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I was fishing with my friend Shane Gesell recently near Alexandria.  It was on this trip that I remembered why netting the fish that’s on the end of your line can be a good idea.  Actually, it’s a good idea for several reasons.  Following are some of those reasons. 

The Otter Tail County (OTC) 15U season came to a heartbreaking end with an eight-inning loss to Barnesville in the quarterfinals of the state tournament in Henning Saturday.  OTC ended up going 3-1 in the state tournament, outscoring their opponents 33-11. 

The 14U Otters baseball team traveled to Hamm Lake this past weekend to participate in the Minnesota Sports Federation 14U AA state tournament. The Otters went 2-0 in pool play, but lost in bracket play to eventual state champions, the Morris Tigers.

The Pebble Lake Youth Triathlon hosted its seventh annual event Friday at Pebble Lake Beach after last year’s layoff due to COVID mandates. While attendance wasn’t as large as in year’s past with 44 total registered the event still had a strong field of competitors.

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The Fergus Falls 12U Otters baseball team traveled to Sartell on July 23 for the MSF State Tournament. The Otters ended their season after losing in the first bracket-play game.

Otter Tail County (OTC) 15U stole the lead late and defeated Holdingford 6-3 on Friday. The game was tied at three with OTC batting in the top of the sixth when Nick Liebold induced Owen Harig to hit into a fielder's choice, but one run scored.

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Otter Tail County (OTC) 15U stole the lead late and defeated Holdingford 6-3 on Friday. The game was tied at three with OTC batting in the top of the sixth when Nick Liebold induced Owen Harig to hit into a fielder's choice, but one run scored.

Otter Tail Central (OTC) 15U opened the Babe Ruth State Tournament at Tony Kawlewski Field in Henning going 2-0 in convincing fashion against Nevis and Warroad.  OTC defeated Nevis 11-2 and Warroad 14-2 behind great pitching and timely hitting.  The Bulldogs played fantastic defense and ran …

The Fergus Falls Hurricanes trounced the Vergas Loons 11-0 in a Sunday night showdown to capture the Countryside League title for a first-round bye in the Region 16C playoffs.

Otter Tail Central (OTC) 15U fell to Fergus Falls 7-6 on Saturday on the final play of the game.  The game was tied at six with Fergus Falls batting in the bottom of the seventh when Alex Ellison singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring one run.

Otter Tail Central (OTC) 13U Dawgs captured the state title by defeating Baxter 16-3 Sunday in New York Mills.  The Dawgs of OTC went 6-0 in state play beating their competition 60-11 with their closest game being vs. Paynesville Friday afternoon 6-5. The Dawgs had scored 60 runs to 11 oppon…

The Fergus Falls Otter 14U team competed in district tournament play this weekend and came away with a second-place finish. The game was played in Evansville.

With summer here it’s easy to overlook all the hard work being done by athletes in the offseason but with the opening of the Otter Hockey Strength and Performance Center in January — coupled with getting ice back on the rink for the first time in 10 years for summer training — investing time…

She broke barriers in an era when few noticed. And she went to her grave never knowing that she was an Olympic champion. 

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The Fergus Falls 12U hosted Wahpeton, North Dakota, on Thursday night and swept the visiting team by the scores of 9-3 and 10-2.

On July 9-10 the Fergus Falls Youth Soccer Association's (FFYSA) U14 boys Cyclones soccer team participated in the Rotary Cup Soccer Tournament held in Detroit Lakes. This is a large multiteam tournament held annually at the end of the spring/summer travel season. FFYSA has been sending many…

The 10U Otters traveled to Wahpeton Wednesday night to take on the Huskies for their final two regular season games.  They came out on top twice — winning the opener 18-7 and taking the nightcap 9-7.

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The Fergus Falls 13U Babe Ruth team improved their overall record to 20-2 and won the Lakes Region Babe Ruth Tournament hosted in Breckenridge and earned an opportunity to play in the 13U state Babe Ruth tournament in New York Mills and Henning this coming week.

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The Otter Tail Central 13U baseball team, the Dawgs, take second place in the District 6 tournament to advance to state tournament play. The Dawgs had third place wrapped up and could only try to get a better place by winning games Sunday. Starting 11 a.m. Sunday the Dawgs started a three-ga…

TOKYO — Fans will be banned from Tokyo-area stadiums and arenas when the Olympics begin in two weeks, the city's governor said Thursday after meeting with organizers of the pandemic-postponed games.

The United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA) is hosting their first Midwest regional tournament in the organization’s history in Fergus Falls at Pebble Lake Golf Course from July 18-20. The organization is also celebrating another milestone of 75 years in existence.

With ongoing drought increasing the risk of wildfire in northern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges off-road vehicle, heavy equipment and agricultural operators to be cautious in these dry conditions, as they could unintentionally spark a fire.

The Fergus Falls Otters 12U team hosted the Moorhead Spuds 12U team on Thursday night at Delagoon for a doubleheader. Under a beautiful night for baseball, the young Otters came away victorious by the scores of 11-7 and 8-7.

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The Fergus Falls 14U baseball team defeated Wheaton 7-3 on Thursday night to complete their regular season league schedule.  

The Fergus Falls Hurricanes could not get their bats going Wednesday as the visiting Moorhead Brewers left American Legion Field with a 2-1 victory.

The Fergus Falls Hurricanes could not get their bats going Wednesday as the visiting Moorhead Brewers left American Legion Field with a 2-1 victory.

HENNING — By defeating Alexandria in both games of a doubleheader Thursday at Tony Kawlewski field in Henning, the Otter Tail Central (OTC) 13U Dawgs won their ninth straight game and move to 16-4 overall.  

Despite seeing its four-run lead whittled down by the end, the Otter Tail Central 15U still held off Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton for a 4-3 victory on Monday. 

The Fergus Falls 10U Otters baseball team traveled to Swanville Sunday for a state qualifier tournament. They came home with the hardware by winning all three games, beating Little Falls 6-5, Long Prairie 5-2 and USA 6-2. 

The Fergus Falls Otters 12U baseball team took third at the Swanville Tournament on Saturday, June 26. The Otters beat Little Falls 5-0, lost to Pierz 12-6 in the semifinals, and beat Upsala Swanville Area 12-2 in the third-place game.

The Otter Tail Central 13U baseball team defeated Detroit Lakes (8-2), Fargo (7-2), and PRBA (12-11) to go 3-0 Saturday to win the Detroit Lakes Round Robin Tournament outright. 

Otter Tail Central advances to 7-4 overall with a conference record of 5-0 behind strong starting pitcher Kale Misegades (5IP) and relief pitcher Drew Evavold (2IP).  Misegades went five innings, struck out nine and gave up three runs on seven hits. 

The recent Minnesota walleye opener saw a couple buddies and I fishing a large lake in central Minnesota known for producing good walleye catches. This lake is one of my favorites and one I have spent more time chasing walleyes on than any other.  Conditions in this particular lake, however,…

The Fergus Falls 14U baseball team used a 14-run first inning to help propel them to a 21-5 victory over the Frazee Hornets Monday. The Otters had 14 hits, and they also took advantage of 10 Hornet walks and seven fielding errors to amass their runs.

Perhaps like many outdoor enthusiasts, Lisa and I have grown to appreciate access to federal lands as we experienced incredible places like Voyageur, Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, Shenandoah and others. The same is true of ventures in Minnesota in the Boundary Waters, Itasca, Gooseberry, Cuyun…

Otter Tail Central (OTC) 13U advances to 4-0 in league play by defeating PRBA Wednesday night.  Ottertail Central 13U is now 6-3 overall, 4-0 league.  The high-powered offense has outscored their opponents 24-12 in league play. 

The Fergus Falls Otter 14U team fell behind early, rallied late to take the lead, but gave up five runs in the top of the seventh to lose 12-8 to a very good Prairie Ridge Baseball Association 1 (PRBA) team. The Titans featured some heavy hitters and fielded extremely well but still the Otte…

Four Fergus Falls baseball players were recognized by the Central Lakes Conference for their performance on the diamond this season.  Seniors Arik Heacox and Ian Stumbo along with junior Carter Thielke, were honored as First Team Central Lakes All-Conference selections with senior Abel Aho r…