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Brady was about as excited as I’ve ever seen him after he dropped that first dove. After last year’s mentored deer hunt when the deer came up close and personal, but got away, made dropping that dove a good memory to replace the disappointment of last year’s youth deer hunt. Brady, now 11, w…

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“Anyone can beat anyone on a given day,” may be a worn out sports cliché. When it comes to Middle Border conference football this cliché may be right on. Just two weeks into the conference race just two teams, the St. Croix Central Panthers and the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks, remain unbeat…

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The Osceola Chieftain golf team is slowly edging in the right direction. With their sixth place finish at Pheasant Hills in Hammond last week, Osceola has moved up into a tie with Somerset for seventh place in the MBC standings. 

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It is not at all how Osceola volleyball coach Holly Johnson and her Chieftain athletes wanted to prepare for the upcoming Middle Border conference season. Osceola had only one event last week, the Chieftain Invitational, but unfortunately it came on the tail end of homecoming week. Osceola a…

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The Osceola Chieftain golf team got off to a slow start in Middle Border conference play this season. It looks like Osceola has persevered through the valley and is now starting to climb the hill. The Chieftains competed in a 9-hole Middle Border conference event at Bristol Ridge in Somerset…

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There is no doubt that when Osceola Chieftain tennis coach Beth Friedrichsen saw her roster at 25 athletes for the first day of practice she was smiling from ear to ear. Yes, the big numbers that she was looking at would make her and assistant coach Brent Bundgaard’s jobs more difficult, but…

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That first pair of blue winged teal came in fast and low on the opening day of the early season. It took a moment to make that positive identification before we were able to shoot and that was all it took. Cutting in low and fast they were in and out before we could get off a good clean shot…

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The Osceola Chieftain volleyball team got what they needed as they readied themselves for Middle Border conference play —  lots of experience. Their most recent contest resulted in a three game sweep of the Hayward Hurricanes. Next up for Osceola will be the Chieftain Invitational, played at…

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Before the season started the Osceola Chieftain cross country team appeared to have a chance to be very good, at least on paper. Osceola returned most of the squad from last year when both the girls and boys teams placed first in their respective Sectional races and finished their season at …

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The Osceola Chieftain soccer team went on the road last Saturday to challenge the Menomonie Mustangs in a non-conference matchup. Osceola went into the game having played some pretty solid soccer so far this season but was still in search of their first win having lost their first three games.

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It was only the first Middle Border conference football game of the season but it is hard to believe that there will be a better one than there was last week at Robert W. Vesperman athletic complex in Osceola. The New Richmond Tigers came to town to challenge the Chieftains and left with a 3…

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On paper the start of the season for the Osceola Chieftain soccer team would be a challenge. Osceola returned just one senior, Hahns Huebsch, who played on the 2018 Chieftain team. Last season Osceola started play with just 12 players with four of them now graduated. The Chieftains have buil…

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Three weeks ago my brother Richard called to tell me his orioles had left. I noticed mine disappeared from the feeder August 21.  I’m experiencing much quieter mornings without the bird songs of summer.  Now it looks like the grosbeaks have flown the coop too, taking their song south! So, wh…

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It was a very good summer for Osceola Chieftain volleyball standout Makena Hollman. No doubt she did the things that most high school seniors-to-be did but she also had time for her favorite sport, volleyball. Hollman played on an AAU team based in North Saint Paul that in the past has been …

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The Osceola Chieftain golf team is seeking consistency and last week it appeared that they are starting to get it. Osceola had a pair of meets starting with the Somerset Spartan Invitational, an 18-hole Invitational tournament held at Bristol Ridge. The Chieftains ended their week with a 9-h…

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After all of the hard early season practices the Osceola Chieftain volleyball team finally got a chance to see how they matched up against some of the other area high school teams. The early season glimpse looks very good for Osceola. The Chieftains traveled to St. Croix Central to compete i…

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Results: The St. Croix Falls Saints golf team competed in an 18-hole tournament at Bristol Ridge in Somerset. St. Croix Falls finished in eighth place among the varsity teams competing. St. Croix shot a team score of 504 which was their best 18-hole score of the season. The Saints finished j…

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The Osceola Chieftain tennis team put together an impressive Middle Border conference team win at Mondovi before falling to a powerful New Richmond Tiger squad in a home contest. These were the first two Middle Border conference matches of the season for the Chieftains.

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My garden has gone nuts this year. I’ve got broccoli heads the size of basketballs and sweet corn higher than I can reach. Yellow beans, zukes, onions, greens and squash are fighting the annual battle of weeds vs. veggies and winning! I have a fight with weeds every year. I lost the last bat…

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The inexperienced Osceola Chieftain tennis team got exactly what they needed last week at their own Chieftain Invitational. They got good weather and lots of matches as a total of eight teams participated at the big event. Osceola is still searching for a consistent lineup to use when Middle…

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School hadn’t even started yet in Osceola but that didn’t keep the Chieftain golfers from getting in a ton of competition last week. Osceola started their week by hosting the first Middle Border conference event of the season. Two days later the Chieftains golfed in an 18-hole get-together a…

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It probably couldn’t have been a much better start to the season for Osceola Chieftain football coach Scott Newton. Osceola made the 125 mile trip to Arcadia to open the season against the Raiders.

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The Kinnickinnic River, called the Kinni by those who know and love it, flows through gently rolling hills and farmlands of St. Croix County and the City of River Falls where two dams block the river’s flow. Once through the city the Kinni passes through a protected pristine river valley to …

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Osceola Legion Baseball, what a way to extend a high school player’s season. This year the team fielded 16 young and talented athletes from the Osceola High School, consisting of four seniors, four juniors, and eight sophomores. Sixteen is a good number to have, considering all these players…

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They say to choose your battles wisely. The same could be said about fishing. I hear so many people say how they struggle catching fish this time of year and in most cases it’s true, but it needn’t be. The people who struggle in August do so because they fish now like they did in May. It cou…

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It starts in the spring when morel mushrooms and wild asparagus pop up for people who love the fresh flavor of tasty wild foods. About the same time spring fishing and turkey hunting come onboard. Add fresh fish and truly free-range turkey to make a meal fit for a king.

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“It got so bad that I couldn’t drink a glass of water without spilling it all over myself.”

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Considering the rollercoaster-like season that the Braves have been having this year, it’s difficult to comprehend how they have maintained a chance at making the playoffs as the season begins to concludes.

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The historic Chippewa River flows through the heart of Wisconsin, its recorded presence dating back to the Ojibwa people who controlled most of the upper Chippewa. During the logging era it floated 34% of Wisconsin’s finest white pine forest that built most of today’s largest Midwestern citi…