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Southwest Conference All-Conference Baseball Team

The Southwest Conference has released their 2013 All-Conference Baseball Team

All-Conference
Blake Rogers, SR, Worthington
Deron Soderholm, SR, Worthington
Ryan Lee, JR, Worthington
Kyle Luhmann, SR, Jackson County Central
Tanner Menke, SR, Jackson County Central
Taylor Christopher, SR, Jackson County Central
Skyler Wenninger, SR, Luverne
Reed Skattum, SR, Luverne
Matt Overgaard, SR, Luverne
Josh Slieter, JR, Luverne
Gunnar Olson, JR, Luverne
Colton Peterson, SR, Marshall
Aaron Mathiowetz, SR, Marshall
Derek Buysee, SR, Marshall
Logan Swann, SR, Redwood Valley


Southwest Conference All-Conference Softball Team

The Southwest Conference has released their 2013 All-Conference Softball Team

All-Conference
KC Riley, SR, Worthington
Brooke Klontz, SR, Jackson County Central
Marita Rasche, SR, Jackson County Central
Jasmine Erickson, SR, Jackson County Central
Brittany Woodke, JR, Jackson County Central
Tasia Woelber, SR, Pipestone
Tiffany Woelber, SR, Pipestone
Paige Petersen, SR, Pipestone
Amanda Haupert, SR, Pipestone
Kelly Nettik, JR, Pipestone
Ellen Dahl, JR, Luverne
Tara Sudenga, JR, Luverne
Kristen Reisdorfer, JR, Luverne
Brooke Louwagie, SR, Marshall


FEMA denies aid to West, Texas for blast

HOUSTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.

According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." FEMA has, however, provided emergency funds to individual residents.


Barn and calves lost in rural Bigelow fire

BIGELOW – Twenty-seven calves and a barn were lost Tuesday evening during a fire in rural Bigelow, according to Bigelow Fire Chief Paul Hohensee.

The fire department was called out at approximately 8:45 p.m. after a neighbor noticed smoke and headed over to the farm near Lake Bella. Hohensee said the property owners were not home at the time of the incident. The neighbor called 911, but when the Bigelow Fire Department arrived, the barn was totally engulfed in flames.

“We protected all of his surrounding buildings - the barn had way too big a head start on us,” Hohensee said.


Water Quality Pilot Program Launched

On Monday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton officially launched a new agricultural water quality pilot program designed to enhance water quality in the state. The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification program is the first of its kind in the nation and is the product of a state-federal Memorandum of Understanding signed by Governor Dayton, Secretary Vilsack and former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in January 2012.


JCSO releases details of Lakefield man's fatal crash

JACKSON – A Lakefield man who was found dead in his vehicle Friday in Clear Lake failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, according to information released Monday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.


Franken Requests Feed Aid to Minnesota Farmers

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Al Franken sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting assistance in alleviating the feed and forage shortage facing livestock producers in southern Minnesota. In his letter, Franken expresses an urgen request for waiving USDA rules against harvesting emergency forage crops before the November 1st date.

Find the full letter below, as dictated by the Al Franken official website.


The Honorable Tom Vilsack Secretary
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250


Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic Honors

The Minnesota Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association has also released their Team and Individual Academic Honors for the 2013 season.

Teams earning Gold Awards (Team GPA of 3.75 or greater) include Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in Class A

Teams earning Silver Awards (Team GPA of 3.50 or greater) include Adrian, Windom and Southwestern United in Class A. In Class AA, Jackson County Central and Luverne earned Silver Awards as well.


Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Star Girls Softball Series

A number of area athletes will take part in the 25th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Girls Softball Series on June 9th, co-sponsored by the Minnesota High School Fastpitch Coaches Association and the National Softball Association. In all, 72 seniors have been chosen to take part in the All-Star Series. The event will be held at Caswell Park in North Mankato on Sunday June 9th with opening ceremonies to begin at 11:30am


Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches' Association All-State Teams

The Minnesota Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association has released their All-State Team for the 2013 season.

On the Class A All-State Team, Mountain Lake Area senior Janessa Peters and Murray County Central senior Taylor Schreier were chosen to the Class A All-State Second Team.