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Justin Joslin, 39, bowled an 803 game on Halloween night during his men’s bowling league. The Sturgeon Lake man said he began bowling around the tender age of 5 and has bowled off and on since.

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The 2022-23 Moose Lake Willow River boys’ basketball team had their season opener in Proctor on Thursday, Dec. 1. With all new coaches, Paul Dewey, Ryan McKeon, and Pat Dewey, a new system, it will take some time to get it all together. There are no returning starters, but the boys seem to b…

The Star Gazette asked coaches several questions about their thoughts and expectations for their teams for this season. The basketball teams have only held a few practices when the questions were sent out.

1. Who are the head and assistant coaches this season? Head Coach - Chris Gamst, Assistant Coaches, Pete Steen, Seth Gamst, Josh Gamst.

The Star Gazette asked coaches several questions about their thoughts and expectations for their teams for this season.

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The Star Gazette asked coaches several questions about their thoughts and expectations for their teams for this season. The basketball teams have only held a few practices when the questions were sent out.

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The Rebels girls hockey team continue their early season winning streak with a win over neighboring CEC Lumberjacks, marking four wins and one loss.

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The Section 7AA Moose Lake Willow River Rebels football team had a road trip to St. Cloud Technical High School for the first round of the Minnesota State High School League’ state playoffs. The Section 8AA champions, Barnesville Trojans, were seeded to play the 7AA champions in the state qu…

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Cromwell senior, Noah Foster, had high expectations when he competed at the state cross country meet this year.

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The Moose Lake Willow River Rebel football team won their 16th section championship with a 25-0 win over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Esko Stadium. They will represent Section 7AA in the state tournament on Thursday, Nov. 10, at St. Cloud Technical High School, when…

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Barnum, third seed, and Deer River, first seed, will play for the Minnesota State High School League Section 7A championship and the chance to go to state at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at Eggerdahl Field in Proctor. They finished their regular season 5-3, third in Section 7A and third in Dist…

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It has been a long standing tradition for the Section 7A Cross Country Championship to be held at the Cloquet Country Club, but not any more. This year the championship was held at the old Lester Park Golf Course in Duluth. All the years it was held in Cloquet it was an easy setup for the vo…

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On a beautiful Minnesota fall day, the Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars came to play the Moose Lake Willow River Rebels in Willow River on the Frank Magdziarz Football Field on Saturday, Oct. 29 for the Section 7AA semi-finals.  

Moose Lake Willow River played the Rush City Tigers on Wednesday, Oct. 19, because of the short week for students due to Minnesota Education Association meetings. The Rebels also honored the parents and the seniors.  

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All sports keep track of some form of records. In running, each course has it’s record’s along with each race that is run on that course. The Polar League Conference record in 2010 was held by Sophomore Kieran Scannell of Cook County/Two Harbors in a time of 16:59.2. That record lasted six y…

Moose Lake Willow River Rebels’ football team went south for their road trip game at Braham. The Braham Bombers had four wins, scoring 60 points against Barnum, and only one loss. Coach Dave Louzek said Thursday night that they had a game plan. The  plan worked because Braham didn’t get on t…

When a new school in Moose Lake was being planned a few years back, a question was raised: Should we also build a new football field next to the new school, a shiny and modern place to play?

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The Moose Lake-Willow River volleyball team made the trip to Carlton Tuesday, Oct. 4 for a Polar League contest against the Bulldogs and were ready to battle. After a tough loss in Aitkin the night before, the Rebels needed to pick up their play on both offense and defense. The first set beg…

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Daryl Herzog had the Frank Magdziarz Football Field in Willow River ready for all the activity on Friday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. for the Homecoming game against Mesabi East. The Rebels Touchdown Club had tailgating meal deals. The alumni football players were all invited to the game and were ho…

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 The MLWRB Cross Country team stayed in Minnesota and headed north to the Hibbing Rotary Invite on Thursday, Sept. 29. There was 24 teams in attendance with 1 AAA, 8AA and 15A teams. The girls had 202 runners and the boys had 255 runners in their races. 

The Bombers hope to see success in the next four games of the regular season, which would align them for the playoffs. “We are planning on making a good play-off run,” Head Coach Bob Minkkinen said. “These next games will hopefully lead us into success deep into the playoffs.” 

The MLWR Rebels cross country team headed back east into Wisconsin on Tuesday, Sept. 20 for the John Woodbury Invitational at the Norwood Golf Course in Lake Nebagamon. The three meets so far this season have been hot with temps in the 80’s and this week was no less than 80 degrees but the h…

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The Moose Lake-Willow/ River Rebel volleyball team was back at home on Tuesday night and was hungry for a win. The Rebels had a tough time on the road last week with a loss to Cloquet on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and a nail-biting, five set loss to South Ridge. After going 1-3 in a tournament last S…

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Field supervisor, Daryl Herzog, had the Frank Magdziarz Football Field in Willow River in great-for-playing-on condition on Friday, Sept. 16. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin players were already on the field, when the Moose Lake Willow River Rebels came onto the field with a cadence indicting the…

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With temps in the mid 80s and windy conditions, the MLWRB Cross Country runners had a battle against the elements during their races at the Dan Conway Classic at Pattison Golf Course south of Superior, Wisconsin on Thursday, Sept. 8. The only thing saving them was the cloudy skies and the op…

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There was a bang and the entrance to the field filled with purple fog. Through the fog, the International Falls Broncos took the field to host the Moose Lake Willow River Rebels under the Friday night lights, Sept. 9. 

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The Hermantown Hawks 4A and the Moose Lake Willow River Rebels 2A football teams have played each other eight times since 2013. They didn’t play in 2020 because of COVID. The Rebels are 4-4 in those games with a two-game winning streak, winning 26-19 in 2019 and 28-21 in 2021. Their overall …

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On Thursday Sept. 1 the Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum Cross Country team headed North to the Pincushion Mountain trails of Grand Marais for the North Shore Challenge. The seven teams in attendance where MLWRB, Duluth East, Proctor, North Shore, Mesabi East, Carlton/Wrenshall and South Ridge. 

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The Rebels hosted Bombers for their first home game. The score bounced back and forth during the five games when the Rebels finally won 3-2.

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Dave Louzek enters his 23 season as head coach of the Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel football team. The Rebels are bringing back some experience on both sides of the ball with senior returning starters Jackson Thompson, Sam Knezevich, JP Mesojedec, and Luke Danelski. Other experienced seniors…

Jamie Nelson, race director said the triathlon drew 81 participants this year, up 20 from last year. Her goal is to bring in 100 participants in the next few years. The weather cooperated with overcast skies and a balmy 60 or so degrees. Three people asked to be pulled out of the water porti…

It was great to see summer baseball hopping at all age levels around Moose Lake this year. One of the areas most successful teams was the 16 and under lads from Barnum/ Moose Lake/ Willow River (BMW), playing Junior Legion baseball sponsored by Post 361 out of Sturgeon Lake. Strong hitting, …

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The Barnum softball U-12 team played their hearts out against the Hermantown Hawks for the championship playoff games at Braun Park on Thursday, July 21. The team is coached by Katie Genereau.

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The Rebels 12 U softball team lost the first of the double-header games against Carlton 12-1. The girls won the second game 20-11 and scored 13 of the runs in the last inning.

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Top row,  left to right: Hailey Ikola, Mollie Wolf,  Kinzie Johnson, Addy Webb. Middle row: Emmie Rhodes, Lilly Leino, Draya Collelo, Jaelyn Grimm,  Grace Evans. Front row: Paige Nordstrom,  Hadley Hejni,  Emma Ikola

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Two groups of four people laugh and talk as they hit a ball back and forth over a net on a tennis court in Moose Lake Township, but they’re not playing tennis. They are playing pickleball, a newer craze thats trickled into the northland in the last few years. 

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 Jackson Thompson prepares to compete at state in the pole vault. Thompson tied for seventh place. The boys 4x100 meter relay set a new school record and also placed seventh at state. Joseph Mikrot broke a decade long school record during the state 800 meter race.

Members of the Moose Lake Willow River’s track and field team were in the Minnesota State High School League’s Track and Field state tournament last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 9, 10, and 11, in St. Michael-Albertville.