The Duluth East boys' hockey team was snubbed from a state tournament appearance by the same team in back-to-back seasons. Their focus heading into the section playoffs is to make sure that doesn't happen this year.
Despite the roster turnover, the Greenway boys hockey team wants to make sure they are once again in the mix when it comes playoff time. They've seen their past two seasons end against Hermantown, the two-time defending Class A state champions, but they've remained competitive.
The Grand Rapids boys hockey team finished last season with a state championship title, while the boys out of Greenway were just one win away from a birth at the state tournament. The hockey culture in that area also trickles over to the girls program where the co-op of Grand Rapids/Greenway is the only Northland team ranked in Class AA.
The week before Christmas tragedy struck the Eveleth-Gilbert Area girls hockey team. They lost a teammate and friend, however, they've faced their adversity head on and this season is all about playing for Kirja.
A new era began for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton boys' hockey team with the addition of former Duluth Denfeld head coach Kevin Smalley. Leaving his alma mater wasn't an easy decision, but he said his competitiveness is what led him to try something new.
The Cloquet football team is coming off a state runner-up title which marked the Lumberjacks first state championship appearance since 1976. Following up a season like is never easy, but the 'Jacks are looking to build on it.
For Northwestern, the 'Battle of Highway 2' is like a map that draws out how the rest of their season is going to go. With a win Friday against Ashland, they're right on course to reaching their goals.
Minnesota's duck season regulations remain similar to recent years. The season will be open for 60 days, with closures in early October in the central and southern zones. The daily bag limit remains six per day.
“These five lakes are popular fishing destinations. While each lake has had a different response to the current regulation, the fisheries are healthy overall,” said Kevin Peterson, International Falls area fisheries supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.