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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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Photo of the Day: Calling all bus drivers

Wadena-Deer Creek Transit Director Tim Wohlert speaks to one of his drivers from his office in Wadena. Wohlert's buses pick up students in 19 area townships. The WDC schools were running two hours late Tuesday morning due to heavy snowfall Monday. Photo by Brian Hansel, Pioneer Journal


WDC Elementary turning to trimester grading

Trimester grade reporting is coming to Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary this fall.


Can Twins save Gardy from the ax this season?

No one who has ever seen Ron Gardenhire would say he has a turkey neck, but whatever he has, it will be on the chopping block this season.


Moenkedick leads Pirates past Comets

Teresa Moenkedick canned 25 points and dished out 10 assists Feb. 21 as the Verndale Pirates trounced the Hillcrest Comets 64-37.


Lakers saddle Wolverines with 84-53 defeat

Robb Flint saw 12 of his Detroit Lakes players contribute to scoring Tuesday night as the Lakers routed Wadena-Deer Creek 84-53 in a Mid-State Conference tilt.


Wolverines end regular season with a 71-62 win

Hope Theisen scored 19 points and Caitlin Volkmann added 14 as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines topped the Panthers 71-62 Feb. 21 at Park Rapids.


Cold floor shooting dooms Pirates

The Verndale Pirates shot a cool 29 percent from the field Tuesday night in dropping a 61-47 decision to the Nevis Tigers.


Four area matmen qualify for Class A state tournament

Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale’s Dillon Card earned a return trip to state Feb. 23 as the sophomore grappler claimed the 182-pound championship in the Section 6A individual wrestling tournament in Wadena.


Photo of the Day: Flight of the penguin

A Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) operator used a penguin-adorned road grader to push snow and slush across the busy intersection of Highway 10 and Highway 71 Tuesday morning in Wadena.


Superintendent job goes to Westrum

Lee Westrum and his family have a reason to be excited about their future.


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One of those real diversions is fast approaching

There are polite diversions in life, and then there are the real ones. Speaking for those who enjoy hunting, we are closing in on the real ones.


Vikings have work cut out for them

If your head is whirling about Minnesota’s prospects for the upcoming NFL football season you would do well to open a window and find the cap for your epoxy glue. The 2012 Vikings have a lot of hard work ahead of them.


Clues to Twins’ slow starts can be found in weather and gambling

While listening to a Sunday morning sports talk show out of the Twin Cities a couple weeks ago, I heard a caller complain about how the Minnesota Twins always seem to play lousy baseball for the first couple months of the season.


Zig will have himself a roof, but what about the foundation?

When my wife and I were looking for our first home years ago, we were told that the two most important features of any house are the roof and the foundation. There are a number of things you can do to increase the value of a house – carpeting, wood work, windows, curtains – but you better have a good roof and a good foundation or you might end up with a fancy shack.


Nostalgia, and $975 million, should get a new stadium built for the Purple Gang

Now that the boys have cooked up a deal for a new Vikings Pleasure Palace in downtown Minneapolis they want support from the media. After all, they still have to secure the blessings of the Minnesota Legislature. When you are taking on a body like that you need all the help you can get.

Vikings’ problems go much deeper than a player or two

Now that the 2012 NFL regular season is over and the Minnesota Vikings have nowhere to play, the time seems right to take a look back at the blunders they made and pass some judgments. Everyone knows that hindsight is 20-20.

Goodbye to a great companion

My wife and I have been without kids during our 32 years of marriage but we have never been without a dog.

Vikes’ defense needs major overhaul

It should be as clear as glass after last Monday’s 45-7 loss to Green Bay that the Minnesota Vikings need some serious help on defense.

That danged trail camera is trouble

My kids gave me a swell trail camera for my birthday this spring to replace the one that was fried by lightning last summer. I have been able to get pictures and video of wildlife both day and night on our farm. The camera will time stamp the pictures. It is great, but it is also dangerous!

Loss of CRP will mean loss of pheasants

It’s just a hunch, but maybe a person does not need a crystal ball to see into the future. Common sense can be a pretty good substitute.