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Are area fans spoiled with their teams’ successes? The fall sports season recently wrapped up and once again there were huge accomplishments for both the Osceola Chieftain and St. Croix Falls Saints teams. Hopefully the athletes who work so hard to perform at their highest level are appreciated. 

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Old dogs and old men can surprise you. Don’t mistake snow on the roof, Grey Hair, because if there is a fire burning in the fireplace or in the heart, that old man and old dog could leave you speechless. That’s what happened on our last trip to North Dakota.  Nala is the old dog in this scen…

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Rachel Ulrich was an outstanding runner in middle school. She dominated both cross country and track and field races, especially as an eighth grader. Her love of running actually started even before she crossed the threshold of the middle school doors.

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The Osceola Chieftain volleyball team had its ups and downs early in the 2019 season as they learned the abilities of each of their individual players. By the time the Middle Border conference season began they were playing their very good volleyball of the year, and they kept improving. Osc…

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Birds are all around us. We watch them migrate; we sit for hours at windows and observe them at bird feeders. We look up when spring and fall flights pass overhead and sound off in large flocks. We observe them through an early evening sky, feasting on insects while diving and soaring throug…

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It was exactly what sports is all about when the Osceola Chieftain volleyball team hosted the Bloomer Blackhawks in the Sectional semi-final match. Osceola was the top seed and Bloomer had earned the two-seed. Both teams had lively fan bases that nearly filled the local gymnasium. The games …

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 It was no secret that the Osceola Chieftains had a really good cross country team. Week after week, meet after meet they competed with some of the best competition in the region and week after week they put up impressive performances. Even after seeing Osceola several times this year perhap…

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I just saw my first snow of the year in ditches from the storms that pounded Western and Central North Dakota mid-October. We had heard reports of water, water everywhere and found it to be true. Besides being the gateway to the west and home to prairie winds, North Dakota is also in the hea…

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The season came to an end last week for the Osceola Chieftain soccer team. Osceola, the 5-seed for Regional play begin tournament play in a tough spot. The Chieftains traveled to Amery to take on the Warriors who had earned the 4-seed. Amery took an early lead and held off an Osceola comebac…

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The St. Croix Central Panthers have not been in the Middle Border conference for a long time. SCC joined the MBC in 2015 and in five short years has built a keen rivalry with the Osceola Chieftains. It is not surprising that these two schools can already be called rivals on the gridiron as t…

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There is something about this Osceola Chieftain volleyball team that makes them click. They are not a physically intimidating team but yet when the final scores are tallied they have been coming out on top. Osceola rolled through the tough Middle Border conference undefeated to claim the top…

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Most nights when I get home from work, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. My new job is labor intensive. When I get home, the couch and take-out look like paradise.  I know other people feel the same way I do, because I see them at the same restaurants I go for take-out or at the l…

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The Osceola Chieftain soccer team finished their regular season last week with a non-conference game against the St. Croix Falls and Unity co-op team and then completed Middle Border conference play with a game in Cumberland. Osceola could not get their offense firing on all cylinders and ca…

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We just had six puppies on the porch. It was Briar’s first litter, albeit unplanned. In 1976 I had my first litter, also unplanned.  That’s two mistakes in nearly 50 years of owning, raising and breeding dogs. Science claims dogs were not originally a mistake. There is archaeological evidenc…

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There were eight Middle Border teams at the conference meet in Somerset last Thursday but it came down to two, the Osceola Chieftains and the New Richmond Tigers, for the fight for the top spots in the girls and boys races. The Osceola girls edged the Tigers 46-52 to claim the conference tit…

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After five games this year the Osceola Chieftain football team was 2-3 (1-2 in Middle Border conference play) and securing a playoff spot was certainly questionable. Since their 2-3 start Osceola has reeled off four consecutive wins to not only secure a playoff spot but to get home field adv…

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In 2018 the Osceola Chieftain volleyball team ended Middle Border conference play with a 6-1 record. Osceola tied with St. Croix Central for the top spot in the MBC. The Chieftains lost a ton of talent from that team including Cortney Miller, Ashton Anderson and Katie Haase. Osceola would be…

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The Osceola Chieftain team started tournament action in Baldwin for sub-sectional play. Despite playing some good tennis Osceola was able to advance just their No. 2 doubles team of Ella Salewski and Makayla Quigley to Sectionals. 

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It was a very good week for the Osceola Chieftain volleyball team. Osceola entered the week with a 3-0 Middle Border conference record with a pair of tough contests coming up on their schedule. The Chieftains traveled to Prescott to take on the Cardinals and then had a home match with the un…

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The Osceola Chieftain soccer team saw a little of everything during their three games last week. Osceola began the week with a hard earned tie against a talented Somerset Spartan team. The Chieftains then traveled to Barron where they fell to the number seven rated D-4 team in the state. OHS…

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Put your Smartphone away, don’t believe the weatherman and do not check anything online if you’re wondering what kind of winter we’re going to have. You’d get more precise information after walking through some oaks, husking corn and looking at a few bugs. That’s what the Farmer’s Almanac do…

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It was somewhat of a longshot that Osceola Chieftain senior golfer Madi Link would be able to qualify for the State meet in Madison. She had already qualified for the Sectional meet by getting the lowest score of an individual not on a qualifying team at the Regional meet. The competition is…

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The dress rehearsals are completed. The Osceola Chieftain cross country team has competed in big meets all season in preparation for the most important meets of the season. Next up for Osceola is the Middle Border conference meet in Somerset on Oct. 17 and then Sectionals and hopefully State.

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The St. Croix Central Panthers aren’t used to losing football games. Since SCC joined the Middle Border conference in 2015 they had been on the losing side of the ledger just six times, three times to Osceola. When St. Croix Central came to Osceola last Friday it had all of the earmarks of a…

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Don’t study the scores too hard. It was a tough day to score well at the Regional golf tournament at Bristol Ridge in Somerset because of the cold and misty weather conditions. Osceola struggled as a team and was unable to advance to the next level but Chieftain Madi Link will play in Sectio…

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Everyone ages 7 to 70 was sitting around a roaring campfire, telling stories, reliving memories of the past and creating new ones the night before the Wisconsin Waterfowl opener.  All were a part of what Paul Smith, outdoor editor of The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, called the oldest duck cam…

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The Osceola Chieftain football team is fighting for a playoff spot in the upcoming WIAA tournament but they are also staying in touch with the leading teams in the Middle Border in hopes of sharing a conference title. Osceola did what they had to do last week when they traveled to Prescott a…