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  • By Scott Rall, Outdoors columnist
    October 18, 2023
    As is part of my normal pheasant hunting opening weekend activities, I made the drive to the 2023 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener event in Owatonna. This area is not necessarily known as the hotbed of pheasant hunting opportunities in our great state, but there were about the same number of birds harvested by attendees as any other events of its kind since 2012. So I guess you might need to…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 11, 2023
    Luverne fell 3-0 to Pipestone Friday, Oct. 6, in the 67th Annual Battle Axe football game on Cardinal Field. Both teams had trouble moving the ball on the ground or through the air. Luverne had 91 total yards in the game while Pipestone managed 74 yards of total offense. The Cardinals hurt themselves losing one fumble and throwing three interceptions in the game. Luverne junior Carter Sehr…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 11, 2023
    The Patriots beat the Flying Dutchmen 26-14 in Edgerton Friday, Oct. 6. “We knew going in, it was going to be a tough, physical game, and it was all of that,” head coach Rex Metzger said. “Our guys played hard all 48 minutes, and I was very happy with the physicality of our team.” The first quarter of the game both teams hung tough and would not allow the other team to score. In the second…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 11, 2023
    The Luverne girls’ tennis team is crowned Section 3A Team Champion. Luverne won their quarterfinal match against Yellow Medicine East 6-1 at home Thursday, Oct. 5. The Cardinals took the semifinal match against MacCray 4-2 Monday, Oct. 9, in Sioux Falls and beat Montevideo 4-0 later in the day. The team will play in state competition at the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis Tuesday, Oct…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 11, 2023
    The Luverne Cardinals hosted a cross-country meet Thursday, Oct. 5, that included six other teams. The teams that participated in the high school events were Adrian-Ellsworth, Canby-Minneota, Pipestone Area, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Sioux Falls Roosevelt and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. The Luverne girls’ 5,000-meter team placed third and the Luverne boys’ 5,000-meter team placed second. “The kids did…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 11, 2023
    The Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball team lost 3-0 to Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda at home Tuesday, Oct. 3, and traveled to Marshall Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7, to participate in the Jimmy John’s Classic. H-BC was scheduled to travel to Adrian to take on the Dragons Tuesday, Oct. 10, and will host Southwest Christian Monday, Oct. 16.   HLOF 3, HBC 0 The Patriots fell behind the Coyotes in…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 11, 2023
    The Luverne volleyball team fell to Jackson County Central in three games Thursday, Oct. 5, on the road. JCC topped Luverne 25-13 in the first set, 25-12 in the second and 25-18 in the final set. The 8-12 Huskies came into the match winning their last two matches against Pipestone 3-0 and St. James 3-0 after a nine-game losing streak. Luverne, now 9-12, recently lost to Edgerton 3-0 this past…
  • By MN DNR
    October 11, 2023
    Minnesota’s youth deer season will take place statewide Thursday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 22. The season coincides with statewide teacher workshops, so many Minnesota students will be out of school during the youth season. To participate, youth must be 10-17 years old and have a regular deer license. Youth ages 10 to 13 must be accompanied by an adult parent, guardian or mentor 18 or…
  • By Scott Rall, Outdoors columnist
    October 11, 2023
    Hunting wild stuff, be that antlered animals or fowl of any sort, is usually a result of an introduction made by one special person who took the time to expose a youth to the outdoor lifestyle. The number of people who hunt today only make up about 11 percent of the United States population and that number is falling. I have been hunting since I was 14, almost 50 years now, and I can say there…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 04, 2023
    What is 66 years old and gets passed back and forth between two towns? The Battle Axe. The traveling trophy is awarded to the winning football team between rivals Luverne and Pipestone. This year’s game marks the 66th annual Battle Axe game between the Cardinals and Arrows, and Luverne is not looking to give it up without a fight. If you bleed red or green, you know how much each team wants…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 04, 2023
    The Cardinals volleyball team pulled out two wins and one loss this past week. Luverne beat Worthington 3-2 at home Tuesday, Sept. 26, and won against the Saints at St. James 3-0 Thursday, Sept. 28. The Cardinals fell to Edgerton Public 3-0 Monday, Oct. 2, at home. LHS will face Jackson County Central on the road Thursday, Oct. 5.   Luverne 3, Worthington 2 Luverne took the match against…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 04, 2023
    H-BC handed the Renville County West Jaguars a 45-14 loss at home Friday, Sept. 29. The Patriots remain unbeaten, 5-0, as they go on the road to take on Edgerton Friday, Oct. 6. “We knew going into the game that they had a very good run offense. I thought we were able to slow them down early, and we were able to control the game with our run attack,” said head coach Rex Metzger. In the first…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 04, 2023
    The Luverne Cardinals football team traveled to Blue Earth Friday, Sept. 29. The Cardinals handed the Buccaneers a 30-7 loss and are now 4-1 on the season going into next week’s homecoming game against Pipestone. Luverne will be defending the Battle Axe this year against the Arrows Friday, Oct. 6. “Winning back-to-back road games isn’t easy, and our team found a way to get that done,” head…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 04, 2023
    The H-BC girls’ volleyball team gave up two matches this past week. The Patriots lost to Murray County Central 3-0 Tuesday, Sept. 26, at home and fell to Russell Tyler Ruthton 3-0 on the road Thursday, Sept. 28. H-BC was scheduled to host Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Tuesday, Oct. 3, and will participate in a tournament at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall Friday, Oct. 6, and…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen, sports editor
    October 04, 2023
    The Luverne Cardinals boys’ and girls’ cross country teams traveled to St. James Tuesday, Sept. 26. The girls’ varsity 5,000-meter team took fourth place, and the girls’ junior varsity 1,600-meter team finished in first place. The boys’ varsity and junior varsity teams did not place due to not having enough runners. The Cardinals participated in the Willmar Glacial Lake Invite on Saturday,…
  • By Scott Rall, Outdoors columnist
    October 04, 2023
    I find it interesting that no matter where you live or what kinds of outside activities you enjoy, there is always a desire to see and experience new things. I never get tired of a good wildlife ride exploring the prairie landscapes in my state. Even with this deep appreciation for this kind of ecosystem, I still find a need to explore further from home. I make these explorations to different…
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