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  • By Scot Rall, Outdoor Columnist
    September 13, 2023
    Last week I started a multi-part column on what it takes to create a new public land. A quick review of last week. We start only with a willing seller who has reached out to a resource agency or a non-profit like Pheasants Forever and indicate they would like to sell their property for a conservation purpose. The parcel is initially reviewed, and if it fits a specific conservation mission, it is…
  • By Minnesota DNR
    September 13, 2023
    Southwest region pheasant numbers saw significant, triple-digit increases in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual roadside pheasant survey. “Pheasant hunters certainly have reason to cheer in the southwest region this year and we also saw increases in the west central portions of the state,” said Tim Lyons, Minnesota DNR upland game research scientist. “Other regions saw…
  • By Scott Rall, outdoors columnist
    September 06, 2023
    I was asked a while back about what goes into the decisions made when land is purchased for habitat restoration. This is a topic many folks are curious about so I thought I would explain in a multi-week column just what happens when new public lands are added in your county. When you see a new Wildlife Management Area pop up in your area, it’s hard to believe that many of them have been in the…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    September 06, 2023
    The Luverne football team faced off against Worthington Thursday, Aug. 31, at home. The Cardinals beat the Trojans 25-20, holding off a second half surge by Worthington. In the first quarter, senior Elliot Domagala turned a 15-yard run into Luverne’s first six points. Senior Patrick Kroski missed the extra point field goal to keep the lead to six. In the second quarter, junior Marcos Diaz…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    September 06, 2023
    The Patriots hosted Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Thursday, Aug. 31, in nine-man football competition. The Patriots beat the Coyotes 51-6 in the opening season game. The Patriots did not waste any time scoring, taking their first drive into the end zone with a nine-yard pass from sophomore Jamin Metzger to junior Jackson Gacke. Meztger converted on a two-point rush, giving the Patriots an 8-0 lead…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    September 06, 2023
    The Luverne cross country team participated in the Metcalf Invitational at Mountain Lake Golf Course Friday, Sept. 1. Luverne was one of 15 teams at the event. In the varsity and junior varsity events, the Cardinals had 11 runners place in the Top 15. Junior Owen Janiszeski and senior Jenna DeBates each placed first as individual champions in the 5,000 meter. “I thought we did a nice job of…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    September 06, 2023
    The Luverne Redbirds lost to the Bluffton Braves 1-0 Saturday, Sept. 2, in Dassel, ending an extended playoff season that boasted a 26-2 record. The Braves were able to score one run in the first inning, and that is where the score stood for the entire game. Late in the seventh inning the Cardinals looked as if they might tie the game up. Nick Smith got walked with two outs. Smith then…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    September 06, 2023
    The Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball team went on the road to take on Viborg, South Dakota, Tuesday, Aug. 29. The Patriots gave up the first two games 25-21 and 26-24 to the Cougars. “At first we definitely had some first game jitters and made quite a few unforced errors in the first two games,” head coach Meghan Zylstra said. In Game 3, the H-BC athletes collected themselves and won the game 30-…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    September 06, 2023
    The Cardinals volleyball team is 3-1 for the season after a series of games over the past week. Luverne lost to Southwest Christian 3-0 Tuesday, Aug. 29, on the road. The Cardinals beat Murray County Central and West Lyon 2-0 in both games Thursday, Aug. 31, at a Luverne Triangular. Luverne was scheduled to take on Marshall on the road Tuesday, Sept. 5, and will travel to Westbrook Walnut…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    September 06, 2023
    Following are racing results for local drivers competing in Luverne, Rock Rapids, Hartford, Slayton, Worthington and Brandon for the week of Aug. 29 – Sept. 4.   Murray County Speedway Slayton, MN Last race of the season, Hub City Rumble, is scheduled for Sept. 30.   I-90 Speedway Sept. 2 - Hartford, SD Blake Schneekloth, #10 from Brandon DNF the A Feature Hobby Stock race. He placed…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    August 31, 2023
    (above) Ben Serie celebrates winning the game against Plato 4-3, in the bottom of the ninth inning Aug. 26 in Delano. Serie beat the throw to home plate after teammate Derek Lundgren hit a line drive toward third base for the walk-off win.   The Luverne Redbirds are headed to the Sweet 16 of the 2023 Class C Baseball State Tournament. The Redbirds knocked off the Plato Blue Jays in a walk-off 4…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    August 31, 2023
    (above) Senior Sarah Stegenga vollies against her River Valley Coop opponent Monday, Aug. 28, at the Luverne tennis courts. The Luverne girls’ tennis team beat Lac Qui Parle 5-2 and Montevideo 5-2 on the road Aug. 24, won the Worthington Tournament Aug. 26, and fell to River Valley Coop 4-3 at home Aug. 28. The Luverne tennis team is scheduled to host Fairmont Tuesday, Aug. 29 and travel to Blue…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    August 31, 2023
    (above) Patriots’ sophomore Abbie Harris (from left), senior Silvia Fick, freshman Brynn Bakken and senior Grace Anderson celebrate their comeback against Central Minnesota Christian Aug. 26.   The Hills-Beaver Creek volleyball team traveled to Adrian for a quad tournament Saturday, Aug. 26. The Patriots played without two of their main players, senior Lanae Elbers and sophomore Claire Knobloch…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    August 31, 2023
    (above) Men’s Club Tournament winners are (from left) First Flight winner Nathan Nekali, President’s Flight winner Gaige Nath, Club Champion Ben Nath and Second Flight winner Mike Wenninger. Not pictured: Third Flight winner Dave Gangestad and Fourth Flight winner Brady Dinger.   Ben Nath won the Men’s Club Championship Aug. 19-20 and Melissa Sandbulte won the Women’s Club Championship on Aug.…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    August 31, 2023
    The Luverne cross country team started the 2023 season participating in the Beresford, South Dakota, XC Invite Friday, Aug. 25. Luverne was among 30 teams invited to the event at the Bridges Golf Course. “I was super proud of each and every runner today that had the courage to stand on the starting line and test their limits,” said Luverne head coach Peter Janiszeski. The Cardinals had six Top 20…
  • By Greg Hoogeveen
    August 31, 2023
    The Luverne volleyball team traveled to Fairmont for the Cardinals’ first game of the season Saturday, Aug. 26, taking three games 25-15, 25-19 and 29-19. Junior Amira Cowell led Luverne with 15 set assists, and junior Hannah Sneller had 10 set assists. Junior Ella Reisdorfer had nine kills for the Cardinals, senior Morgan Ahrendt had eight kills, senior Kira John had seven kills and senior Tori…
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