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home : columns : joel alvstad July 21, 2017

4/26/2017 2:06:00 PM
Week 1 just got a lot more interesting

Joel Alvstad
Sports Editor

When the NFL schedule was announced late last week, I really didn't pay that much attention.
Ultimately, I don't overanalyze who the Vikings play, when they play and what their potential record could be after they play.
Mainly, the only game I care about is Week 1. This fall, the Vikings will open the season playing on Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints.
Great, I thought. The earlier of the two Monday night games on opening weekend is typically seen as a marquee matchup. Last year, both the Vikings and Saints had potential but saw their seasons derailed by injuries and inconsistency, which makes Week 1 intriguing.
Then came the events of the early hours Tuesday morning, which make Week 1 a whole lot more interesting.
Former Viking Adrian Peterson, the franchise's career rushing leader, agreed in principle to a two-year contract with the Saints in the wee hours of the night Monday.
Peterson feels he still has plenty of tread left on the tires, despite the fact he will turn 32. Keep in mind that he missed almost all of last season with an injury and missed nearly the entire season three years ago with a suspension.
The Vikings concluded that the price tag to keep Peterson was too steep, particularly given his recent injuries, age and the team's potentially bad offensive line.
Can Peterson find the fountain of youth in New Orleans? Time will tell.
It was a fun ride while he was here. Unfortunately, the Vikings were unable to deliver a title run during his prime years.
Trout stocking
It's a bit hard to believe that May is less than a week away and the fishing opener is only a couple of weeks away on May 13.
But fishing for some species is currently in season.
Stream trout are fish that generally don't gain as much attention in Minnesota as in other states. Minnesota anglers tend to pursue walleye or northern pike.
But you don't have to go far to find stream trout in Minnesota. In fact, you can find them right here in Cottonwood County.
Each year, the DNR Fisheries office stocks Shelldorf Creek, located near the Sun Valley Gun Club, with brown trout. This year's trout stocking was expected to take place this week. There is also a naturally-reproducing population of the trout in the stream.
I personally have never gone trout fishing. I've been told it is pretty fun and rather challenging.
If you would like more information on trout streams in the area, visit the DNR website.

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