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Brian Hansel

Brian Hansel, 54, is a native of Dalton where he presently resides with his wife, Marilyn. The Hansels have three grown children, Brooke, John and Deanna. Hansel worked for the The Daily Journal in Fergus Falls for 27 years prior to joining the Pioneer Journal. His main beats were sports and outdoors. He also did general assignment news features and photography. Hansel’s interests include hunting, fishing, photography and biking.

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A snowmobiler’s paradise

A snowmobiler enjoyed jumping his Polaris Classic on Feb. 16 in a field near Sunnybrook Park. A wealth of snow has created some excellent snowmobiling conditions in the area. Photo by Brian Hansel, Pioneer Journal


Trapshooting club, tennis co-op approved by school board

The WDC School Board gave the green light to a pair of sports-related proposals Monday.


Trojans oust Raiders from Section 6A tourney

The Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale Raiders’ bid for a Section 6A championship came up short Feb. 16 in a 44-24 semifinal loss to Barnesville in the Wadena-Deer Creek gym.


Pirates tack up 71-50 win over Trojans

The Verndale Pirates went 21 of 26 at the foul stripe Tuesday in reeling off a 71-50 victory over Park Region Conference foe Sebeka.


Pirates win Park Region Conference title; Moenkedick breaks school scoring record

Art Schluttner’s Verndale cagers won their first Park Region Conference title, and Teresa Moenkedick broke the school scoring record Tuesday night as the Pirates topped New York Mills 72-49.


Wolverines bow to Hornets, Panthers

The Frazee Hornets limited Wadena-Deer Creek’s offense to 10 points in the first half Monday night in a 59-36 non-conference cage victory.


Eagles oust Wolverines from Section 6A tournament

Jason Omann and Jared Christen were bad news for Wadena-Deer Creek on Tuesday night as the talented duo led St. Cloud Apollo to a 10-0 victory in Section 6A playoff action at the Municipal Athletic Complex.


Wolverines hand Bears 65-39 loss

Hope Theisen tacked up 17 points as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines won their fourth straight game Tuesday night on the Bertha-Hewitt court by a 65-39 margin.


Boxing card on tap March 2 in Wadena


Photo of the Day: Working on fundamentals

Bereket Loer, left, Lucas Hinojos and Tony Kreklau work on their left-handed dribbling skills Tuesday afternoon in a basketball practice session at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School. Photo by Brian Hansel, Pioneer Journal


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How do you sell the 2011 Vikings?

When the National Football League was in flower 40 years ago, one of the best teams of all was the Minnesota Vikings.

Injury-riddled Twins on the outside looking in

When they write a wrap-up about the 2011 Minnesota Twins in seven weeks there will be a lot of fans who will be writing off the season to injury problems.

Waterfowl changes should help but how about a few more?

Sportsmen have been clamoring for changes in the Minnesota waterfowl season for years without making any real headway.

Love flying? Oshkosh is the place by gosh

Back in June while taking aerial shots of Wadena I was lucky enough to get a good tip from Larry Brincefield, a local pilot, and now I am passing it on.


Vikings are part of state’s fabric

In a perfect world it does not take 1,100 millions to build a football stadium for our Minnesota Vikings and No. 1 draft choice Christian Ponder really turns out to be our next superstar quarterback.

Twins back in their element

There are half a dozen major league teams having good Junes. There is nothing surprising about that. What is surprising, given their lousy start, is that the Minnesota Twins are one of them.

Twins top stars sit and watch

It is fairly clear from the lack of playing time that Ron Gardenhire is giving his stars down in Florida that he figures he has a pat hand this season.

Twins will be good, but how good?

So where will Ron Gardenhire be taking his Minnesota Twins this season?

Vikings hunt is finished; time to look to next year

I have owned gun dogs that are good at reminding me of a rule you always obey in upland hunting — once you start out on a hunt you better not stop. That dog is not going to stop until it hits paydirt so if you do it is your own fault if the bird flushes wild.

First taste of winter can confound wildlife

A pheasant rooster standing on a yard in town, a Hungarian partridge on our front step, four big turkeys under a bird feeder and a wolf sleeping on West Battle Lake.