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The first Depot Ice Fishing Tournament hosted anglers on Lake Agnes on Feb. 21 with Ashley Scanton winning the tournament after landing an 8.78-pound northern. Second through fourth place went to Mike Trainor, John Vega and Shawn Solum, respectively, with all four catching perch that weighed 0.50 pound. Perch took eight of the top 10 spots in the tournament, with one crappie weighing 0.48 pound taking fifth for Rick Roetch.
The West Central Area girls basketball team lost its regular-season finale last Friday night as Hancock (13-10) interrupted Senior Night for the Knights with a 47-31 win. "The game started out with Hancock leading 16-0 and we could never cut the lead to less than eight points throughout the night," WCA head coach Eric Schoenbauer said. "This was a disappointing way to send out our seniors, but luckily there will still be another chance to show a home crowd a better performance."
The Minnewaska boys basketball team had a solid season come to an end this past Saturday as second-seeded Montevideo won a 65-40 game at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The Thunder Hawks (21-7) secured their spot in the section championship against Jackson County Central (22-5) by shooting 55 percent (22-of-40) overall, 5-of-16 from three and 16-of-21 from the free throw line. The third-seeded Lakers were within five points at 31-26 at the break but got outscored 34-14 after halftime.
The Osakis girls basketball team wrapped up a share of the Prairie Conference championship in emphatic fashion by rolling past a winless St. John's Prep team, 67-20 last Friday night. It sends the Silverstreaks into the Section 6AA-West tournament on a 13-game winning streak after they also made easy work of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa last Thursday night in a 61-30 win over the Jaguars.
Deadlines for removing fish houses, dark houses and portable shelters from state waterways were announced by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources this week. Dates of removal are determined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Highway 10, east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Hwy. 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.
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