February 2022


Members of the Thunder Hawks Boys Swim & Dive team head to sections in Hutchinson, on February 24th and 26th. (Front Row) Callim Schmitz, Sam Ostendorf, Parker Thissen. (Middle Row) Austin Dunn, Tyson Brandt, Connor Walz, Landen Vorvick, Mickey Hess. (Back Row) Gavin Arends, Axton Weckwerth, Jacob Ochsendorf, Nolan Christopher, Evan Smith, Mason Johnson. MINNESOTA


Monday evening, the Thunder Hawks Girls Basketball Team made school history with their win over Benson. The team finished the West Central Conference with an 11-1 record, securing the Conference Championship for the first time in the school's history. Their overall record is now 21-3. (Back row, left to right) Kiera Foley, Avery Koenen, Hailey Dirksen, Tenley Epema, Kassey Pauling, Taylor Viessman. (Front row, left to right) Teagan Epema, Taya Weber, Tyra Sandven, Keely Foley, Annie Marquardt. SCOTT MARQUARDT

Team UNITED competes in Section 3AA-North tournament

On February 18th, Team UNITED, which is comprised of wrestling athletes from Dawson-Boyd, Lac qui Parle Valley, and Montevideo traveled to the Section 3AA-North team tournament in Hutchinson. Complete scoring from that event follows:

Thunder Hawks defeat Benson 70-56

Last Tuesday evening, the Thunder Hawk boys basketball team took on Morris/Chokio-Alberta for a 64-77 loss in Morris. Leaders in that game included Landon Stock, who scored 18 points, ten rebounds. Andrew Van- Binsbergen scored another 16 points towards the team total with a threepointer. Complete Scoring from that game follows:

Thunder Hawk girls take home three wins last week

Last Tuesday, the Thunder Hawk girls defeated Melrose 72-34 in a home game. Leaders in that game included Tenley Epema who scored 22 points with five three-pointers. Avery Koenen added an additional 22 points to the team's total. Complete scoring from that game follows:


CRT MEETING IN MONTEVIDEO THANK GOD! I was raised in a moderate ELCA Lutheran Church, and community where critical thinking and discussion were encouraged. I didn't know how lucky I was.

Milan Community Column

Last fall I picked up 3 kittens from a friend who had too many. They have retained their playfulness and make me so happy. They hide from one another in the garage and chase leaves and tails outside. And they are still very friendly and want to be petted. They may be the best cats I have gotten. I may have to use this source again. My cat

Prairie Notebook

When I was a kid, my cousin and I would attach baskets to our bikes and sweep the neighborhood park for soda bottles. A good weekend haul would fetch us a pocket full of change when we cashed them in at the local Kroger’s. Each bottle was worth a two cents deposit back then. Earnings in hand, we’d pedal over to the A&W and treat ourselves to a well-earned frosty mug of root beer. Life was good, and bottles got recycled!

Beyond Reason

Mid-February, Rob met with Olivia, a 6-year-old female snowy owl, in Northern Minnesota. Rob: Thank you for chatting with me.

From the Editor’s Desk

Last week and this week so far has been all about meetings for our staff in which we learned how to use the new software systems we will be using as of March 1st to create our newspapers, and worked through all of our redesign processes in anticipation of fully transitioning our newspapers to CherryRoad Media. Between the meetings and an unexpected death in my family that took me out of state over the weekend for a funeral, it was a week filled with less than my average time to collect news. A challenge, for sure, when filling three newspapers.