Fergus Falls

Into the Water

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by Angela Garvin photography by Justin Eiler Photography Being a student athlete is no small feat. Between your high school classes, clubs, and athletics, you are always on the move. This is true of Camryn Appert, a student athlete from Fergus Falls. Camryn and her family moved to Fergus Falls from Pelican Rapids, when she […]

Late to the (Pool) Party

True Grit

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by Angela Garvin Photography by Justin Eiler When you look up the word “grit” in the dictionary, the definition perfectly describes Fergus Falls’ multi-sport standout Anna Norgard: Courage and resolve; strength of character; spirit. These are terms that tell the story of Norgard’s career as an Otter. Anna, a Fergus Falls native, began her athletic […]

Answering the Rebel Call

Low Profile, High Results

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by Norm Newell Photography by Jeremy Petrick Photography Elijah Colbeck, a senior at Kennedy Secondary School is a three sport athlete for what the sports world knows as the Fergus Falls Otters. Football in the fall, basketball in the winter and golf in the spring. You’ve seen his name in the news for each of […]

They Say He’s A Gamer

Beyond the Puck

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by Angela Garvin Photography by Thru Him Photography As a three sport athlete, Peter Johnson does not shy away from working hard and focusing on improving his skills. Growing up the third oldest in a family of eight children, sports have always been a big part of Peter’s life. All three of his brothers play […]

A Wanted Mann

A Wanted Mann

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by Norm Newell Photography by Thru Him Photography In days gone by you could walk into your local post office and see a bulletin board full of “wanted” posters. Those posters depicted some of the most famous criminals in the area. Fast forward to today and to new kind of “wanted” posters on college coaches’ […]

Cool As Ice

Late to the (Pool) Party

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Late to the (Pool) Party A Late Start Doesn’t Delay Success for Fergus Falls Swimmer Luke Raitz by Norm Newell Photography by Janssen Photography A top thrill of my life for sure,” says Luke Raitz, a few weeks after finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle finals at the MSHSL Swimming and Diving meet, and achieving […]

They Say He’s A Gamer

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Readings about leadership contain a continuous thread of debate about whether individuals are born with leadership traits or whether they develop them. There’s an analogous debate with athletes, isn’t there? Whether people are born with athletic ability or can become great athletes through work, experience and practice. Many believe it’s a combination, that to be […]

Cool As Ice

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When the Fergus Falls Otter boys hockey team takes the ice, there’s one player that’s hard to recognize. He’s got all those pads, the thicker heavier face mask, a really big stick, and he doesn’t get around as much as the other players. But he doesn’t care much about the facial recognition; he wouldn’t have […]

Uplifting

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Uplifting Strength and Conditioning Coach, Paul Ratz By Norm Newell Photography by Janssen Photography   Some people have the physical power to lift a lot of weight. Some have the mental and personality power to uplift others, taking the weight off their shoulders, so to speak. The school system and the community of Fergus Falls […]