Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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The Fourth of July weekend featured some good fishing on local waters for the Harker family of Plymouth. Alex Harker caught a 28-inch walleye on Lake Darling while fishing in 22 feet of water on July 2. He was using a Lindy Rig tipped with a shiner minnow when the walleye hit. Allie Harker was a part of bringing home a nice basket of crappies while fishing in 18 feet of water on Lake Carlos on July 3.
The sister duo of Brynn, 6, and Calli, 7, Olson of Alexandria boated quite a crappie while fishing on Lake Ida the morning of July 1. The Olson family was fishing in about eight feet of water with a tube jig when the fish grabbed hold. "When they got it in the boat they all kind of looked at it with their mouths open and said, 'Holy smokes! That is the biggest one I have ever seen!' their mother, Julie Olson, said. "When they came home we went and got all the neighbors and called the grandpas to come and look at it. It was an exciting day."
Collin and Drew Cramlet caught this nice smallmouth bass while fishing on an area lake on July 5.
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Every four years, the Olympic Games bring with it emotions on both ends of the spectrum for athletes who devote their lives to make the United States' roster in their sport. Those who have their name called have the chance to experience the pinnacle of athletic achievement. Those who fall just short are left with a whirlwind of emotions. Frustration, sadness, anger — Alexandria's Missy Erickson has experienced them all since realizing her dream of making this summer's games in Rio were not going to happen.
Judging by Twitter on June 23, one would assume that the Timberwolves had traded Karl Anthony Towns for peanuts. Minnesota fans have taken a bad rap for not filling any seats at the Target Center over years of futility, but they can be a lively bunch on social networks. I'm of the belief that this state would gladly support a good NBA basketball product, and we're starting to see that with the great young talent that the Wolves have assembled.
When the heat of summer sets in across the Midwest, walleyes can be found a lot of places. Some fish will move into weeds, others will roam shallow flats (especially during low light periods), and others will be found in deeper water relating to "classic" walleye structure like sunken humps, underwater islands, and big points that extend into the main lake. These deep structure fish are some of my favorites to pursue as a fishing guide because they are usually not too difficult to locate, and they often are cooperative during daylight hours when lots of guide trip fishing occurs.
The Alexandria VFW 16s baseball team took a step forward in what this group hopes is the start of an extended stretch of solid play after a rough start to...
The Osakis Hawks baseball team has been knocking on the door as an up-and-coming group in the Resorters League for the last couple summers. This season, they hope to put...
There are still months to go before hunters line the banks of wetlands for waterfowl opener in Minnesota, but those hunters got what might be some encouraging news with recent numbers sent out from the Department of Natural Resources. Though not necessarily a predictor of what hunters will see in September, population counts were up this year for several species of ducks that breed in Minnesota, according to the results of the annual DNR spring waterfowl survey that was released earlier this week.