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GETTING A GOOD LEAD AT SECOND BASE is Rox centerfielder John Thomas. Ortonville earned wins over Madison last Friday and Benson on Saturday, then lost a close game, 2-1 to Morris on Sunday. The Rox will be on the road for their final regular season games, Saturday at Wheaton beginning at 8 p.m. and Sunday at Appleton with game time set for 2 p.m. The Ortonville Rox hosted the Madison Mallards on Friday night, July 10 and came away with a 7-6 win, traveled to Benson on Saturday and won 6-3 and on Sunday hosted the Morris Eagles and lost a close game by the score of 2-1. The two wins pushed the locals in to first place in the Teal League with two games to play. An Ortonville win or Benson loss would give the Rox the 2009 Teal League championship. The Rox finally jumped out to an early lead against Madison, scoring a single run in the top of the first inning. Riley Sammon led off the game with a double; he was sacrificed to third by Matt Fellows and scored on a single by Jeff Watson. The Rox scored another run in the bottom of the fourth when Chris Smith reached on an error and later scored on an RBI single by Riley Sammon. Madison broke through with a run in the top of the fifth only to have the Rox come back and score three runs in the bottom of the inning with the bighits being an RBI double by Curt Schake followed by a two RBI double by Zack Giese. Madison scored another run in the top of the sixth but the Rox countered with a run in their half of the inning making the score 6-2. Madison scored three runs in the seventh and one run in the top of the ninth to tie the score at six. Joe Fuller led off the bottom of the ninth with a well placed triple. Madison chose to intentionally walk Chance Haugen and Curt Schake. Zack Giese had a great at bat and coaxed a walk to plate the winning run. Joe Fuller started on the mound and went six and two-thirds innings giving up five runs on seven hits. Zack Giese came on to pitch and threw the final two and one-third innings giving up one run on two hits to get the win. l ~ading hitters for the Rox were Chance Haugen with three, Riley Sammon, Joe Fuller and Zack Giese with two and Matt Fellows, Jeff Watson, and Curt Schake each got a hit. The Benson game started out as a defensive battle. Benson broke the ice in the fourth inning by plating two runs. The Rox finally got the bats going and scored five runs in the top of the fifth. John Thomas earned a erie out walk, Joe Fuller doubled to put runners at second and third, Chance Haugen singled to score Thomas. Chris Fellows doubled, plating Fuller with Haugen thrown out on a close play at home. Curt Schake knocked out a double to plate Fellows. Zack Giese singled hard to right field and Pete Ross plated Schake and Giese on a two RBI dou- ble. RileySammon singled and scored in the seventh. Benson scored one Arndt to attend U of M Crookston Casey Jean Arndt of Ortonville, has been accepted and has chosen to attend the University of Minnesota, Crookston, one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation. She will begin studies in fall 2009. Arndt is a graduate of Ortonville High School, and will study Equine Science at the university. She is the daughter of Dustin and Joanie Hills. The Big Stone Post 229 Badgers traveled to Madison on Monday, July 6 for their final regular season game and were defeated by a score of 13-12 in 10 innings. Madison held a 2-0 lead until the Badgers went ahead 4-2 on home runs by Seth Maas and Keven Berdan in the second inning. Big Stone still held the lead 5-4 until the fifth inning when Madison scored three runs and added five more in the seventh and Keven Berdan led the offense with his two home runs. Seth Maas had a home run and single. Evan Sammon and Andy Strei each had two singles in the game. Matt Fellows and Tyler Adelman each had a double, while Jeff WatsOn, Mike Winther and Danny Berdan had singles. Evan Sammon pitched three innings giving up three hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Jeff Watson went three innings allowing eighth innings to take a 12-5 lead. five hits, six walks and two strikeouts. The Badgers came back in the, Mike Winther pitched two and one- ninth inning, scoring seven runs to tie third innings walking two, allowing the game after Keven Berdan hit his second home run of the game to ignite the rally. Madison failed to score in the bottom of the ninth to send the game ir/to extra innings. Big Stone failed to score in their top half the 10th inning, but Madison scored an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning to win the game. two hits and striking out one. Matt Fellows went one inning allowing two hits, two walks and had one strikeout. Big Stone finished the reg- ular season with a 13-4 record. On Saturday, July 11, the Badgers began Region 1B play in Castlewood by defeating Milbank 18-4. In their second game of the day, they defeated Minnesota's breeding duck popu- lation has dropped to an estimated 507,000 birds, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This number is 31 percent lower than last year and 19 percent below the long-term average of 626,000. The population estimate is based on Big Stone County the DNR's May aerial waterfowl sur- ] Cancer Support Group [ veY'Though population swings are l@ '~'~ ,~,t,~] normal, its always disappointing when numbers decline, said Dennis i W ~seSa~t~~I Simon, DNR wildlife chief. "Our goal is to build a breeding population of one million birds." Steve Cordts, the DNR waterfowl specialist who conducted the survey, said the mallard breeding population ptember 19 was estimated at 236,000. This is six percent above the long-term average Clinton, MN - 1:00-10:00 p.m. Meal served run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rox a big 6-3 win over second place Benson. Curt Schake started on the mound and gave up two runs on five hits in seven and one-third innings. Riley Sammon finished the game going one and two-thirds innings, giving up one run on four hits. On Sunday, the Rox hosted the Wood League leading Morris Eagles. Morris plated two runs in the third inning to take a 2--0 lead. The Rox scored a run in the bottom of the fifth when Curt Schake and Chris Smith singled and Riley Sammon walked to load the bases. John Thomas was hit by a pitch to plate the only run of the game for the Rox. "We had our chances in the Morris game. We just couldn't get a timely hit. Morris is a very good team and we played right with them," stated Manager Ron Thomas. Chris Fellows started on the mound and threw a complete game, giving up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Leading hitters for the Rox were Chance Haugen with two and Joe Fuller, Curt Schake and Chris Smith each getting one hit. The Rox close out their regular season next week with two games on the road. O7 Saturday night in an 8:00 p.m. gane at Wheaton against the Walleyes and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday against Appleton. Bryant 13-0. Both games went five innings due to the 10-run rule. On Sunday the Badgers were again victorious with a 12-2 win over Sisseton in seven innings. With that win, the Badgers were scheduled to play the winner of the Castlewood/Sisseton game at approx- imately 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 13 for the Region 1B Title. If a second game is needed it will be played at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 in Castlewood. This is a double elimination tourna- ment. Thewinner of the Region 1B Championship will advance to the State B Tournament in Platte, SD July 22-26. Complete details of all the Badgers games from the Region 1B Tournament will appear in next week's edition of the Ortonville Independent. 18 of 224,000 breeding mallards, but 21 percent below last year and 19 per- cent below the recent 10-year aver- age. Blue-winged teal numbers declined 11 percent from last year to 135,000. and remained 39 percent below the long-term average. "Blue-winged teal counts are always more variable than mallard counts since they are a later migrant through the state," Cordts said. "Some years, we count migrant teal during the survey, but this year it appeared that most migrant blue- wings had already moved through the state by the time the survey began." The combined populations of other ducks, such as wood ducks, ring- necked ducks, gadwalls, canvasbacks and redheads, decreased to 170,000, which is five percent below the long term average. 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Additional wetlands and grass- lands - including higher quality grass- lands and wetlands - are key to improving breeding duck numbers. The DNR's Duck Recovery Plan identifies the need to restore 2 million acres of additional habitat to achieve the One million-bird breeding popula- tion level. "We are committed to hitting the 1 million-bird target," Simon said. "That means focusing on a long-term strategy to improve the quantity and quality of wetlands and grassland through the combined efforts of many partners." Simon said new constitutionally dedicated funding for habitat conser- vation would help this effort. The Legislature recently appropriated about $13 million to various conser- vation organizations for habitat improvement on wildlife manage- ment areas (WMA), federal water- fowl production areas and other lands. The Legislature also appropriated $8.5 million of dedicated funding to the DNR for WMA grassland and wetland acquisition and enhance- ment, The DNR's waterfowl survey has been conducted in early May each year since 1968, with only minor changes to the survey design. A DNR waterfowl biologist and pilot count all waterfowl and wetlands along estab- lished survey routes by flying low- level aerial surveys. The survey is timed to coincide with peak nesting activity of mallards. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides ground crews that also count waterfowl along some of the same survey routes, providing data that is used to correct for birds not seen by the aerial crew. The survey was designed to provide an index of breeding duck abundance in about 40 percent of the state that includes much of Minnesota's best remaining duck breeding habitat. Data on breeding duck numbers across other regions of North America is not yet available, but preliminary reports suggest good to excellent wet- land habitat conditions in the Dakotas and portions of southern Canada. The entire report can be viewed at i Waterfowl hunting regulations effec- tive this fall will be released in August. This year's estimate of 285,000 Canada geese remains similar to last year's estimate of 289,000. "Although the population is still above our goal, the number of breed- ing Canada geese has stabilized and is no longer increasing rapidly," said DNR biologist Dave Rave. "Most wildlife managers have reported good numbers of goose broods so far this summer, which should translate into plenty of opportunity for hunters this fall." Since 2001, the DNR has conduct- ed a helicopter survey of nesting Canada geese during April. 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