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We’re looking for something the size of your pinky fingernail in a 6,483 acre state property in Northwestern Wisconsin. If there was only one I’d have been worried but since there are supposed to be thousands, I’m excited and so is my wife Nancee. She’s a big city girl not used to spending a…

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It’s that time of year when, if you’re a hunter, your thoughts change from fishing to hunting. The early teal and goose seasons are recent changes. That’s the good news, but the other shoe has fallen and that other conversation is centered on ruffed grouse and West Nile Virus.

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It’s an old adage, but true. Some people go fishing and some people catch fish. Ben Elfelt is one who catches fish. That’s why his guiding business, Prime Time Guide Service LLC, is a rocking success. I first met Ben when he was working at Gander Mountain in Forest Lake where he spent a majo…

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The Braves snapped a five game conference game losing streak, with a 7-1 win at New Richmond last Friday. Dave Measner’s home run kick-started the offense which pounded out 11 hits. Starting righty Ethan Freese returned after resting his arm for a couple weeks, and pitched very well, tossing…

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How do you pick a puppy out of a litter of cute? I get that question a lot since I’ve been raising, breeding and training dogs professionally for over 40 years. As simple as the question is, the answer is complicated. All puppies are different and all have their own personalities. Look at an…

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The Osceola Chieftain wrestling squad led by head coach Nate Demulling is on an upswing. Osceola put together a winning dual meet season last year and went 4-3 in conference meets in the tough Middle Border. The outlook for the upcoming season is promising as the Chieftains lose only two fro…

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Lying in the grass flat on his belly made it impossible to see the big Tom Turkey but all the gobbling made it sound like he was coming in closer. Carefully raising his head to try to get a peek at the bird through the sparse knee high grass was risky but Josh Bennett, my adult son and hunti…

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Fans looking for offensive ballgames at Oakey Park last week may have been disappointed. But Braves' and opposing pitchers took over as defensive games ruled the historic park last week with the Braves falling to River Falls 3-2. The Braves also lost to the St. Paul Mudhens 2-1 in 12 innings.

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The 2018 spring sports season has officially ended for the Osceola Chieftains and the St. Croix Falls Saints. With the spring sports season now history the fall sports season unofficially begins. Although the teams are not practicing yet you can be sure that several individual athletes are a…

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Blake Berger is a beast.Berger hit a pair of homeruns during a 10-0 blowout win over Hudson in 7 innings last Friday. Berger also hit a home-run during a 10-3 win against New Richmond last Wednesday.

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That gobbler was hot and he was coming in. It didn’t matter if I used my old reliable Lohman box call or rip out loud caws on the crow call, he responded with raucous gobbles from the middle of Paradise Woods. With a myriad of mowed trails and a river running through, it’s a paradise to hunt…

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The Osceola Chieftain boys track and field team has found a great deal of success over the past several years. Osceola fans maybe have a tendency to yawn when the team notches another conference title or Regional championship, which both the boys and girls Chieftain teams did, but both accom…

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The Osceola Chieftain soccer team’s season ended about 100 miles from home. The 7-seeded Chieftains traveled to Hayward to take on the 2-seeded Hurricanes. One week earlier Osceola hosted Hayward in the last Middle Border conference regular season game. The game in Osceola was 0-0 at halftim…

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When and Where: May 29 in Sectionals at Frederic Golf CourseOutcome: The Luck/Frederic team placed first and Eleva-Strum finished second to qualify for team play at the upcoming State golf tournament. St. Croix Falls had one individual play at Sectionals. Chance Belisle carded a 90 ending th…

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Where did the Osceola Chieftain golf season go? After much of the first half of the year was marred by a terribly late arriving spring Osceola’s young golfers finally got a chance to hit the links. Suddenly the season is over for OHS as freshman Jacob Hall took Osceola’s colors to the Sectio…

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It was a classic high school baseball game. Two quality teams, the Osceola Chieftains and the Prescott Cardinals, matched up in the second round or WIAA Regional play in Prescott. The hometown Cardinals carried the top Regional seed while the visiting Chieftains were seeded fourth. It was a …

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At the start of the 2018 track and field season the Osceola girls team looked a little unusual, at least by Chieftain standards. The roster of approximately two dozen athletes was smaller than normal. Coach Amanda Meyer knew that she had some very talented athletes but how would the smallish…

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The Osceola Chieftain soccer team is playing pretty well. Osceola picked a good time to pick up their game as tournaments for the Chieftains will begin this week in Hayward on May 31st. Osceola warmed up for tournament play with a big 4-0 win over Spooner before falling to Hayward 3-0 in a g…

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The Osceola Chieftain baseball team has had some ups and downs this season. Right now they are on an upswing, a perfect time for this to happen. Osceola completed regular season play last week with a dramatic come from behind 8-7 win over the Prescott Cardinals on the Chieftains’ home field.…

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I love biting into a fresh picked apple. The loud crunch and explosion of juice makes me and most everyone I know smile. I started growing apples on my property about 7 years ago and messed up right off the bat unwittingly letting starving rabbits girdle the bark around my two trees before t…

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With the late arriving spring weather that suddenly turned to summer for the Sectional track and field meet in Colby the coaches couldn’t be sure of how their athletes would be performing. The Osceola Chieftain boys team answered the question by winning the Regional tournament in Amery and t…

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Most of the Osceola Chieftain golf team just completed a successful golf season with their Regional meet at Turtleback golf course in Rice Lake, but not quite the entire team. Osceola ended Regional play in seventh place which does not qualify them to move to Sectionals as a team. The Chieft…

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Getting ready for the conference season, the Braves fell 5-1 to Minnesota state tourney qualifier in 2017 Champlin Logators 5-1 last Wednesday at Oakey Park.

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The Osceola Chieftain tennis team ended their 2018 season by falling at the sub-sectional meet hosted by Eau Claire Regis. 

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So close. All seven entries for the Osceola Chieftain team got eliminated in the first day of the Middle Border conference tournament. It probably doesn’t take a whole lot of sting out of the disappointment but there were a couple of matches that could have gone either way. If they would hav…

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Things started well for the Osceola Chieftain softball team last week and kept getting better. Osceola started by completing a suspended game against St. Croix Central with the Chieftains coming back to defeat the Panthers in extra innings. OHS then traveled to Somerset to challenge the Spar…

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It was a beautiful morning to be walking through the spring woods. There were turkeys gobbling in the distance as songbirds serenaded each other with love songs.  With eyes scanning the landscape, my older brother Richard Bennett of Hudson was familiar with this location and the dead elm tre…

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The Middle Border conference golf season is done. What would be the best word to describe the Osceola Chieftains play this season? Improved certainly would be appropriate. Last year Osceola placed eighth in MBC play. This year they moved up to sixth as a team and showed at some meets that th…

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The Osceola Chieftain soccer team played the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks to a 1-1 deadlock in a game played at the Robert W. Vesperman athletic complex in Osceola. It was a game that was crisply played with both teams having good sparks of offense and stellar play on the defensive end. The …

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It wasn’t the way that Osceola Chieftain baseball coach Kyle Collins wanted to enter WIAA Regional play. He was hoping to build some momentum and confidence during the last week of Middle Border conference play and take it into the tournament. Instead Osceola lost three straight games and no…