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One injured in farm accident

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN – A Franklin Township man was injured while picking corn Sunday.

According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Scott Oberaigner was picking corn at 5874 Calder Ave. SE when an ear of corn became lodged in the machine. When he attempted to dislodge the corn, the machine grabbed his glove and pulled his hand into the machine, every finger except his thumb.

He attempted to wave down traffic on Highway 12, but was too far north of the road and behind standing corn. After about five minutes, he was able to pull his hand out of the machine and walk about 400 to 500 yards to Highway 12, where he observed a Rockford Fire Department vehicle driving by and was able to get their attention.

Two Rockford firefighters applied a tourniquet and wrapped his hand in gauze, with the assistance of a Wright County deputy.

Members of the Delano Fire Department and Ridgeview paramedics also responded to the scene.

Oberaigner was transported to North Memorial Medical Center by Ridgeview Ambulance.

Delano gets soaked at Annandale

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

ANNANDALE — Playing in a constant light rain, Delano got soaked 13-8 by Annandale Oct. 5 at Annandale High School.

Each team did all of its scoring on one side of halftime.

The Cardinals put 13 points on the board in the first half. The Tigers scored all of their eight point in the fourth quarter.

“When we did have an offensive spurt in the first half, turnovers and missed blocks stopped any threats to score,” said Delano coach Merrill Pavlovich. “It took nearly three quarters of football before our offense responded in a positive drive.”

Annandale took the game’s opening kickoff and didn’t waste much time in getting to the end zone. On the 11th play of the opening drive, quarterback Peyton Fobbe snuck into the end zone from one-yard out.

Lauren Meidinger’s extra point made it 7-0 in favor of the Cardinals five minutes into the game.

Delano’s defense kept Annandale’s Peyton Fobbe bottled up pretty well Oct. 5 in the wet game at Annandale, but the Cardinal quarterback did find the end zone twice in the first half. Those two touchdowns proved to be the difference in Annandale’s 13-8. Photo by Matt Kane

Delano’s defense kept Annandale’s Peyton Fobbe bottled up pretty well Oct. 5 in the wet game at Annandale, but the Cardinal quarterback did find the end zone twice in the first half. Those two touchdowns proved to be the difference in Annandale’s 13-8.
Photo by Matt Kane

A puntfest ate up the rest of the first quarter and a good chunk of the second.

Delano punted the ball away on its first three possessions of the game, and on four of its six possessions in the first half. The other two possessions came to an end via an interception and the game clock that ended half.

The turnover hurt, as it came on a possession that began at the Annandale 45-yard line, following a nice kick return by Brett Unrein.

The Annandale kickoff was spawned by Fobbe’s second touchdown run, a two-yard trot that gave the Cardinals a 13-0 lead.

The interception came on the fifth play of Delano’s drive from the 30-yard line. Brett Honsey stepped in front of the Max Otto pass to end Delano’s lone threat of the half with two minutes to play until halftime.

A score on that drive would have been huge in the Tigers’ effort to catch up to the Cardinals, as Delano received the second-half kickoff.

Delano never got any closer to the end zone in the first half. Two of its first-half possessions began inside its own 10-yard line.

Delano’s Nathan O’Sullivan intercepted a Fobbe pass early in the second quarter, but the turnover worked better than a punt for the Cardinals, as it came on a fourth-down play and O’Sullivan caught the ball and was immediately downed at Delano’s 1-yard line.

The Tigers punted the ball away from their own 9-yard line. Annandale’s drive began at the Delano 40-yard line, and ended with Fobbe’s second touchdown run.

Delano received the second-half kickoff and moved the ball to the Annandale 38-yard line, but did not get into the end zone. On the eighth play, Otto was intercepted for the second time in the game, this time by Mitchell Sullivan.

Delano’s defense forced a three-and-out. The Tigers offense responded with an 18-play drive that ate up 50 yards and nine minutes of the clock (bridging the third and fourth quarters), but it failed to find the end zone.

Delano turned the ball over on downs at the Annandale 20-yard line. The inability to find the end zone left the Tigers frustrated, but hope soon returned, thanks to the Annandale offense, which committed two penalties in three plays.

The second penalty was flagged for intentional grounding, when Fobbe threw the ball away from the end zone after fielding a bad snap. That violation committed in the end zone results in a safety. Delano was on the board with two points, and about to receive the ball via a free kick.

Delano took advantage of the circumstances by scoring its only touchdown of the game.

After using his arm on 10 consecutive plays, Otto tucked the ball in and pushed his way across the goal line for a three-yard score.

Otto’s pass on the conversion try fell incomplete, and the score was set at 13-8.

Delano converted two fourth-down plays on that scoring drive. Otto found Sam Kern for a nine-yard gain on a 4th-and-8 on the fourth play. And, on the 10th play, Otto connected with Trey Longstreet for an 11-yard gain on a 4th-and-5 situation.

That catch and tight-rope walk along the sideline by Longstreet put the ball on the 3-yard line and set up Otto’s touchdown run one play later.

Trailing by five points, Delano’s defense kept the game in reach by forcing Annandale to punt. The Tiger offense took over at its own 45-yard line with just over four minutes to play in the game.

Using a mix of runs and passes, the Tigers marched to the Annandale 14-yard line on 10 plays, but, this time, they were unable to convert on a fourth-down play.

Otto’s pass to Longstreet on 4th-and-9 fell incomplete, turning the ball over on downs with 1:09 remaining on the clock.

Two Fobbe kneel-downs ended the game.

“We had several opportunities to win the game in the last five minutes,” said Pavlovich. “Our kids responded well in the second half but we let a key game on our schedule slip away.”

The loss was Delano’s second in as many weeks. It dropped the Tigers to 3-3 overall, and moved them back to the third spot in the Section 6-4A standings with only two games to play.

“We may have placed ourselves in a position that we gave up a first-round bye and possibly home field,” said Pavlovich. “Beginning with the Litchfield game (Friday), we will play three games in an 11-day window and potentially four games in 14 days. The season moves quickly at this point and we have to stay healthy and be focused.”

Zimmerman (4-2) and Big Lake (3-3) both sit ahead of Delano in the section standings, according to QRF rankings.

With the win over Delano, Annandale moved to 5-1.

In that game, Neither team’s offense blew up the statistics book.

Delano’s offense gained 238 yards of total offense. Annandale’s offense was slightly better, gaining 239 yards/ Poor snaps in the wet conditions cost the Cardinals 53 yards.

“Annandale’s size on offense and defense, along with a wet field, provided numerous problems,” said Pavlovich.

Otto completed 12-of-26 passes for 102 yards. For the first time this year, he did not throw a touchdown. Otto was intercepted twice, both by defensive players jumping routes.

Kern caught six balls for 57 yards, and Longstreet caught five balls for 35 yards.

The only other receiver to catch a pass was Reno Bredahl, who caught one ball for 10 yards.

Delano’s ground game gained 136 yards on 37 carries.

Fobbe ran for 56 yards and the two touchdowns on 11 carries, and completed 15-of-20 passes for 175 yards. He was intercepted once.

Caden Link led the way with 56 yards on 12 carries.

Link had five tackles on defense.

Spencer Poll’s six tackles led Delano.

Annandale’s Jordan Picka had 12 tackles. Kolbe Pastian had 10.

 

ANNANDALE 13, DELANO 8

Friday, Oct. 5

Annandale High School

1 2 3 4 – F

Delano 0 0 0 8 – 8

Annandale 7 6 0 0 – 13

Scoring

First Quarter

A – Fobbe 1-yard run (Meidinger kick), 7-0

Second Quarter

A – Fobbe 2-yard run (kick failed), 13-0

Third Quarter

No scoring

Fourth Quarter

D – Safety, 13-2

D – Otto 3-yard run (conversion failed), 13-8

Statistics

TEAM Total Yards: Delano 238; Annandale 239. Rushing: Delano 37-136 TD; Annandale 16-64 2TD. Passing: Delano 12-102 2INT; Annandale 15-239.

INDIVIDUALS Rushing: Delano — Link 12-56, Kern 12-37, Otto 10-34 TD, Knight 3-9; Annandale — Fobbe 11-56 2TD, Luna 1-7, Niedzielski 3-2, Picka 1-1. Passing: Delano — Otto 12-26 2INT; Fobbe 15/20-175 INT. Receiving: Delano — Kern 6-57, Longstreet 5-35, Bredahl 1-10; Annandale — Meyer 6-74, Luna 1-39, Howard 3-35, Rassatt 3-20, Niedzielski 2-7. Tackles: Delano — Poll 6, Link 5; Annandale — Picka 12, Pastian 10. Quarterback sacks: Delano — none; Annandale — Kenning. Interceptions: Delano — O’Sullivan; Annandale — Honsey, Sullivan.

Cause of fatal Highway 12 crash unknown

A crash involving a semi and two vehicles claimed the life of a Bloomington woman Friday afternoon.

A crash involving a semi and two vehicles claimed the life of a Bloomington woman Friday afternoon.

INDEPENDENCE, MN — Authorities are unsure of what caused a 52-year-old Bloomington woman to cross the center line, causing a fatal crash Friday afternoon on Highway 12.

According to West Hennepin Public Safety Department, a westbound vehicle driven by Tamara Freiborg crossed the center line into the path of an eastbound semi driven by Osman Abdi, 40, of Eagan, between Valley Road and Hennepin County Road 90 around 3:13 p.m.

Freiborg was pronounced dead at the scene.

Abdi was transported to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia with minor injuries and for observation.

Doris Schendel, the driver of another involved vehicle, which was also westbound at the time of the crash, was not injured, and that vehicle sustained only minor damage.

Witnesses to the crash said Freiborg was not driving erratically, weaving, or swerving before the crash. During the investigation into the crash, investigators found a purse on the front passenger seat of Freiborg’s vehicle. Inside her purse, in a zippered pocket, investigators located Freiborg’s phone.

WHSPD is working with the Minnesota State Patrol to continue to investigate the cause of the crash and why Freiborg’s vehicle crossed the center line.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family affected in this tragic crash,” a message on the WHPSD Facebook page said. “Thank you to all the responders that came and assisted our department with this crash. Thank you to the other motorists for your understanding as we detoured traffic for an extended amount of time.
We stay strong in working with our other public safety partners to make Highway 12 a safer road to travel.”

Crash involving semi leaves one dead

A crash involving a semi and two vehicles claimed a life Friday afternoon.

A crash involving a semi and two vehicles claimed a life Friday afternoon.

INDEPENDENCE, MN — A Friday afternoon crash involving a semi and two vehicles between Hennepin County Road 90 and Valley Road has claimed a life.

According to West Hennepin Public Safety Department, a westbound vehicle crossed the center line into the path of an eastbound semi between Valley Road and Hennepin County Road 90 around 3:13 p.m.

The driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line was pronounced dead at the scene.

The semi-truck driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and for observation.

The driver of the other vehicle, which was also westbound at the time of the crash, was not injured, and that vehicle sustained only minor damage.

WHSPD is working with the Minnesota State Patrol to investigate the cause of the crash and why the vehicle crossed the centerline.

No names of any of the involved drivers have been released yet, and the medical examiner is working to notify the family of the deceased.

FINALLY HOME: Delano divers have a place of their own at the Delano pool

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

Freshman Gabby Stoudt performs a dive Sept. 20 during the Tigers' first competition at the new dive well. Photo by Matt Kane

Freshman Gabby Stoudt performs a dive Sept. 20 during the Tigers’ first competition at the new dive well.
Photo by Matt Kane

DELANO — Divers have been part of the Delano swimming and diving team since the Tigers broke off from the Watertown-Mayer co-op five years ago, but, until recently, those divers didn’t really feel like part of the team.“A little bit, because we would practice at Orono. We would do dry-land here and then leave,” freshman diver Gabby Stoudt said of feeling like an outsider on her own team.

That all changed Sept. 20, when, for the first time, Stoudt and four diving teammates competed at the Delano High School pool with their swimming sisters looking on.

“We missed some of that team bonding, but we have really made up for that, now that we have the dive well and the support from the swim team at meets,” Stoudt said.

Read about their transition in Friday’s edition of the Delano Herald Journal.

FOOTBALL: Chargers shock Delano’s homecoming

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO — Delano fell behind early and was never able to catch up in its homecoming game Sept. 28 against Dassel-Cokato.

The Chargers took the game 35-20, stayed undefeated for the season (5-0), and established themselves as the top team in the East Central South Subdistrict, where they remain as the only unbeaten team at 4-0.

The loss was Delano’s first in the East Subdistrict, where they are now 2-1. The Tigers fell to 3-2 overall.

In the game Friday, the visiting Chargers hushed Delano’s homecoming crowd with two unanswered touchdowns, and took a 21-7 into the halftime break.

Delano cut the deficit to seven points with a touchdown strike from Max Otto to Brett Unrein early in the third quarter, but Dassel-Cokato stiff-armed the threat of losing the lead with two more touchdowns before the scoreboard switched over to the fourth quarter.

The Tigers scored the only touchdown of the fourth quarter.

Both teams put up some offensive numbers — 460 yards for Dassel-Cokato and 406 for Delano — but the success of each offense’s rushing attack greatly contrasted each other.

The Chargers rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries (4.9 yards per carry) against a banged-up Delano defense, whereas the Tigers were limitted to just 34 yards on 16 carries (2.1 yards).

Those rushing yards for Delano were trimmed a bit by Dassel-Cokato’s pass rushers, who sacked Otto five times.

Blake Johnson was a beast out of the backfield for Dassel-Cokato. Johnson toted the ball 31 times for 174 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 48 yards.

The big game greatly added to Johnson’s already-impressive season totals. Through five games he has 737 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground.

At Delano, Johnson scored the final touchdown of the first half on a seven-yard run, and iced the win with two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter.

The lack of production from the running game forced the Tigers to turn to Otto and the passing game. The junior quarterback responded, completing 18 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns.

Delano's Ethan Quast breaks the tackle of Dassel-Cokato’s Collin Asplin en route to a 70-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Photo by Brad Salmen

Delano’s Ethan Quast breaks the tackle of Dassel-Cokato’s Collin Asplin en route to a 70-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
Photo by Brad Salmen

The scoring connection from Otto to Unrein in the second quarter was from 16 yards out. Early in the third quarter, Otto connected with Reno Bredahl for a 15-yard touchdown strike. And, in the fourth quarter, Otto found Ethan Quast for the first time this season. It was memorable for Quast, as the touchdown catch and run covered 70 yards.

It was Quast’s only catch of the game.

Unrein finished with seven catches for 113 yards. Bredahl caught three balls for 52 yards.

Senior halfback Sam Kern was held to 37 yards rushing by the Dassel-Cokato defense, but he found some space in the passing game, catching five balls for 94 yards.

Otto’s counterpart, Paul Raisanen, was good as usual.

Raisanen completed 18 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown.

Caleb Keith was Raisanen’s favorite target, catching 10 balls for 107 yards and a touchdown. His scoring play was a 48-yard connection with Raisanen in the first quarter. The touchdown catch gave the Chargers a 13-0 lead.

The Delano defense played without starters Carson vanSytzama, Isaiah McManus and Christopher Glunz. All three were injured the previous week in the win at Holy Family.

 

DASSEL-COKATO 35, Delano 20

Friday, Sept. 28

Delano High School

1 2 3 4 – F

DC 13 8 14 0 – 35

Delano 0 7 7 6 – 20

Scoring

First Quarter

DC – Koller 5-yard run (Asplin kick), 7-0

DC – Raisanen 48-yard pass to Keith (kick failed), 13-0

Second Quarter

D – Otto 16-yard pass to Unrein (Horobin kick), 13-7

DC – Johnson 7-yard run (Raisanen pass to Asplin), 21-7

Third Quarter

D – Otto 15-yard pass to Bredahl (Horobin kick), 21-14

DC – Johnson run (Asplin kick), 28-14

DC – Johnson run (Asplin kick), 35-14

Fourth Quarter

D – Otto 70-yard pass to Quast (kick failed), 35-20.

Statistics

TEAM Total Yards: Delano 406; DC 460. Rushing: Delano 16-34; DC 41-201 4TD. Passing: Delano 18-372 3TD; DC 18-259 TD.

INDIVIDUALS Rushing: Delano — Kern 9-37, Link 1-7, Knight 2-2, Otto 4–12; DC 31-174 3TD, Raisanen 4-20, Koller 3-5 TD, DeBoer 3-2. Passing: Delano — Otto 18-39/372 3TD; DC — Raisanen 18-31/259 TD. Receiving: Delano — Unrein 7-113 TD, Kern 5-94, Quast 1-70 TD, Bredahl 3-52 TD, Longstreet 2-43; DC — Keith 10-107 TD, Johnson 3-48, Asplin 2-45, Schmitz 1-37, Krick 2-22. Tackles: Delano — Link 9, Quast 8; DC — DeBoer 10, Miklasz 8. Quarterback Sacks: Delano — none; DC — DeBoer 2, Koller 2, Londerville 1.