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Ranchers Defeat
Burke County
The Powers Lake Ranchers claimed a 54-39 victory over the Burke County Titans Tuesday evening, Jan. 26 in Powers Lake.

The teams battled in the first quarter with the Ranchers holding a slim 14-13 advantage.

The second quarter was detrimental to the Titans, sinking a mere two field goals (a Jay Baumann jump shot at 1:14 remaining and Josh Kihle connecting with Bradon Peterson for a fastbreak layup.) Meanwhile, the Ranchers converted 4 freethrows (Tate Enget-2, Kyle VanBerkom-2), Logan Klitzke netted two field goals, Aiden Nordloef a three-pointer, and Matthew Hager scored for a 27-17 Powers Lake lead at halftime.

Mark Nelson went to work in the low post, banking in three consecutive shots for BC. The Ranchers didn’t let up, scoring off two steals, and Klitzke nailing two three-pointers. Powers Lake led 45-27 after three quarters played.

Justin VanBerkom and Enget scored for PL, then Baumann drilled a trey for BC. Quickly answering was Nordloef with a three-pointer. In the final two minutes of play, the Titans outscored PL 9-2 for a final score, Powers Lake 54-Burke County 39.

Titan scorers were Kihle 16, Nelson 8, Matthew Hinds 8, Baumann 5 and Peterson 2.

Powers Lake scorers were Klitzke 20, Nordloef 10, Enget 10 (6/6 freethrows), J. VanBerkom 6, Hager 4 and K. VanBerkom 4.

Klitzke led the team with 6 rebounds, Enget 5. Brothers, Tate and Terek Enget each had 3 assists. Klitzke and J. VanBerkom made 4 takeaways and Tate Enget 3.


The Burke County Titans traveled to Kenmare for a District 16 contest Friday, Jan. 29. The Honkers led at all quarter stops 29-7, 51-17, 75-31, 104-45.

Titan scorers were Matthew Hinds 15, Jay Baumann 10, Josh Baumann 6, Josh Kihle 5, Bradon Peterson 3, Cole Nelson 2, Mark Nelson 2 and Jonathan Blue 2.

Hinds also recorded 11 boards, Kihle 7; Kyle Greig, 4 steals; and Hinds 3 blocks.

Eric Rick from the North Dakota General Office of New York Life Insurance Company, has received the Rookie of the Year Award, a company award that recognizes agents who achieve case rate milestones in their first year of employment.

“As a first year agent we applaud Eric for this achievement,” said Jason Metzger, managing partner of the North Dakota General Office. “He is a valuable asset to families in our community and his dedication to helping families as they work to protect their financial futures is being recognized with this award.”

Eric Rick has a degree from the University of Mary where he achieved a B.S in Athletic Training. Eric grew up in Bowbells. Mr. Rick is a Registered Representative with NYLIFE Securities.

Eric has been a resident of Bismarck for 12 years. He is married to Brittany Rick (7 years) and they have 3 kids, Ella Mae (4), Lillian Le (2), and Daniel Bradley (5 months).

The Bowbells Elementary (K-6) celebrated 100 Days of School, Thursday, Jan. 28 by dressing up as 100-year-olds.

The Powers Lake Ranchers easily defeated the Burke County Titans in District 16 action, Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Powers Lake. Unfortunately, two Rancher players left the game with injuries in the first half (Delaney Clark, knee and Kinzi Grubb, back).

Brianna Honrud kicked off the scoring after a Grace Hove block. The Titans answered with Kayleen Kihle hitting from the baseline. At this point the Ranchers took over the game with 11 straight points. Reese Heinrich made a freethrow for BC, then Sydney Titus netted two from the charity stripe for Powers Lake. Kihle sank an offensive putback. Honrud dropped in two three pointers and Titus added a bucket for PL. Brynlee Ganskop hit from the high post for the Titans. Hove finished off the first quarter scoring with a layup and freethrow for a 26-7 PL lead.

The Ranchers pushed ahead 33-7 when Morgan Heinrich managed a shot for BC at 3:52. Sara Nelson added a freethrow and Mia Blom two more for the Titans. The Ranchers ended the quarter with a freethrow by Madison Fraunfelter and Hove, and Titus scoring. Powers Lake led 39-12 at halftime.

The Titans hit double digits in the third quarter scoring 12 points, but the Ranchers also tallied 12 for a 51-24 quarter break score.

The Ranchers increased their lead holding the Titans scoreless until 2:34 as Nelson hit a three-pointer. Fraunfelter scored for PL and the Titans finished the game on a 6-0 run. Powers Lake won 62-33.

Titan scorers were Nelson 8, Kihle 7, Aleta Gamble 5, Heidi Knutson 4, R. Heinrich 3, Ganskop 2, M. Heinrich 2, and Blom 2.

Scoring for Powers Lake were Honrud 19, Hove 17, Titus 12, Fraunfelter 5, Jessica Rosencrans 4, Allison Grote 3 and Sadie Maruskie 2.

Titus and Hove each nabbed 12 rebounds; Honrud 5 assists and 8 steals; Rosencrans, Titus and Grote each with 4 steals.


The Burke County Titans traveled to Kenmare for a District 16 contest Friday, Jan. 29. The Honkers led at all quarter stops 19-2, 40-10, 46-18, 56-23.

Titan scorers were Sara Nelson 8, Mia Blom 6, Aleta Gamble 5, Kayleen Kihle 3 and Lexi Mahlum 1.

Outdoor Tales


We had something pretty crazy (at least for me) happen last weekend. Myself, Braden and my buddy Brad had a guy’s weekend in the outdoors and there was no fishing or even fishing gear with. This is far cry from normal for us.

How this came about was the weather forecast was for some above normal heat and looked pretty decent all around. I was supposed to go to see the Sioux play Colorado College in hockey on Saturday. Saturday was also Brad’s birthday and he was planning to head up to his family getaway in northern Minnesota.

We were talking and he said he was going to take the new snowmobile that we picked up a few weeks back and give it a good run. He said we could join him if we wished and do some sledding and other outdoor activities. Well with nice weather, you never ask Braden twice if he wants to go to “Brad’s Cabin” and this new snowmobile was sitting right next to mine on my trailer.

I opted out of the hockey game and the plan was hatched. This would be a good time to get Braden on a snowmobile and get mine off the trailer for the first time in two years.

We arrived up north around noon, turned on the heat and had a quick lunch. We headed out to get the sleds unloaded and started. Mine started well but after nearly two years would it run right?

I took off across the field to find out, not realizing I left a five-year-old behind thinking he was forgotten.

I was not gone but five minutes so no harm done I guess. We then headed for a trails system in the woods of northern Minnesota. We stopped for photos at the US/Canada marker on the border and a giant rock in the middle of the forest along our travels. About 25 miles on the first trail ride and Braden was asking for more.

After a quick snack we hooked up a sled to my snowmobile so Braden could experience his first real sled ride. (I think every kid needs to get to the country and have a real sled ride.)

We went around the yard, through a field, over the road and into a grass field eventually making a track so to speak. He thought it was a hoot but in the deeper snow has not figured out the leaning thing to stay on the sled.

The day must have been successful because we had a boy asking to go to bed at 8 p.m. on a Saturday.

Sunday we got up and had a nice breakfast.

Before the coffee was gone a certain five-year-old had his clothes on and was outside waiting for us to get out there so we could go for another snowmobile ride. We put on another 20 miles in the woods while stopping at the big rock again.

We arrived back at the cabin, hooked up the sled and ran another few miles with him in the sled.

All in all it was a great guy’s weekend in the woods doing guy stuff and we didn’t even fish once or even think about it.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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