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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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WDC down to 3 superintendent candidates

Superintendents Lee Westrum, Kevin Wellen and Christopher Mills will be in Wadena on Saturday to interview for the Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent position being vacated by Dr. Virginia Dahlstrom.


Larsen boosts Lakers past Blue Devils

Randa Larsen’s overtime goal helped Detroit Lakes oust Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 3-2 Feb. 9 in the first round of the Section 6A hockey playoffs.


Raiders move into Section 6A semifinals

Mike Barthel’s fourth-ranked Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders won eight matches Tuesday night in a 43-27 Section 6A team tournament victory over fifth-ranked Pelican Rapids.


Ehrmantraut cans 22 as Pirates trip Eagles

Dallas Ehrmantraut tallied 22 points Feb. 8, as the Verndale Pirates chalked up a 67-55 win over New York Mills.


Perez falls in main event bout with Roers

Wadena’s Jose Perez lost his heavyweight fight with St. Cloud’s Joe Roers in the main event of the Wadena Boxing Club’s Feb. 9 card at the National Guard Armory.


Wolverines snap 11-game win drought

The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines managed to shake off an 11-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 67-63 overtime victory over Bertha-Hewitt.


Wolverines rally past Storm in 20-goal slugfest

A different Wadena-Deer Creek team skated out on the ice to start the second period Tuesday night.


Miron, Wolverines silence Thunder

Senior Emily Miron dominated the post Tuesday night, scoring 35 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking seven shots in a 73-52 drubbing of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.


Wolverines bow to Cowboys 45-36 in Section 6A

Norm Gallant’s ninth-ranked Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines suffered a 45-36 loss to eighth-ranked Breckenridge-Campbell-Tintah on Tuesday in Section 6A team action in Barnesville.


Pirates extend win streak to nine games

The Verndale Pirates extended their unbeaten string to nine games Tuesday by defeating Park Region Conference rival Sebeka 66-48 at Verndale.


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Wilfs take that first hard step

Shoving Brad Childress out the door was a sign by Zygi and Mark Wilf that big changes are in the wind for the Minnesota Vikings.

Bigger than a state title

Volleyball team showed grit that defines the area

Hunters, non-hunters must co-exist

The year they opened the Fergus Falls Goose Refuge to hunting, the city police department started taking calls from angry home owners near the Otter Tail River early one morning.

Some unvarnished truth about conservation officers

Henry David Thoreau, the famous American author of the 19th century, said, “It takes two to speak the truth — one to speak, and another to hear.”

The Adventures of Brett Favre

The 2010 National Football League season has been a frustrating one for Minnesota fans and that frustration has a face — it wears a scratchy beard.

Farmers have huge impact on wildlife quality

It has been a nice change this fall to see farmers busy bringing in their crops. There were soybean-laden semis chasing by our place on their way to the elevator all day last Saturday. There are a lot of brown cornfields ready to be combined as soon as the beans are done. Unless the Heavens open up and deluge us with rain the harvest could be done by the first week of November.

Moss making timely return to Minnesota

When the Minnesota Vikings drafted Randy Moss in 1998 it was a daring but risky move. Now their season suddenly depends on how well their former wideout can play at the age of 33.

Vikings rate as a big surprise

A lot of fans are worried about the Minnesota Vikings after their less-than-stellar start. There is a poll out that asks fans which NFL team’s start has surprised them the most. Leading the pack is our Vikings.

Forget the Vikings, the Twins are the ones to watch

The return of Brett Favre is supposed to have Minnesota fans frothing at the mouth but the Mississippi Marvel has not played enough football this year to regain his 2009 form.

Now we’re ready for some football

Now that the 2010 Minnesota Vikings are finally in the same state perhaps we can look forward to some football.