Saturday but will be careful not to look too far ahead.”I’m taking it day by day. He used air quotes around the word “setback,” but it wasn’t ideal when he felt soreness in his teres minor, one of the rotator cuff muscles involved in the external rotation of the shoulder joint.”I think it had been bugging me longer than I thought,” Perkins said. “It was bound to happen. “That will be my goal every day for the season — to come in and feel good. To feel like I could push it is exciting.”Set to take Wednesday off from throwing before long-tossing again on Thursday, Perkins had some anxious moments over the weekend after canceling a planned bullpen session on Feb. I had a little soreness, and it went away in a couple days.”A three-time all-star set to turn 34 on March 2, Perkins is entering the last guaranteed year of a contract extension he signed in the spring of 2014. The good news is Tuesday’s moderate-intensity throwing session presented no challenges, physical or otherwise.”They say that when you have the front of your shoulder fixed, eventually you’re going to develop some sort of soreness or something in the back,” Perkins said. “I got too far ahead last week. “I just thought it was part of rehabbing and a little discomfort, but I think it had been lingering for a while, a month or so maybe. I’m going to play catch on Thursday.”The Twins will be careful not to rush Perkins, who hasn’t pitched since the opening week of the 2016 season. Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsFORT MYERS, Fla. He figures to see his game action limited to back fields until the latter portion of spring training, and he said last month a season-opening stint on the disabled list is a possibility.”I just want to continue to feel good,” he said. “That’s a good first step,” Perkins said. I’m not getting that far ahead,” he said. Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins (15) poses for a portrait on photo day last season. I’m not going to do that. You’ve got to focus on something when you’ve gone that long. I forgot what it was like to feel good.”Having hit every marker on his rehab calendar since June 23 surgery to repair a torn labrum, Perkins figures it was inevitable he’d have to back off at some point. — Nearly eight months after shoulder surgery, and almost nine months since last testing his left arm from a bullpen mound, Twins closer Glen Perkins came away encouraged by Tuesday’s 15-pitch side session. I was thinking about that bullpen a week before I threw it. 10. “That was good to get out with probably a little more intensity than I imagined. I don’t think anyone’s ever done that. “The whole thing had been laid out, and so you try to get through it that way and it doesn’t always work. That will be a success if that’s the case.” It’s just how your arm works. It was a matter of time before something happened.”Perkins, who threw as usual under the eye of rehab coordinator Lanning Tucker, noted he was able to get about 7 months into an eight-month rehab schedule before he had to scale back a bit.”I was lucky with that,” he said.

Slow cooker recipes for easy weeknight meals

Pour mixture over roast. Shred with a fork and the place on sandwich buns. The option to cook them in the Crock-Pot makes the sandwich even more appealing and the au jus for dipping is the perfect touch.Serves: 6 to 8 sandwichesIngredients:1 (3 to 4-pound) chuck roast, remove excess fatMontreal steak seasoning2 teaspoons olive oil¼ cup soy sauce¼ cup water4 whole black peppercorns2 cups beef broth½ teaspoon dried, crushed rosemary½ teaspoon dried thyme1 tablespoon minced onion2 teaspoons minced garlic6 to 8 french rolls6 to 8 slices of cheese, provolone suggestedDirections:Remove excess fat from roast. For singles, couples and families who prefer easy, weeknight meals prepared ahead of time, try these three Crock-Pot recipes:Slow Cooker French Dip SandwichFrench dips make for the perfect meal on a cold, February day, Sunday afternoon while watching football or a busy Tuesday night with filled with family activities. Mix together soy sauce, beef broth, water, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, garlic and onion. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Combine shredded chicken, salsa and approximately ½ cup of the enchilada sauce. By pairing with a salad, bread or sandwich, this recipe is sure to win over the hearts of all.Serves: 4 to 6Ingredients:1 pound ground pork sausage¾ cup onion, diced6 slices bacon, diced1¼ teaspoons garlic, minced4 cups chicken broth1 cup potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces2 cups kale, thinly sliced¾ cup whipping creamDirections:Cook sausage in a large skillet and brown over medium heat. Sprinkle with Montreal steak seasoning. Drain and set aside. French Dip or Beef Dip Sandwich1 / 3This is a mexican burrito with red sauce on top with rice and salad on the side2 / 3Homemade Warm Creamy Tuscan Soup with Sausage and Kale3 / 3Few aromas beat the smell of a home-cooked meal as families walk through the door after a long day at work and school. And for those looking for extra flavor, homemade enchilada sauce adds flair to the dish.Serves: 6 servingsIngredients:3 cups shredded chicken½ cup salsa12 (6-inch) flour tortillas2 (10-ounce) cans of enchilada sauce, or 3 cups homemade healthy enchilada sauce1 (4-ounce) can mild green chiles2 cups shredded cheddar cheeseDirections:Spray the inside the slow cooker with nonstick spray. Place sausage, onions, bacon and garlic in slow cooker along with remaining ingredients. Divide the chicken mixture over the tortillas — approximately ¼ cup each. Place in slow cooker. (I was able to fit 6 per layer, topping each layer with enchilada sauce.) Top with cheese. Slow cookers make that happiness possible. It goes beyond the anticipated taste of the food; it’s the idea that they don’t have to continue the work of the day by slaving away in the kitchen. Brown both sides) in olive oil. Roll each tortilla and place seam side down in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.Recipe courtesy of Spendwithpennies.comVisit alexandrafloersch.areavoices.com for more recipes including Skinny Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken, Crock-Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu and Slow Cooker Taco Soup. By stacking two or even three rows of enchiladas, families are sure to have delicious leftovers. Add kale and whipping cream to your crock pot and stir before serving.Recipe courtesy of Recipesthatcrock.comSlow Cooker Chicken EnchiladasEnchiladas are a tasty dinner option, but making them in the slow cooker ensures they’ll feed the whole family. But for the cooks of the family, that smell symbolizes more. For some, it’s the smell alone that brings happiness, igniting their appetite for what’s to come. Strain remaining juice and use for dipping.Recipe courtesy of Yourhomebasedmom.comCrock-Pot Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana SoupCopycat recipes are often a favorite for foodies who love to cook. Cook until tender and easy to shred. Place onion and bacon in the skillet and saute over medium heat until the onions are translucent. This particular recipe makes the task easy, requiring just 15 minutes to prep before cooking in the Crock-Pot for half a day. In a separate bowl, combine remaining enchilada sauce and chiles, set aside. To streamline the process, opt for pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or high for 5 to 6.

Police identify Duluth shooting victim as UMD student from Twin Cities area

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Recommended for youMore changes proposed for ND Public Employee Retirement board, oversightMan accused of killing Devils Lake woman arraigned in Louisiana Corner Coffee in East Grand Forks sets itself apart from chains Army Reserve 312th Engineer Company based on Park Point.Grahek’s parents, Jon and Heidi, declined comment, but a statement was issued on their behalf by the St. This is the sixth shooting in Duluth in 25 days. Grahek and his loved ones during this difficult time and asks that everyone keep them in their prayers.“The Graheks do not wish to make a public statement other than to say that they loved William very much and to thank everyone who has reached out to them with comforting words and support.“The family asks that their privacy be respected as they mourn the loss of their beloved family member.”Lisa Erwin, vice chancellor for student life at UMD, also issued a statement on the incident.”The campus community mourns the loss of Will Grahek and our hearts and deepest condolences go out to his family and friends,” she said. Feb. He was enrolled in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at UMD and was a specialist with the U.S. Wednesday.’Morning Joe’ hosts say Trump adviser Conway no longer welcomeGrahek grew up in Centerville, Minn., and graduated from Centennial High School in Circle Pines in 2012, according to his Facebook page. Paul Police Department, where Jon Grahek is employed as a sergeant.“The Saint Paul Police Department extends its deepest condolences to the family,” spokesman Steve Linders wrote in an email. 14 in a residence at 510 E. “The department will do all it can to support Sgt. Law enforcement officers work the scene on the 500 block of East 11th Street in Duluth after a shooting occurred at an East Hillside residence Tuesday afternoon, Feb. Police Chief Mike Tusken said Tuesday that the preliminary investigation revealed the shooting may have been related to a robbery or home invasion. 14. 11th St., the Duluth Police Department said.Police said Wednesday morning that no one was in custody. — Police have identified the victim of Tuesday’s fatal shooting in the East Hillside neighborhood as a 22-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student.William Andrew Grahek was pronounced dead at a local hospital after he was shot around 2 p.m. Clint Austin / Forum News Service  

Recommended for youMore changes proposed for ND Public Employee Retirement board, oversightMan accused of killing Devils Lake woman arraigned in Louisiana Corner Coffee in East Grand Forks sets itself apart from chainsDULUTH, Minn. “We will continue to provide resources and support to the campus through the grieving process.”The shooting was the sixth in Duluth in a span of 25 days, but the first to result in a death. They had initially detained several people and said a “person of interest” was being questioned Tuesday night.“This continues to be a very active investigation and we are following up on numerous leads,” police said in a statement issued around 10:30 a.m.

Lawmakers look at ‘drastic’ proposed changes to Minnesota stadium authority

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority could experience several changes under legislation lawmakers are considering.In a bill approved 17-1 by the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee Tuesday, Feb. 14, is an expansion of the authority board from five to seven members.The proposal arises from recent revelations that seats in U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, which has become site of a disagreement about whether state officials who run the facility should be allowed to take family and friends to events. Each failed on party-line, roll-call votes.One contained provisions that Nelson said hewed more closely to the legislative auditor’s recommendations.The other took its language from another bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul, which would ban preferential admission to public officials at all publicly owned facilities.Anderson said she supports Lesch’s effort, but not as an amendment to her bill.Steller reports for Session Daily, a nonpartisan Minnesota House Public Information Office online publication. This is about fixing it so that people know that their tax dollars are being used prudently and wisely, and that (there is) integrity in the process.””We heard over and over that this is how it’s always been done,” Anderson said. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, the bill would also modify the statute that created the authority in nearly a dozen other areas. Bank Stadium suites that the authority controls went to board members’ friends and family and other public officials, with no apparent marketing purpose. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, awaits action by the Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee.There was bipartisan feeling that the authority’s handling of stadium suites is more than a mere headline-grabbing controversy of the season.Rep. Under the legislation, the governor and Minneapolis mayor would each appoint one member, each legislative caucus leader would appoint a member and the legislative auditor or a designee would serve as a non-voting member.Sponsored by Rep. Don Davis / Forum News ServiceST. A companion, sponsored by Sen. Cheryl Youakim, D-Hopkins, called it a “pretty weighty issue.”Anderson added: “This in fact impacts every single Minnesotan.”The lone vote against the bill was from Rep. “It’s not the good-old boys club. 1, 2017.”It’s time for us to clean house and say that we’re not going to tolerate this anymore,” Anderson said. An Office of the Legislative Auditor report released last week called the suite usage an ethical lapse.Current members are appointed by the governor and mayor of Minneapolis. “That screams that … we need to drastically change it.”The bill goes next to the House State Government Finance Committee, which Anderson chairs. Other changes proposed include:• The authority board chair, now named by the governor, would be selected by the board.• The authority board chair’s compensation, currently set by the board, would have to be the same as other board members, including a per diem of $55 but no salary.• The authority would negotiate to return its stadium suites to the Minnesota Vikings or sell the seats, except for limited use for marketing.• The authority would have to try to recover costs of food, parking, tickets, and suite use before Jan. Michael Nelson, D-Brooklyn Park, who earlier offered two amendments. John Lesch, D-St. PAUL — Controversy about how state officials run the home of the Minnesota Vikings may result in changes in how the facility is governed. This mid-2016 photo shows U.S.

Thief River Falls woman dies in two-vehicle crash

Emergency responders had to use the jaws of life to pull Reierson from the wreckage. She was driving a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country north on Minnesota Highway 32 when she met a southbound 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Julie Rose Good, 18, of Thief River Falls. about 2 miles north of St. Hilaire, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. She was taken to Sanford Health in Thief River Falls, where she died.Everyone involved in the crash had their seat belts on, according to a State Patrol report. Hilaire is about 7 miles south of Thief River Falls in northwestern Minnesota. The pickup, which was pulling a skidsteer trailer on icy roads, began to slide into the northbound lane before the trailer collided with the van, according to state troopers.Good and her passenger, 56-year-old Rose Ann Koepke of Thief River Falls, were not injured. ST. — A Thief River Falls, Minn., woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday in Pennington County.Mary Louise Reierson, 62, died of injuries she received in a crash that happened at 4:50 p.m. HILAIRE, Minn. No alcohol was involved, the report said.St.

Crow Wing County Board: Remove and replace – Problematic Pine River rock dam on its way out

1 / 2The rock dam that controls the flow of water between Big Pine Lake and the Pine River is scheduled for replacement.
He said the water levels are tied to whatever is flowing from the Corps of Engineer dam, and are noticeably impacted by the breach on the rock dam.”It’s obvious that the lake, even with the ice on it, that the lake is down,” Korchik said. “It might back up this way downstream, but that’s not as big of an issue.”Thiede said his concerns were alleviated.”That does reassure me, that it is more than a 5-foot elevation,” Thiede said.The project is possible through a $399,935 grant awarded by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. but the problem with this (current) dam is (the water) goes around the end, and your earthen dam doesn’t go all the way to the shore,” Thiede said.Thiede wondered whether the angled ends of the weirs would direct the water away from the troubled eastern bank.Westerberg said although difficult to tell from the drawing, the elevation of the weirs angled up as they neared shore.”The bank is going to be armored to protect that shoreline,” Westerberg said.Thiede asked whether the elevation was high enough to prevent impacts along the shore farther east “10 years in the future when we’ve slowed that down.”Westerberg said he did not expect the design to cause issues farther east.”The idea with this levee is to make sure this water, to try to keep all the water that comes into the Pine River, inside this channel area,” Westerberg said. “I think it’s ridiculous that we’re forced to own it. Spring is coming and much of the lake may not well be usable.”Korchik said if some of the construction could begin sooner, it could prevent some of the water loss in the lake—although it could also amount to throwing money away for a stop gap until the replacement could begin.”I would look to the engineers, to the experts here, to see if there’s anything they can possibly do to phase the project such as it would help us out,” Korchik said, before adding, “A miracle?”The board and others laughed in response to Korchik.”I’m trying to understand whether we should pray for rain, or pray for drought,” Commissioner Paul Thiede responded in jest.”That’s up to the engineers,” Korchik said.Thiede asked Westerberg for more specifics concerning the engineering of the replacement structure.”I’m not an engineer … “I almost wonder if you ice fish if you wouldn’t hit air instead of water. “There will be a pool between each of them (the weirs), so the fish can rest before they go to the next one.”Westerberg said groups in the Red River Valley used similar structures in several locations—17 to be exact—to improve the flow and fish accessibility in tributaries.The timing of the reconstruction, planned for January or February 2018, is concerning for property owners on Big Pine Lake, Bray said. The erosion can be seen in the background of this photo taken Tuesday at the dam. An earthen dike and stabilization of the shore will strengthen the river banks to increased flows from rain events and changes at the Army Corps of Engineers dam upstream.The structure is designed with fish in mind, explained Bill Westerberg, an engineer with the North Central Minnesota Joint Powers Board who is working with the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District on the project.”It allows fish passage to go up and down, a lot easier than it was before,” Westerberg said. Steve Kohls/ Brainerd Dispatch Video2 / 2A long-troubled rock dam regulating flow between Big Pine Lake and the Pine River in Crosslake will be removed.The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday heard the future plans for the dam, the subject of numerous repair projects in the 47 years since its construction. Erosion along the river bank over time led to the loss of trees. … I’ve fought that fight as long as I could fight it, and I guess we’re stuck with it.”Crow Wing SWCD technician Beth Hippert said they explored the ownership conundrum once again, and came to the same conclusion—no one is interested in taking over ownership from the county.In 2013, the board approved spending $16,000 on an engineering study, seeking recommendations on more permanent solutions along with potential funding sources.The report completed by Short Elliott Hendrickson was used to show the need to replace the dam. Funding the report was a key to receiving nearly $400,000 for the county’s constituents, Bray said.”What that allowed the lake association to do is to actually go after those funds themselves,” Bray added. “Big Pine Lake is flowing free around the east side of that repair,” Bray said. Westerberg said this time of year was selected because it is a period of low flow, but Bray asked him to explore the possibility of completing the project sooner.”January is a whole year away, and that’s a whole summer without water,” Bray said. “And I know they’re concerned about that.”Bill Korchik, vice president of the Big Pine Lake Association, said there is some urgency in addressing the water levels of the lake. “What we’re here to talk about is a permanent solution.”That solution is to remove the dam and replace it with a series of five rock weirs, coaxing the water to flow on a gradual downward slope toward the narrowing banks of the tributary. The taxing district was approved when the board said it would no longer fund repairs of the troublesome dam.”I will again state my opposition to us owning this thing,” Thiede said. The weir arrangement is called an arch riffle structure and uses various sizes of boulders, fabric and sediment to minimize water seepage. Funds collected from the Big Pine Lake Subordinate Service District, a taxing district established in 2010 to pay for repairs to the dam, will cover about $50,000 of the costs.The dam is owned by Crow Wing County—a source of consternation expressed whenever issues concerning the structure are discussed among commissioners. County Engineer Tim Bray told the board the most recent maintenance completed was already breached by water flowing from the lake to the river. And actually, that happened in the past, when the dam blew out. The Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program provides funds to conservation projects through the Outdoor Heritage Fund, established by the 2008 Legacy Amendment. The water breached the east side of the dam, causing the stream to bypass the traditional outflow area.

Kinship Partners Match: Share your heart with a child

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She sees it as not only a chance to get out of the house, but it helps her have a better life.The Kvammes offered her a chance to attend youth group at their church, and Bella’s highlights include the retreats and kayaking. Although already blessed with a busy and satisfying lifestyle, Phil jokes that they were willing to “get out of their Norwegian rut and try something different.”

Bella recommends Kinship to her friends. For more information about Kinship Partners, call 218-829-4606 or visit www.kinshippartners.org. The trio enjoys playing cards, and they all agree that their Wednesday fun night usually revolves around eating.Phil and Val encourage Bella by attending some of her school activities. Phil and Val Kvamme are mentors for Bella through Kinship Partners.About two years ago, a young girl named Bella came into the lives of Phil and Val Kvamme, Nisswa. Bella is interested in music and theater, and Phil and Val are always eager to help her learn her lines.Phil, Val, and Bella have woven together their lives and love each other’s company. Phil urges people to “get off the fence” and experience mentoring a child.Bella gently adds, “You have to look into your heart to see if you want to do this.”Thank you, Phil and Val, for sharing your hearts with Bella.Why not start your own friendship journey?

Pequot Lakes mock trial team gears up for semifinals

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The Patriots will represent the defense in the case of Chris Jackson vs. Shown are members of the Pequot Lakes High School mock trial team.The Pequot Lakes High School mock trial team advanced to Region 1 semifinals for the seventh consecutive season and is scheduled to compete against Sartell High School on Thursday, Feb. The case centers on a freedom of speech and due process dispute.Mock debate team members are scored on an array of material, with 10 being the top score. Morrie Powers. In the most recent meet against Cloquet High School, freshman Will Middleton scored a perfect 10 acting as witness Chris Jackson while being cross examined by an attorney from the other team.Senior Abby Person scored several 9s, including direct examination questions, cross examination questioning and delivery of her closing argument for the defense.The Patriot mock trial team includes seniors Mariah Friberg and Person; juniors Michael Wallace, Jon Spangler, Dylan Lerfald, Isabel Glover and Sebastian Kempka; sophomores Eloise Gitchell, Erin Bengtson, Kayla Neumann, Maddi Chiodi and Kaleb Sundstrom; and freshman Middleton.The team thanks volunteer coaches Maria Schommer and Mark Mitchell for giving their time and assistance throughout the season. Dr. This fictitious civil case concerns a student who sued his high school after the principal suspended and took other punitive measures on the student for making a video that criticized the school principal. 9.

Breezy Point women to host social luncheon March 1

The March meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Guests are welcome. They are an opportunity to learn more about the club and its purpose. The Breezy Point Area Women’s Club met Wednesday, Feb. The social luncheons are fun and present the opportunity to meet and greet new people. 23, at 218-562-4991. Anyone interested in attending should call Kay on or before Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Hungry Loon restaurant in Pequot Lakes.Traditionally, due to Minnesota’s winter weather, the February and March meetings are reserved for social luncheons with no scheduled programs. Wednesday, March 1, at Lucky’s in Pequot Lakes.

CRMC to host advance care planning session Feb. 23

Advance care planning is a process that helps people think about, talk about and write down their choices for future health care decisions. Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is coordinating advance care planning certified facilitator training Thursday, Feb. 23, in Crosby for those who wish to help people understand and document healthcare options. While it’s not an easy topic to consider, it is important for every adult to have a Health Care Directive – a written plan for loved ones and health care providers to follow – so wishes are known if a time comes when people cannot speak for themselves.The training is provided by Honoring Choices Minnesota, which is focused on helping every adult Minnesotan understand advance care planning and works with healthcare providers to ensure they offer assistance to all patients and honor their choices.Those attending the training will learn how to help people think and talk about advance care planning in a research-based thoughtful manner; learn about why advance care planning is important and how to explain that to others; and become familiar with requirements for health care directives and challenges people face in completing them and ways to get past the challenges.The training fee will be paid for by CRMC. To register or for more information, visit ” target=”_blank”>www.honoringchoices.org/events/training1.

Nisswa Winter Jubilee slated Feb. 18-19 – Warm weather prompts cancellation of snow sculptures

Winners need not be present to win. Cost is $5 per hole with minnows available for purchase.3:30 p.m.: Bingo, Nisswa American Legion. A portion of the proceeds will go to Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area. A new family event will be Skate Da Lake, powered by Minnesota Hockey Camps and Minnewawa Lodge on Clark Lake. 19Noon-2 p.m.: Fishing Derby, Nisswa Lake, hosted by Nisswa Fire Department. Bring skates and skate guards.Warm weather prompted cancellation of the snow sculpture contest this year.A free shuttle will run between the Pickle Factory and Nisswa American Legion from noon to midnight Saturday, Feb. Only 250 buttons will be sold. Win $100 cash.11:45 a.m.: Sign up for wood splitting contest.Noon: Wood splitting contest in Pickle Factory parking lot. Cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. Wood will be auctioned after the contest.Noon-1 p.m.: Open house and lunch special, Hills Crossing Senior Living next to Nisswa Fire Hall.12:15 p.m.: Timed scavenger hunt starts; pick up a sheet at the Nisswa Chamber Office.12:30 p.m.: Storytelling at Turtle Town Books & Gifts.12:45 p.m.: Medallion hunt clue No. 18, and posted on the Nisswa chamber Facebook page and at the Nisswa chamber. Following is a schedule of events:Saturday, Feb. Skate around the Clark Lake ice trail, starting at Minnesota Hockey Camps. 18. 3 of three posted at Big Axe Brewing.4 p.m.: Meat raffle, Nisswa American Legion.4 p.m.: If needed, medallion hunt fourth clue posted at Nisswa Chamber Office.4:15 p.m.: Surfin’ Safari Poker Walk winners announced, Nisswa chamber.7:30-11:30 p.m.: Dance with band Decade 7, Nisswa American Legion.7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.: Dance with band Beetkeepers, Pickle Factory.Sunday, Feb. 2 of three posted at Loide Oils & Vinegars.1 p.m.: Magician show, Hills Crossing Senior Living.1-5 p.m.: Play cards, Nisswa American Legion (cribbage, 500, rook, hearts).1-6 p.m.: Indoor bags tournament, Nisswa American Legion (sign up at 1 p.m.; start playing at 1:30 p.m.)2:15-4:15 p.m.: Surfin’ Safari Poker Walk for adults and families. Saturday, Feb. Start at Nisswa Chamber Office for details.2:45 p.m.: Medallion hunt clue No. 18-19, with the theme “Surfin’ Safari.”Buy a button for $5 at the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce to be eligible to win prizes. 1 of three posted at StoneHouse Coffee. 1810 a.m.-noon: Face painting, balloon animals and craft hosted by Black Bear 4-H Club, Nisswa Chamber Office.10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Skate Da Lake, Minnesota Hockey Camps, Clark Lake.10:30 a.m.: Medallion hunt clue No. Winning numbers will be drawn at 4 p.m. Nisswa Winter Jubilee events will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb.