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Take caution around open water and newly formed ice

11/25/2020

With the continued surge in the number of people recreating outdoors this year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that lakes and ponds across the state have started to freeze, and where there isn’t ice, the water is dangerously cold.


Ice thickness is highly variable at this time of year and subject to Mother Nature’s whims. Even where there isn’t ice, the water is so cold that an unexpected fall in can be deadly. It is vital to talk with children, who are naturally curious about the water, about staying safe.


“The first ice-fishing trip of the season is exciting, but there’s no fish that is worth falling through the ice,” said Rodmen Smith, director of the DNR Enforcement Division. “Vigilance around the water at this time of year isn’t just a good idea – it’s an absolute necessity.”


Anglers and others who recreate on the ice should stay on shore until there’s at least 4 inches of new, clear ice. Anytime people are on the ice, they should check its thickness every 150 feet. Smith urges people to check ice thickness for themselves rather than deciding to walk on the ice based on what they’ve heard or read.

Find the story in the November 26, 2020 addition of the Arlington Enterprise.

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Sibley East girls volleyball season comes to a halt

11/25/2020

By Kurt Menk
Editor

The Sibley East varsity girls volleyball team closed out its season with two losses last week.
The season came to a quick halt after an executive order issued by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz in connection with the recent surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases.


“I am extremely proud of the attitude our players had all season during all the ups and downs that came,” said Sibley East head coach Chip Wolverton. “Everything that happened, this group took in stride and always looked to make a positive out of every situation.  The effort that they gave was phenomenal every day in practice.”
Wolverton continued, “We had great leadership from our seniors, and juniors who were great followers.  It was a joy to be around them every day.  I was extremely honored to be part of this group.  Wins and losses aside, this is an amazing group of young women. I can't wait to get back at it next summer...hopefully it will be more of a normal situation.” The Lady Wolverines conclude the season with a 2-9 record overall.

Find the story in the November 26, 2020 addition of the Arlington Enterprise.

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SE falls to Luverne 44-6 in section finals

11/25/2020

By Kurt Menk
Editor

The visiting Sibley East varsity football team lost to top seed Luverne 44-6 in the Section 3AAA championship game on Friday night, Nov. 20.


Due to the most recent COVID-19 pandemic shutdown orders, officials decided to skip the semi-final games and have the top two teams play in the title game on Friday evening.
Penalties and turnovers hurt the Wolverines in the first half.


The Wolverines, on their first possession of the game, lost a fumble on the Sibley East 31-yard line.
The Cardinals took advantage of the turnover and eventually scored on an eight-yard run. A run for the two-point conversion was also successful as Luverne raced to an 8-0 lead with 8:08.
The Wolverines, on their next possession, drove down to the Luverne 39-yard line. The drive, however, came to a halt when the Cardinals intercepted the pigskin on the Luverne 13-yard line with about three minutes remaining in the opening quarter.


Luverne put together a long drive and eventually scored on a four-yard run. A pass was good for the two-point conversion as the Cardinals increased their lead to 16-0 with 10:15 remaining in the second frame.
Sibley East countered with a drive that was kept alive when junior Zach Pazdernik faked a punt and ran for a first down.


Senior quarterback Caleb Dose was later sacked on a fourth-and-seven play from the Luverne 48-yard line.
The Cardinals took over on downs and eventually scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass. A pass for the two-point conversion fell incomplete as Luverne had to settle for a 22-0 lead with 1:33 remaining in the second quarter.
Sibley East forced the first Luverne punt early in the second half, but turnovers continued to plague the visitors.
The Wolverines engineered a 52-yard drive, but turned the ball over on the Luverne 34-yard line with just over six minutes left in the third quarter.

Find the story in the November 26, 2020 addition of the Arlington Enterprise.

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