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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Collin and Drew Cramlet caught this nice smallmouth bass while fishing on an area lake on July 5.
EAGLES HORSESHOE LEAGUE Monday Night Standings Jerry Zastrow/Judy Carlson — 35 points Jim Syverson/Dale Anderson — 34 Gary Stotesbery/Mike Dunn — 34 Shawn Carlson/Cody Smith — 25 Mary Botten/Jolene Olson — 25 Jerry Nelson/Darren Barten — 22 Jeff Thompson/Dave Olson — 22 Brian Larson/Brad Mattocks — 22 Leonard Cosby/Cassandra Cosby — 20 Tony Slaamot/Bill Thoennes — 10
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.
The process of establishing a semipro football team in Alexandria keeps moving forward. JJ Kern is the owner of the Midwest Premier Football League (MPFL) and head coach of the Tri-City North Stars based out of Grand Forks. He was in Alexandria on June 30 as he continues to take the necessary steps to bring a semipro team back to the area since the early 2000s when the Alexandria Mustangs played in the Great Plains League.
Hunters can apply starting Friday, July 1, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 19. Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 20-21 (Thur.-Fri., code 668) or Oct. 29-30 (Sat.-Sun., code 669). A total of 4,000 permits, with 2,000 per two-day hunt, will be available. The bag limit for this year's hunt is one, and hunters must purchase a regular archery license that is valid for either sex.