Archers harvested 220 deer and took eight bucks weighing more than 200 pounds at the second two-day hunt held at Camp Ripley on Oct. 30-31, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Those deer, coupled with the 287 taken during the Oct. 21-22 hunt, represent the third highest harvest at the Camp Ripley bow hunts. The four-day total of 507 deer is about 64 percent above the long-term average harvest of 310 deer for the two hunts, and only nine fewer than the record 516 deer taken in 2008.
“Excellent weather helped hunters achieve a near record harvest and to take 28 bucks that weighed more than 200 pounds,” said Beau Liddell, DNR Little Falls Area wildlife manager. “The overall harvest and large buck harvest are both well over average, so this was an excellent hunt by any measure.”
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It is always sad when something comes to an end. On Monday, November 1, the Maple Lake High School cross country team brought their season to a close with a final banquet. It started with a potluck of delicious food. As they ate, Coach Ben Youngs started out the evening with the first speech.
“I always wish I could talk about each kid for ten minutes,” said Youngs.
With a long drive to a neutral site in Milaca on November 1, the Irish had plenty of time to mentally prepare themselves to beat the Zimmerman Thunder and advance to the next round of playoffs.
Game one began with the Irish hitting the court with strong serves and good plays right away. The Thunder found it hard to keep up with the Irish and the first game ended with a score of 25-12 in Maple Lake’s favor.
In semi-final 4AA football on a gorgeous late October Saturday afternoon, the Maple Lake Irish did a number on the St. Paul Humboldt Hawks, pulverizing them 50-14, to move on to the Section 4AA championship game Nov. 5 at St. Cloud State University at 7:45 p.m. The Irish will play old nemesis, the Mayer-Lutheran Crusaders, for the right to play in the MSHSL football championship series.
The Irish kicked off to the Hawks to open the game and the defense immediately forced a quick three-and-out.
With the regular season over, the Maple Lake High School volleyball team went into their first playoff game on Thursday, October 28, with a different mindset: knowing they had to beat the Becker Bulldogs or the 2010 season would be over.
Having defeated Becker earlier in the season, the Irish were trying not to be too confident when they gained an early lead in the first game. However, when they came out of the first game with a 25-16 win, they couldn’t help but be excited.