Sports

Sunfish are one of the most common fish found in North America and one of the very best for table fare too. These little fish average 7.9 to 11.8 inches in size and most people prefer to keep those over nine inches to eat. They are plentiful in most Minnesota and Wisconsin lakes that have healthy...
A large group of Staples golfers traveled to Bemidji July 25-30 to play in the 92nd Annual Birchmont Golf Tournament, many of them bringing home trophies for their performance. The overall men’s champion was Andrew Israelson, the women’s champion was Emily Israelson, the executive champion was Brad...
Rick Odden hit a hole in one on the eleventh hole, one of the highlights of the Men’s Golf League at The Vintage golf course on July 27. As the only one to drop a tee shot, Odden was closest to the hole in Division A. He also won a skin with the ace. On hole 15 Dan Orth won closest to the hole....
The Minnesota DNR and Central Lakes College have discovered a bat species new to Minnesota, the evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis).   “It’s very exciting to discover a new bat species in the state,” said DNR endangered species coordinator Rich Baker. “The evening bat’s historic range is limited to...
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in northwestern Minnesota’s East Spirit Lake in Otter Tail County and central Minnesota’s Lake Osakis in Todd and Douglas counties.  On July 20, DNR invasive species staff conducted dive and shoreline searches to investigate...
Summer recreation Pee Wee baseball players learn to hit, catch and throw. Pictured, Landon Thotland stays low and uses two hands to field a ground ball.   
They came from all over; Florida, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Iowa. They came with kids, spouses, significant others or alone. Some were a little heavier, some had little thinner hairlines and some were just not in condition to play, but came back to see old friends, teammates...
From left, Jasmine McGillivray, Mikayla Wing and Emily Israelson share smiles after a scramble for the ball in the Cardinal Alumni Basketball Tournament. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The tournament was very fun and probably more successful than we could have hoped for the first year.  Not only did multiple teams register to give us a blast from the past, but players embraced the alumni theme by creating retro Cardinal jerseys, digging up old uniforms, inviting old legends to be...
Gone are the days when the hunting masses wore red flannel for visibility, when youth wandered the countryside with .22 rifles hunting squirrels with little or no supervision and kids sold nightcrawlers along the side of the road like lemonade.     Now participation has declined, an issue that led...

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