A vehicle broke through the ice at 7:10 a.m. Thursday on Pelican Lake southwest of Gooseberry Island, reported the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle had three individuals in it, who were able to escape without injury before the vehicle sank in about 18 feet of water. Sheriff Todd Dahl reminds people that no ice is ever safe and with the recent warm weather and lack of snow in the area, ice conditions can change daily. People should use caution when driving on lakes, even when there are well-established roads on the ice.
Due to incorrect information emailed to the Dispatch, the score of the wrestling meet in Friday's story was incorrectly reported as Pierz 38, Aitkin 21. The final score should have been Pierz 32, Aitkin 27. The Dispatch regrets the error.
Little Falls High School seniors Jake Anderson, Josh DeCann and Bryce Zawatzke will sign National Letters of Intent to participate in collegiate football Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7:45 a.m. in the Little Falls High School Media Center. Anderson will be signing at Valley City State (N.D.), DeCann at the University of Mary (N.D.) and Zawatzke at Northern State University. (S.D.) The public is invited to attend.
BREEZY POINT - Ryan Herbert punched in the winning goal at 4:22 in overtime to give the Breezy Point North Stars a 4-3 win over the Alexandria Blizzard in Friday's North American3 Hockey League game. Also netting goals for the Stars were Yego Paliy, Felix Conrads and Tyler Larwood while Conrads, Lider Kenyon, Nick Blanchette and Sean Viti were each credited with an assist. Goalie Jaxson Gosnell collected 38 saves for the Stars who have won two straight. Overall: BP 10-26-3. Next: Breezy Point at Alexandria Blizzard 7:10 p.m.
WALKER - Alex Erpelding raised his record to 30-3 and was one of four Staples-Motley Cardinals who won championships at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Tournament Friday night. Erpelding won the 145-pound title, Eric Lisson was champion at 120 and improved to 24-8, Jake Swendsrud won at 138 and Kyle Serich won at 285.
ROCKFORD - Sarah Stout won the balance beam and finished second in the all-around for the Little Falls Flyers who came out on the short side of a 124.4-111.55 Granite Ridge Conference meet with the Rockford Rockets Friday. Rockford's Molly Schultz won the all-around with wins in the other three rotations. Stout was the top Flyer finisher in every event placing second in floor exercise, third on vault and sixth on the uneven parallel bars. Next: Little Falls at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 6 p.m. Tuesday.
PILLAGER - Casey Volkmann led the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to their first win of the season Friday night with 18 points as they triumphed over the Pillager Huskies 55-50. Jennifer Craig pumped in 16 points while Katie Peterson chipped in 10 for the Wolverines in the non-conference victory. Gabby Martin and Lacy Hiltner both tallied 13 points for the Huskies. Wadena-DC 25 30 - 55 Pillager 16 34 - 50 WADENA-DEER CREEK Casey Volkmann 18, Carrie Nelson 4, Rylie Langer 2, Madison Barthel 5, Jennifer Craig 16, Katie Peterson 10. FG 23-39 (59 percent), FT 7-15 (47 percent).
ALEXANDRIA - Goalie Ezra Spandl stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced in the Little Falls Flyers' 4-0 loss to Class 1A's sixth-ranked Alexandria Cardinals Friday in a Section 6-1A game. Alexandria 0 3 1 - 4 Little Falls 0 0 0 - 0 Second period: A-Ryan Marciniak 1:24; A-Alec Wosepka 2:50; A-Zach Johnson (Mack Strong, Marciniak) 12:24 Third period: A-Chris Leary 16:49 Shots on goal: LF 15, A 38 Goalies: LF-Ezra Spandl (34 saves); A-Christian Reimers (15 saves) Overall: LF 11-8-1. Next: Little Falls at St. Cloud Apollo 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
PEQUOT LAKES - Hunter Larson concluded with 23 points for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in a 74-58 Mid-State Conference win against the Park Rapids Panthers Friday. Jack Kreitz notched 20 points for the Patriots who have won three of their last four. Park Rapids 37 21 - 58 Pequot Lakes 31 43 - 74 PARK RAPIDS Riley Massie 2, Adam Herberg 2, Nicolas Lopez 5, Damion Hanke 8, Jordan McCollum 16, Derek Porozinski 4, Remington Hagen 17, Hunter Jewison 4.
CAREER Bremer Bank completes acquisition of Eastwood Bank Bremer Bank announced it has completed the acquisition of Eastwood Bank in Rochester. All 13 Eastwood Bank locations in southeast Minnesota are now Bremer Bank locations. With the completed acquisition, Bremer has added more than $675 million in assets.