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• CHALLENGERS GOALTENDER MELODIE ANDERSON from Mankato East High School reaches out to try and make the save during the 6th Annual Zach Kafka Memorial Hockey C ame on Saturday, Fe[b. 28 at the Lee Community Center in Morris. The Challengers defeated Zach'sTeam 12-7 for only their second win in six tries. ,, Proceeds from the game go to the Zach Kafka Memorial Fund €. Zach Kafka Memorial Hockey ii game about family connectiions -: It took only 37 seconds for the ,, brother/sister pair of Isaac and Bekah ',, Kolstad (Zach's Cousins) to score the first goal of the game at the 6th Annual - Zach Kafka Memorial Hockey Game - on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Lee Cam- :, munity Center in Morris. The chal-  lengers then scored three more times in the first period to set Zach's Team on their heels. While Josh Benck got the only goal of the first period for Zach's Team, the Challengers added goals by Riley Blake, Paul Tinklenberg and Sa- vannah Quandt with assists from Riley Blake and Brady Sharstrom. End of first period the Challengers were up 4 to 1 During the break Zach's Team was f, pressuring the Challengers to trade a player or two but the team remained as they began for the second period. Zach's Team d quickly with Note Raffety getting an unassisted goal. But it proved to be the only goal of the pe- riod for Zach's Team while The Chal- lengers added 3 more goals by Isaac ' Kolstad, Paul Tinklenberg and Brady • Sharstrom. Ran Sharstrom got an assist " in the second period to end at the sec- - and break with a score of Zach's Team ' 2 Challengers 7. With a new 20 minute period on the clock in the third period, time was tak- ing it's toll on both teams. Zach's Team laeated up with 3 goals and an assist ;rom Josh Benck, while Nate Raffety ;fiif'the net for the second time in the *game and Nick Thymian found the goal with only 12 second to play in.the game. But the strong organized play of The Challengers proved to be too much for Zach's Team overcome as they turned in 5 more goals by Doug Wiley, Pete Lundberg, Bekah Kolstad, Isaac Kolstad and Ron Sharstrom. Chal- lenger assists came twice in the 3rd by Savannah Quandt. Final Score Zach's Team 7, Challengers 12. For only the - second time in six tries Zach's team • was outplayed by the Challengers. It was a GREAT game and enter- , taining for the 150 people in atten- dance. The atmosphere was a festive one with all participants and fans com- ing to enjoy an afternoon of remem- ,brance and hockey. With the 13 man • roster for Zach's team lead by flam- boyant Coach and lead cheerleader Bob Johnson of Louisburg, whose em- ployment stated he was writing a book titled "How to Look Good in Span- dex". Team members include Steve Raf- rely- (Goalie) with 37 shots on goal, Luke Kafka, Kyle Arndt, Kale Arndt, Note Raffety, Cody Backstrand, Nick Thymian, Dan Roe, Josh Benck, Cody Haukos, Luke Backstrmad, Brent Han- ratty, Christina Shelstad, Josh Zahn- Brookings, SD and Tom Bailey Honorary Player Deployed to IRAQ. The Challengers were lead by Stacy Haman (Coach), Melodie Anderson- Goalie from Mankato East High School with 61 shots on goal and play- ers Paul Tinklenberg, Josh Tinklen- berg, Sara Tinklenberg, Isaac Kolstad, Abe Kolstad, Bekah Kolstad, Savan- nah Quandt, Chris Raffety, Doug Wiley, Pete Lundberg, Rich Raffety, Ran Sharstrom, Brady Sharstrom, Riley Blake, Nathan Nelson, Aaron Zahn, Jesse Holtquist. For the first time the average age of the Challengers has come down dra- matically due to several newcomers to Zach's Game. This year eight high school age skaters helped with that. Also this was the first time that the family connection was so predominate. With several parent/child or sibling players/volunteers it is refreshing to renew the strength of family behind this game. Three Tinklenbergs, four Kolstads, four Raffety's, three Staples, two Sharstroms, tw.o Zahn's, two Arndt's, two Backstrand brothers and several members of the Kafka Family are heavily involved in the game and planning of the game. In Zach's mem- ory may god bless those families. Proceeds from the game go to The Zach Kafka Memorial Fund. Each year the game is organized by Zach's dad, Dan Kafka. The goal is to bring the players together that played with Zach. as Goalie when they all played for the Big Stone Lake Area team. This 6th Annual Zach Kafka Memorial game raised just over $3,600. So far Zach's game and other fundraising efforts have raised over $27,300 for scholar- ships and other charitable causes. In- cluding $5,000 to local scholarships to graduating seniors. $4,800 donated to a scholarship for the Children of Paul l e * i 2008 GMC Envoy Denali - $27,900 Fully Loaded, Heated Leather, Sun Roof, Navigation, Auto Start, 8,000 miles 2004 Oldsmobile Alero GL - $4,500 PW, PL, CD, Keyless Entry, 106,000 miles Check out all of our cars on our new website: PRO AUTO I(evin Backstrand O|tonville, MN 320-839,7197 or 320-839-2911 and Beth Tinklenberg in memory of Beth, and $3,800 snt to the youth of First English Lutheran Church to at- tend the national youth gathering in New Orleans last wear. Much of re- mainder has been st up as an endow- ment to feed future scholarships. If you are a senior in High School and will be attending a college. • or Tech College next year please ccontact Dan at Pro Image Partners (32.0-839-2542 or e- mail: for a scholarship appliication. All appli- cants are considerred. Applications must be complete arnd submitted back to Dan by April 30 of this year to be considered. We couBd not do this with- out the help of the pla/ers, the fans, many volunteers amd the game spon- sors. The Kafka Famiily would like to send a heartfelt thanks to Blaine Kol- stad for announcing the game, Gene & 'Brian Benck-running the clock, Adam Helgeson and friends for singing the National Anthem, tlhey did an AWE- SOME job! Clarissat Blake for skating the flag to center icce during the Na- tional Anthem, Alex and Corey Sand- hurst for Video Tapiing, Rod and Lori Gustafson for watczhing the penalty boxes, Betty Sancdhurst and Lori Gustafson for registtration of players, Ron and Juanita Staples for the rink and concessions, amd game referees, Brian alek and Jordan Staples. We re- alize we could not,do any of this with- out you. We are blessed for the continued community support and the desire of all to continue the healing process. Thanks also to the multiple dona- tions form many people and organiza- tions. Specifically the game sponsors. Hill Motors, Ortonwille Independent, Stolpman Insurance,, Conroy Eye Care, Watson Law Offic:e, KDIO/KMSD Radio, Nelson Elecctric, Pro Image Partners, Shady Oak:Realty, Northside Med Center, Pro Aulto, Raffety Broth- ers LLC, Border StaRes Coop, Club 7- 75, MinnWest Bank, Hasslen Construction, Rural Nolutions, Inc., In- surance Partners of' Morris, Herberg Harvesting, and Rolling Acres Bou- tique. Thanks to all.. Check out more information at www.Remember Badger baseball fundraiser March 26 Big Stone Legion Post 229 Badger Baseball Team will be having a fundraiser supper on Friday, March 26 from .5-7 p.m. at the Big Stone Amer- ican Legion Club. The menu will consist of chicken, fish, fries, coleslaw and dessert. Cost is adults $7 ($8 at the door) and chil- dren under 12-$5. Help support the Badger baseball team by attending this event. Tickets -are available by contacting any Badger player or Coach Joel Stattelman. Men's Club golf meeting this Thurs. The Ortonville Golf Men's Club will be meeting this Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Ortonville Golf Course Clubhouse. They will be discussing the sand trap issue and league dues. Planning for the upcoming season will also be discussed. Attention Anglers... Come Join Our 2010 BigStone Walleye League For Six Weeks of Great Fishing on Big Stone Lake 605.6e8892 I Winter weather likely to have impact on pheasants, deer It's too early to tell exactly what im -• pact this winter's weather will have on all Minnesota game animals, but Min- nesota Department of Natural Re- sources (DNR) wildlife biologists suspect that pheasants and grouse likely will be the species most affected. At least 18 inches of snow cover the ground throughout Minnesota's pheas- ant range. A number of birds have and will fall victim to the deep snow that covers fields and fills ditches through- out much of southern Minnesota. Pheasant "Grasslands and many cattail marshes, the preferred pheasant habi- tat, are filled with snow and uninhabit- able," said Kurt Harloldson, DNR wildlife researcher. "Pheasants have had to find other woody cover such a's shrub swamps and farm groves." While those areas provide some protection, they expose pheasants to cold winds and put them more at risk to predators as the birds forage for food in more open spaces for a longer time. Despite the expected winter kill, the population can and does recover. The key is pheasants' ability to find rela- tively dry grassland nesting areas that allow the birds to hatch and nurture a healthy and viable breeding popula- tion. "There's nothing we can do about the weather but adequate grassland for nesting habitat is a concern," Harold- son said. "Many Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres that once pro- vided that habitat have been or are being returned to production. That may have more of an impact on the popula- tion than this winter's weather." Grouse In northeastern Minnesota, an icy crust has formed over snow, creating conditions that may be forcing grouse to roost in and under short, close- clumped conifer trees rather than bur- rowing into their preferred roosts in six to 10 inches of fluffy snow. OHS Lady Trojan basketball awards banquet tonight The Ortonville Lady Trojans bas- ketball awards banquet/potluck will be tonight (Tuesday) in the high school commons starting at 6:00 p.m. Girls are reminded of what they need to bring for food for the banquet. Ortonville School menu Tuesday, March 16: Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal, Sausage Links, Whole Grain Toast, Diced Pear Sauce, Milk. Lunch: Build A Burger, Cheese, Lettuce, Onions, Pickles, Tater Tots, Juice Choices. Wednesday, March 17: Breakfast: K-2 Whole G. Cer./Toast, 3-6 Whole Grain Cereal or Breakfast Hot Pocket, Apple Slices, Milk. Lunch: 4-12 Chickenwhich, K-3 Chicken Nuggets, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Diced Pear Sauce. Thursday, March 18: Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal, Whole Grain Toast, Diced Peach Sauce. Lunch: Chili, Breadsticks, Broccoli and Cauliflower,,Diced Peach Sauce. Friday, March 19: Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal, Trix Yogurt, Whole Grain Toast, Mixed Fruit Sauce, Milk. Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Garden Salad, Fresh Veggies, Dreamsicle Sherbet. Monday, March 22: Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal, Tonys Br. Pizza,' Applesauce, Milk. Lunch: Corn Dog, Cheesy Rice, Mixed Veggies, Diced Pear Sauce. Tuesday, March 23: Breakfast: Whole Grain Cereal, Mozzerella Cheese Stix, Whole Grain Toast, Mixed Fruit Sauce, Milk. Lunch: BBQ's, Pickles, Batter Bites, Shape-up Juice Bar. Grouse are uniquely adapted to sur- vive Minnesota winters. Roosting in deep, fluffy snow for up to 20 hours at a time insulates the birds from cold, protects them from the wind and re- duces their exposure to predators• "When grouse can't burrow into the snow to roost, they often select roost sites on the lower branches of short, close-clumped stands of spruce and balsam fir," said Jeff Lightfoot, DNR northeast region wildlife manager. "These roosts make it more difficult for grouse to retain radiant heat, and can increase exposure to predators." Wildlife biologists believe that those ruffed grouse able to snow roost near deciduous trees- such as aspen- that provide high-quality winter food, have a greater chance of surviving. Birds that are unable to snow roost use more energy maintaining body heat and out of necessity are out in the open feeding more often. Lightfoot said it is tough to tell what effect crusted snow and other environ- mental conditions have on our ruffed grouse because so many different fac- tors influence their population through- - out the year. Annual counts of drumming males throughout the state's forested regions suggest they are at or near their approximate 10-year peak in population cycle• "Our drumming counts this spring will provide us with a good idea of the status of the population after this win- ter's icy snows," Lightfoot said. Turkeys Minnesota's wild turkeys will fare better than pheasants this winter be- cause they are larger birds and their pri- mary habitat is wooded areas, which provide better shelter. Like pheasants, turkeys are ground feeders. But their larger size helps them cope better .in deep snow. Turkeys also will follow deer trails and will scratch the ground to uncover food sources• • Deer This winter'S weather is expected to have a negligible impact on northern deer populations. The Winter Severity Index (WSI), which is used to measure winter's impact on deer, is well below moderate levels. WSI yalues vary greatly across northern Minnesota but wintershave generally been considered mild to moderate since the severe win- ters of 1995-96, 1996-97 and the 2008 winter, which was severe in places. "This will be a mild winter for deer in most of Minnesota, just so we don't get deep snow or long cold snaps through mid- to late March," said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program co- ordinator. Deer have become stressed in parts of southwest Minnesota due to signifi- cant snowfall. "We have lost fawns and weaker deer in the Southwest where snow depths are causing some issues," said DNR regional wildlife manager Ken Varland. "We are seeing signifi- cant crop depredation concerns, espe- cially in the Marshall, Slayton, Windom and Lac qui Parle areas." Varland said area wildlife staffs in southern Minnesota are spending at least a portion of each day working with landowners who are experiencing problems, especially around farm- steads. Deer will seek any available food source that is accessible." Moose and elk In the far north, moose and elk are hardy and fare well even in harsh win- ters. A cool and snowy October may actually benefit Minnesota's moose population in the long run. Moose are stressed in the winter when daytime temperatures exceed 23 degrees. Tem- peratures did rise above that during some days in January. "With the fall we had in the moose range, we may see fewer incidences of moose infected with winter ticks," said Mark Lenarz, DNR wildlife biologist• "Ticks thrive on warm falls and springs." Do Your Part Help Clean Up Bio Stone Lake REMINDER. I To Local Golfers] You may pay your annual golf I membership fee in separate installments. | Call the City Office to set up your payment schedule! 320-839-3428 DANC JUST FO • Inspire d - Energized- Respected 6 Week Spring Sessions Thursdays March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15 & 22 Hip Hop SESSION Hot, urban style of dance! 2nd & 3rd Grade- 5 to 6 p.m. 4th & 5th grade- 6 to 7 p.m. 6th-12th grade- 7 to 8 p.m. Teeny Kix SESSION Fun, upbeat classes with caring instruction. Great way to introduce your pre- schooler to dance. Adorable costumes! 3 to 4 year alds- 4:30-5:00 p.m. Kerry Klepel, Instructor TODAY TO REGISTER... 320-273-2124 or email Classes held at New Life Community Baptist Church, Ortonville. ORTONVILLE SEVENTH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM placed 1st at the Optimist Club Tournament in Wa- tertown on March 6. They won three exciting games in this tourney and remain undefeated for the year. Pic- tured above in front from left to right are Drew Danielson, Jackson Athey, Eddie Ortega, Tanner Arndt and Kahlen Bousquet. Back row left to rtght are Tristan Adelman, Jacob Hamann, Riley Thompson, Keaton Eastman and Austin Haas. The team is coached by Mark "Elmer"Thompson. Tuesday, March 16, 2010 00INDEPENDENT . Page 7 , t