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Champions were crowned in four divisions in the third annual Aitkin Youth Fastpitch Wiffleball Tourney held at “The Roost”  at Aitkin’s Rippleside Elementary School Sept. 13. Read more

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The Minnesota State High School League board of directors called a special meeting Sept. 21 and voted to move both football and volleyball back to the fall season. Read more

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Well folks, this Saturday we will honor one of Aitkin’s finest, a guy that has been in town since the 1960s, teaching and coaching, and affecting students’ lives along the way. Read more

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Well folks, most of you know that I have a real passion for baseball, especially the kind that was played in the 40s, 50s and 60s when town team amateur ball was at its best. Read more

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Well folks, the decision was made by the MSHSL last week to move football and volleyball to next spring and leave tennis, soccer and cross-country in the fall. Read more

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Community education and the Aitkin tennis program partnered to bring two weeks of tennis instruction to kids, kindergarten through seventh grade. Children were divided into three sections based on age groups. Read more

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Well folks, one of my many favorite baseball players, Roy Campanella who played for the Dodgers before a car accident left him a quadriplegic back in the ’60s, once said, “You have to be a man to play baseball for a living, but you have to have a lot of  little boy in you to play it too.” Read more

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Youth outdoor sports can return to games and scrimmages on Wednesday after being on pause during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota health officials said Friday. Read more

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Well folks, it could have been any summer night 40 years ago at the “wreck hall” at Edgewater Beach Resort on Cedar Lake. Read more

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This team had high expectations for this year and we all looked forward to this spring season. This would have been my 10th year coaching varsity baseball and I don’t know if I have coached a group of kids that cared more about each other than this group. They loved each other, they loved to… Read more

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Well folks, this would normally be the week that I would congratulate the graduates for this year and talk about the athletic exploits of this year’s seniors. And yes, there have been many, but the way this school year has panned out. That is not the case this year. Read more

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Well folks, with Memorial Day coming up next Monday, I have a story that may touch your heart strings a little and may bring a few tears as well as it did when I started to think about telling it. Read more

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May 1, which was opening day on the Jack’s 18 golf course at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge, ended with a first-ever hole-in-one by Henry Wehlage of Lakeville. Henry aced the par three, ninth hole, with a nine-iron from 153 yards. Read more

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Well folks, this past Sunday was Mother’s Day and we hope that everyone had a chance to spend some time with their moms, whether it was live or in some cases through a window at one of the area’s assisted living or nursing home facilities. Read more

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Well folks, there is so much negative to dwell on these days let’s see if we can find something positive to talk about this week. Read more

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Well folks, the official spring sports season was eliminated last week by the order of Governor Tim Walz. A decision that was certainly not a surprise, but it was the latest strike against this year’s seniors in high schools around the state. Read more

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Well folks, to be perfectly honest with you it is getting tougher and tougher each week to find something to write about with the current world situation going on, but we always seem to find something and this week is no exception. Read more

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The Aitkin boys’ basketball team brought an aura of excitement to the Gobbler gymnasium this past season. Part of the reason for the excitement was the addition of 6’ 7” Manni Ukutegbe to the team after Manni and his family moved from Brainerd to Aitkin last summer. Read more

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Well folks, last week I couldn’t take it anymore, I had to take a run up to Woock Field and see if anything was happening and I wasn’t disappointed. Read more

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Well folks, it’s another week and everyone is still in this pandemic known as the coronavirus so there isn’t a lot to talk about, but we’ve got a couple of items for you. Read more

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Former McGregor Mercury basketball star, Shinaana Secody, took her game to a new level, playing for the North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa this past season. Read more

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Four members of the Aitkin Gobbler boys’ basketball team and three members of the girls’ basketball team received Mid States All Conference recognition for achievements on the court. Manni Ukutegbe was named the Mid States co-MVP of the year and earned All Conference honors. Ukutegbe average… Read more

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Well folks, the coronavirus continues to be the top story around the world and I have had the opportunity to chat with someone who has already been through this for the past three months. Read more

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Well folks, we start this week with some sad news as we learned of the passing last week of John Wayrynen of McGregor. Read more

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Four local business: McDonald’s; Dairy Queen; Security State Insurance; and Ryan, Brucker and Kalis, Ltd, recently partnered to purchase game gear for the Gobbler boys’ basketball team. According to boys’ basketball coach Kerry Hopperstad, the idea was initiated about a year ago at the Virgi… Read more

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At the end of the regular winter seasons, curling teams from Aitkin are sitting on top of the open leagues at the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club. Normal Weight is undefeated at 10-0 on Wednesdays and American Peat Technology (APT) is tied in first at 7-1 on Fridays. Read more

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Aitkin senior basketball player, Logan Gabrio, is modest when it comes to being honored. But when his teammates selected Logan as “Best Teammate,” he blushed with humility. Read more

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Well folks, I never thought I would see this day come, a day when there is really no sports to talk about. I have been doing this column since 1977 and I have never seen a week like the past one. Read more

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As the Aitkin Gobbler baseball team prepares for the 2020 season, coach Jeremy Janzen will be able to look up and down his bench and see pitchers everywhere. With the pitch count rule implemented in 2018, having a lot of experience on the mound will be a key to success. Read more