A Blatant Request for Charity


Now that I have your attention . . .

First, please watch the following short video.  You’ll know or recognize the people and places. It was locally produced and does a terrific job of explaining the needs of the area:

This will be a double posting, on Facebook and my blog, because, well, they’re available. I was a little concerned about using the blog for this because it was established mainly to report on high school events.  But then I remembered I have solicited for the Education Foundation on the blog, certainly school related, and the school sponsors an annual Empty Bowls fundraiser that segues perfectly into . . .

I was asked to join the United Way (UW) team because I’m an older person . . . OK, an old person. UW has done very well locally within the business community and other organizations where it can pinpoint potential donor groups.  There is a substantial group of potential donors in town that can’t be targeted in a group manner – and that would be retirees.  That’s where I come in – I’m a retiree.  But retirees are a disparate group, on any given moment you couldn’t locate half of them and at the first hint of a snowflake half of them flee south.  So, what seemed like the best idea was a social media blast.  So, here it is!


You can donate by going to the above website, or by visiting the office in the old bowling alley. Oh, and at this time of year, we are also accepting donations of winter clothing.  If you can, please donate.  And whether you can make a donation at this time or not, it would be appreciated if you would “share” this message with your Facebook and e-mail friends.  The broader the distribution, the better results we should get . . . if logic serves.  So, thanks a bunch!

Always do whatever’s next.  ~  George Carlin

Up next:  Depends on how many donations we get?

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Runestone Classic Volleyball Invitational

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The 20th Annual . . .

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[Haven't seen these guys for a while . . . like 3rd game of the year.  They've had a good year but probably not as good as they expected.  They were defending conference champs coming into the year and are now a mostly senior team.  I was a late arrival and play had already begun against Wadena-Deer Creek, who I believe were state champs in their class just two years ago.]

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[The double high fives is generally indicative of a point for us.  ;-)  ]

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[So, from left to right, we have Liz Schultz (1-senior), Amanda Haack (11-senior), Alexis Stern (8-junior), Kalley Bistodeau (2-senior), Morgan Melrose (4-junior), and Brooke Swanson (6-senior).]

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[And Katie Dolan (7-senior).]

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[Kalley (K2), Brooke, and Amanda]

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[Another point for the Cards.]

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[Rock, hammer, scissors?  I just noticed I did the first 7 photos in reverse chronological order . . . but no one would know that, so I'm not going to change it.]

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[In these all day tournaments, it's best 2 out of 3 (rather than the usual match of 3 of 5).  The Cards dispatched the Wolverines by identical 25 - 19 scores.]

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[Next up was the Mounds View Mustangs, who required a two-photo pre-match team meeting!]

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[Yay for us!  Now including Jordyn Lamb (12-sophomore) and Gretchen Watkins (3-senior).]

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[Gretchen attempts the daring, no-look high five.]

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[K2 with a good fist pump.]

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[We did good!]

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[These are getting to be my favorite photos - the defensive formations.  Did they bring in a nickel back?]

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[Brooke and Amanda patrolling the net.]

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[Though Amanda is usually the setter, every once in a while that quick leftie hit over.]

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[K2 and Brooke attempt a block.]

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[Try that again!]

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[Looks like Brooke and Amanda got that one.]

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[Liz's jump serve was consistent all day.  In fact, I thought she had a great all-around day.]

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[OK, hit 'em where they ain't.]

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[Brooke, if I can hide behind you, they'll never see me.]

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[OK, up on 3!]

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[Amanda's jump serve . . . ]

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[Watch out for ye ole Statue of Liberty play!]

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[Stuff!!  Brooke had her fair share of them.]

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[Double team attempted stuff.]

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[Amanda tries the sneak in behind Liz trick.]

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[K2 signals the play . . . slider, low and away.]

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[Oh, oh, that one is outa here!]

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[Amanda waits for the helium leak.]

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[Another K2 fist pump.]

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[That was good!]

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[ . . . I'm thinking hot fudge with crushed black walnuts.]

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[Liz serving; don't know the guy standing.]

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[Three up front lineman with one linebacker.]

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[K2 receives]

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[Amanda serving behind Liz; still don't know the guys.]

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[Jordyn and Liz]

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[Katie; same guys]

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[Block or tap back?]

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[Gretchen serves while K2 momentarily zones out.]

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[We win!  Again two games to none.]

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[Good game, good game, nice game, good game, have a nice trip home, good game . . .  There was an hour break after the Wadena games, I lounged at Dunn Bros.  There was a two hour break after these games so I went home, watched the Gophers, did my nails, washed out a few dainties, the usual household duties . . .]

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[I came back in time for the Grand Rapids games to round out the round robin.  Before entering the gym, I had to play around with the large touch-screen in the hall where I called up the Class of '65 yearbook.  ;-)  ]

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[Well. that was a trip down memory lane . . . though those passing in the hall stopped to offer condolences.]

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[Liz and Amanda, synchronized ballet, as battle begins against the Thunderhawks.]

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[Where'd it go?]

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[Just noticed I have a stretch here featuring Liz.  Well, all day long, if she got a clean hit, it wasn't coming back.  I would have kept feeding her under she cried, "No mas!"]

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[People get ready . . . ]

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[Well, now we're on the other side of the net.  We inexplicably lost game one after carrying a nice lead throughout - then we hit a stretch where the wheels come off for a while?]

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[Nice block here though by Liz and Jordyn.  Again we jumped out to a nice early lead.]

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[Liz and friend.]

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[And we let what looked like an easy win become a nail biter.  But it was then on to game 3.]

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[In or out?]

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[Jordyn goes for one.]

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[Liz and Morgan]

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[Looks like K2 just hit one.]

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[Hope that thing is sailing out?]

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[K2 again]

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[We again had a nice early lead . . . then hit that invincible wall.  The Thunderhawks came back to win game 3 and the match.]

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[Noonan's Park on the way home.  The dummy swans don't seem to be a deterrent to the Canada geese anymore.  :-(  ]

Yesterday I saw a chicken crossing the road. I asked it why. It told me it was none of my business~ Steven Wright

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In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in election season around here.  While I do not normally include such things (I have a blog in remission that does), the following seemed seasonal, photogenic, and . . . it was fun!  Oh, GOTV?  Get Out The Vote.  :-)

The Peak Supper Club, Clitherall, Minnesota

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[The supervisor's red maple was approaching peak as we left for . . . The Peak.]

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[Bounding through the roly-poly of western Minnesota cornfields in the fall to . . . ]

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[So, how do you get to The Peak?, I hear you ask.  Well, it's about 25 miles from our house, at the base of Inspiration Peak (the 3rd highest elevation in the state).  You drive through Urbank, population 54, and continue until you're within the vicinity of Clitherall, population 112.  So, now you know.]

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[We were here for a little rock 'n roll, a little dining - and some political stuff.  Jay Sieling and Jim Miltich are running for the Minnesota House in Districts 8B and 8A, respectively.]

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[Jim just happens to be Anthony's brother  - and you've seen Anthony many times in these pages . . . ]

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[It's a par-tay, so I 'moosed' be having fun!]

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[Then Anthony teams with Jay.  We demand our candidates also be musicians.  :-)  ]

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[Red wine and 'Hallelujah,' please.]

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[The brothers Miltich, then Anthony flies solo.]

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[Bonnie makes sure the candidates mind their p's and q's - and show up for the parade in Miltona!]

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[And Jay, a lovely duo with a shared great hairstylist!]

Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

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[So, now it's Friday, two days later.  The "steam" was coming off beautiful Lake Darling that morning as we prepared for a political trip to The Cities.  As usual, we hit a dense fog on the way to Osakis.]

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[But we eventually made it.  Parked in our usual state hockey tournament ramp and meandered through Dinkytown.]

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[And on to the mall at the 'U.'  It was turning into the quite delightful day.]

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[The look across campus to Coffman Memorial Union . . . ]

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[But we were heading into the newly renovated Northrop Auditorium.  The 'we' were the supervisor, Jami, and Jami's friend Ella.  I don't recall being in Northrop since I took a freshman economics course there from Walter Heller, President Kennedy's chief economic advisor, a mere 49 years ago.]

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[We arrived early - by about two hours - to stand in line for the advertised appearances of Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Al Franken, and President William Jefferson Clinton.  Although Clinton was my boss for eight years, I don't recall ever seeing him live?  And while standing in line, I noticed my cousin Barb Arrell, a St. Paulite, a couple groups behind us.]

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[Exercising my predilection for photographing photographers, we later became BFF's and e-mail pals.   OK, maybe not all that, but we learned she is Lara Leimbach, Senator Franken's campaign photographer.]

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[In line "selfie."]

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[We were protesting war when I left the 'U' in the late 60's . . . and we're still protesting war.]

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[We sent Lara our photos of  her.  She was delighted - said she's never on the receiving end of such missives.  :-)  ]

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[After two hours of standing, we're moving on in.  And I was now in a better position to see the protesters.  Oh, BTW, while we were standing in line, 'they' came by to make sure we had our RSVP's and then handed us a ticket.  The supervisor, ever on the alert for such things, noted that people on the next switchback over had different color tickets.  She checked with one of the people holding such and discovered they had better seats!!!  Horrors!  The super immediately flagged down the ticket giver-outer to complain - we were here first, how come we got worse seats?  Well, they said it was an "oops" and brought us the correct tickets.  :-)  ]

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[The young man above is from Blaine and was right behind us in line.  He was the super's 'assistant' in assuring we got the correct tickets!]

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[The super found Mike Obermueller.  He's running for U. S. Congress in the 2nd District.]

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[The supervisor spots Lara in front of us - they exchange contact information.]

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[U of M students, obviously the brightest of their generation!]

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[Steve Simon, candidate for Secretary of State.]

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[Betsy Hodges, mayor of Minneapolis.]

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[And then by big surprise, Senator Amy Klobuchar.]

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[You didn't know I was coming, did you?]

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[Thank you!  Now go vote!]

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[Followed by Governor Dayton . . . ]

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[Followed by Senator Franken . . . ]

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[Before giving way to the President . . . ]

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[Senator Franken . . . ]

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[The President in a rapidly evolving mosh pit.  Cousin Barb in the black and white stripes is making her way forward.]

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[Looking back into the new Northrop.]

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[Barb is fighting her way in - this is the best shot I got.  I was being jostled, lost a lens cap (found trampled on the floor), but I did see Barb stretch out and shake the President's hand as I was being pummeled to the floor.  I'd lost track of Jami and the super in the crowd - Jami reported she got to shake Franken's hand, the super said she got a salute and a big smile from him!  :-)  ]

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[And these final three were taken by Lara - nice to see the difference in professional photography!  BYW, Jami's t-shirt was a big hit and she posed for lots of pictures.]

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[We rushed out as I wanted to get home in time for the Alex - Bemidji football game.  Bemidji is ranked No. 3 in the state in class 5A.  As the resident "black cloud," I arrived about halfway through the 1st quarter just in time to see our quarterback get injured - and not return to the game.  Any chance the Cards may have had were gone then.  So, the only photos I got were of arrival (top) and leaving at halftime (the bottom two - I hadn't eaten all day!)]

Conservatives say if you don’t give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they’ve lost all incentive because we’ve given them too much money.  ~  George Carlin

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Run, Run, Run, Run, Run Away!

Another milestone!  This is the 600th blog post!  If you haven’t read them all yet, I suggest you begin immediately.  It will affect your next property tax estimate.  Anyway, I’m going to celebrate with a glass of prune juice.

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[One week after an 80-degree weekend, "Weakie" picked me up for the 42nd Lions Meet of Champions at Arrowwood Resort.  26 cross-country teams from all over the state participated.  This is the line-up for the JV boys - I believe it was mentioned there were over 300 runners in just this race.  There were 6 separate races, boys and girls at junior high, JV, and varsity levels.  Oh, and I did I mention we were wearing parkas?  I believe the wind chills may have been in the 20's when this race began.

Over 1500 runners from 26 schools will be taking part in this event. The first race will be the girls’ junior high division at10:30 a.m. followed at 10:50 by the junior high boys, 11:15 junior varsity women, 11:45 junior varsity men, 12:15 varsity women and 12:45 varsity men.  The awards ceremony will take place at 1:15 p.m. on the shores of beautiful Lake Darling.


Schools participating in this prestigious event are:  Alexandria, Becker, Bemidji, Buffalo, Chanhassen, Chaska, Cretin-Derham Hall, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Marshall, Monticello, Moorhead, Mounds View, Red Wing, Roseville, Sartell, St. Cloud Apollo, St. Cloud Cathedral, St. Cloud Tech, St. Thomas Academy, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Willmar and Windom.


The women’s varsity race will feature the number the one, two and third ranked in girls in the Minnesota State Coaches Association.  Alexandria’s Megan Hasz and Bethany Hasz are the top runners ranked 1st and 2nd place respectively followed by Bemidji’s Jenna Truedson in third place.  There are 6 women’s team participating that are ranked in the top 10 teams in the state. The men’s varsity race will feature 4 teams and two individual runners  who are currently ranked in the top ten.  ~  Cardinal Connection


mavsflynnnancy'86-3-1I have to admit I've never understood the reason for running just for the sake of running?  I can understand running for go from 1st to 3rd on a hit to rightfield . . . but just for its own sake?  You can work up a real sweat (something I've always strongly opposed) and you can go into oxygen debt (in certain situations, that can be considered torture).  But if somebody wants to do it for my personal entertainment, and they're very good at it, I can enjoy it from that standpoint.  In this instance, we have Megan and Bethany Hasz, the top two runners in the state from Alex, our boys' team has had a good year, and the Willmar girls' team (long time conference rivals) are ranked No. 1 in the state and have beaten Wayzata, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation last year and have a good core back.]

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[We only live a mile from Arrowwood.  We parked in the stable fields where Rainbow Riders were running shuttles to and from the event.  As I was lugging all my reportorial camera equipment, it was nice of "Weakie" to offer sledding it into position.]

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[We were soon joined by other fans seeking to find the starting line from our drop-off point.]

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[We knew we were getting close when we stumbled upon our Cardinals' tent.]

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[Looking back at whence we came, the water park and the large orange conveyances that ferry the performers to the event.]

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[Two more self-identified tents.  In other years, it was fun to just wander to see the colorful tents for all the teams.  This was not a day conducive to wandering.]

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[A further clue we were getting close to the starting point was when someone offered, "Hey, old people, you're standing on the race path!"]

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[And there they were coming around in the distance.  The ongoing race when we arrived was the JV girls, several thousands of them!]

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[A bit of color and bareness as the runners disappear into the distance.]

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[We finally staggered to the starting line as the JV boys were assembling, in larger masses than the girls!]

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[This would be the fairway they would charge down when the gun sounded.]

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[A "selfie" to prove we were indeed braving the elements.  I'm guessing wind chills were in the 20's early on.]

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[Protect the women and children!  The stampede is about to begin.]

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[And there they go!]

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[As the thundering herd rumbled down the fairway, we saw deer and turtles fleeing for their lives in all directions.]

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[Gone now, there was evidence of the after effects of fracking.]

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["Weakie" and I somehow made it across the fairway without getting steamrollered by a hurtling 105-pound thinclad.  We wanted to be on the side closest to where the Cards would be starting from.  I popped on the telephoto lens and turned to fire back up toward the starting line - just happened to be the Hasz sisters.]

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[Then came some more Cards.]

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[The team gathered at center ice for last minute instructions from their coach . . . and then alone as a team.  I believe in the latter it's generally a discussion regarding the Blizzard of the Day.]

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[As the final countdown begins, stretching is the order of the day.  As the fans huddle together in their parkas, the athletes are garbed in mid-summer shorts and t-shirts.]

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[I didn't feel like changing lenses (I couldn't feel my fingers), so I couldn't get the entire field in a single photo.]

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[Check your watches so you can monitor your pace.]

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[And they're off!  The Cards had a good position in Lane 7 as the course would narrow on their side.  Although this is a distance race, the beginning is almost a full-out sprint as the runners try to get out front as the 25 "lanes" eventually shrink down to one or two.  Megan and Bethany always run from the front.]

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[The meet was to feature the top 3 runners in the state, the Hasz sisters and Jenna Trudeson from Bemidji.  Trudeson decided not to run, so the next top ten runner in the field was from Chanhassen.  Early on you could see those runners starting to separate from the field.  The ultimate 3rd place finisher for team Alex, Allison O'Kane (I believe immediately above) held that position pretty much from the start as well.]

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[And then they were gone . . . and the course went to the dogs.]

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["Weakie" and I ambled to the next vantage point.  In our defense, we did do our 3-mile walk earlier in the morning and were lucky to still be ambulatory.]

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[Chanhassen still in pursuit, with Red Wing still in the picture.]

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[Back to the other side again, here they come through Corky Krogstad's alley.]

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[They're getting a little more separation now.]

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[The Alex pack - they amazingly stuck together through most of the race.  I hope I can identify them at the finish.]

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[They were pretty much in the middle of the field.]

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[And on a new leg - this is where we came in (why yes, that is beautiful Lake Darling in the background).  Now we knew we were in trouble - it was a long wheeze to the finish line, and we didn't think we would get there in time . . . ]

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[And we were right, we were too late, but . . . ]

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[We could catch the rest of the Card team - here's Allison finishing 3rd on the team.]

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[And now I'm really guessing - please correct me if I'm wrong - but I believe I missed  Megan Shulstad in 4th and I think this is Callie Richardson in 5th?]

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[Jeanna Miller in 6th.]

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[And Kristin Trisvig.  And congrats to all - I get tired driving a 4k!]

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[Belatedly, the finish line.]

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[We decided we weren't likely to make it back to the start to see the boys race begin.  So, we just sat at the finish line to at least see them come in.]

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[A Stillwater Pony came in 1st place.  They also won the team event.  Year in and year out shooting for state championship.  They have enormous participation for both boys and girls.]

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[The Cards Aaron Runge finished 4th individually . . . and the team finished 4th overall.]

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[Shooting from the hip, Colton Sailor was the 2nd Card to finish . . .]

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[John Kumarowicz was 3rd . . .]

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[Brandon Jerde 4th . . .]

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[Jesse Groettum 5th . . . ]

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[And Eric Branch 6th . . . I hope that's right?  They're all seniors.]

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[Bob Cunniff, Voice of the Cardinals No. 2, was master of ceremonies.  He had just returned, at 2:00 am, from the Cardinal football game at Grand Rapids the night before . . .]

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[Speaking of which, the Cards won the football game 56-6, in somewhat inclement weather.  Photos on lend-lease from the Stark Facebook page.]

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[Meanwhile, back at the cross-country awards ceremony, the participants group together for warmth like walruses.]

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[Jerry Hansen of the Lions assists the emcee for trophy presentations.]

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[This is where short-term memory loss is an issue.  I believe her name was Beth Miller (?) and she won the junior high (?) division for the Cardinals.]

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[The sisters Hasz]

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[And then we were done.  Missed the boys' ceremonies because we could no longer feel our fingers, toes, and heads.]

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[To be fair, it is Minnesota, and we did find some locals enjoying the weather on our way out.]

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[Immediately after the meet, the super and I headed post haste to the winery to be warmed by Patchouli and red wine.  The latter is not condoned for those under age or addicted to Hostess cup cakes.  This was Julie and Bruce's final performance in Minnesota this year as they now begin performing their way south to their ultimate winter destination in Florida.]

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[We were joined at the winery by fellow Patchouli groupies, Deb and Paul Trumm.  Still not sufficiently warmed, the super and I proceeded to SAWA for an evening with the Salty Dogs.]

I got up one morning, couldn’t find my socks, so I called Information. She said, “Hello, Information.” I said, “I can’t find my socks.” She said, “They’re behind the couch.” And they were!  ~  Steven Wright

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If It’s Hotdish & Chili, It Must Be Fall in Minnesota!

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[Sunday was another 80-degree day.  What to do, what to do?  Well, first we just drove down our street to see what was happening.  There's some color, but as we will see as we go along, we're still at least a week from peak color.  But it was a nice day for a ride in the convertible . . . so how about the winery?  We were just there yesterday, Anthony Miltich was performing again, and they were serving up . .  THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTDISH!]

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[And here it is . . . with tater tots!]

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[And 5 or 6 (?) 7-foot loaves of bread!]

Video from the winery:

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[Now that's a slice of bread!!]

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[Mmmmmmmm, hotdish!  (Did I mention I'm in a weight loss contest with Tom Mulder?)]

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[The line . . . I think they thought they could serve 400.  And it was free!]

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[Goodbye to the winery until . . . well, probably next week.]

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[Then we just continued on a drive out and around Lake Ida.]

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["Selfie" to display the Carlos Creek "credit card" from the HQ. Thanks again, Kath.   :-)  ]

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[Lake Ida]

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[Ahhhhhhh, just drive a mile or two from the house, and we have entire roadways all to ourselves!  :-)  ]

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[And back around Lake Ida.]

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[Jonathon Livingston, I presume?]

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[The beautiful weekend gave way to what will be a week of  . . . gray, misty weather about 30 degrees cooler.  Such is fall.]


[You can read (or you wouldn't be here).  My job was to be bartender - and I would serve pop from a multi-source spigot!]

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[Early on, shooting from my bar post, the table on the right was composed of chili judges.  This annual event draws from 400 - 500 folks, and I would guess that's about what we got this year.  Oh, and in the photo below, the supervisor begins her quest to buy every item in the silent auction!]

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[Whew, a brief rest to catch my breadth.  I used some brief personal leave from my bartending duties to try to get a picture of all the participating chili makers.]

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[The supervisor, when not placing bids on everything in the silent auction, found time to help sell tickets!  :-)  ]

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[Cute, Carol, I mean really . . . cute.  ;-)  ]

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[Thanks again to all the participants, all the attendees, and all those who . . . sat at the bar and put bread in my jar!  See you again next year!  (p.s.  I believe I previously mentioned I'm in a weight loss contest.  Showing tremendous will power, I overcame my extreme love affair with chili and did not eat a single thing at the event.  Take that, Boy Tenor!)]

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.  ~  Steven Wright

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That Was The Week That Was Just Completed


["Weakie" was elected to be parade grand marshal for this post as he points out the "obvious" at a counter-culture establishment on Madeline Island in the Apostles.]


Two-day caravan through southern part of 7th Congressional District took Gary Carlson, Tom Obert and Jeanne Johnson to newspaper editors in Redwood Falls, Granite Falls, Marshall, Montevideo, Benson and Glenwood.  Willmar editor too busy to meet but he’ll receive summary of the REMI study and the CCL press pack pushing the carbon tax and rebate proposal.  The two surprises were the Swift County Monitor and the Pope CountyTribune (they also publish the Starbuck Times)–both proudly independent.  I expect to get 3-4 articles or editorials out of this trip. 

We reveled in the scenery, sweet little towns like Dawson with its tree lined boulevard, turkey-poop ethanol plants and oil trains.   Tom took pictures of us at every stop.  ~ Jeanne Johnson, Alexandria Citizens Climate Lobby

[Editor's note:  In my efforts to "map" this in the wee dark hours of the morning, I missed going from Granite Falls to Montevideo then to Dawson.  A clerical error I really do not feel like taking the time to correct.  It was a trip of first impression for me of Granite Falls, Marshall, Montevideo, Dawson, and Benson.  :-)  ]

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[Willmar, no editor, let's go see the pols!]

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[Hello, anybody home?]

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[This was Redwood Falls.  We had a heckuva time finding the paper in these towns.  I guess the locals all know where the paper is so they're not well "marked"!]

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[While in Redwood Falls let's go see . . . the falls!  With the requisite "selfie" to prove I was really there.]

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[Then to Granite Falls . . . ]

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[Yup, that's what the clock says.]

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[The Granite Falls falls.]

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[The Minnesota River downstream.]

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[The World's Oldest Rock . . . 3.8 billion years old!]

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[On the Minnesota River.]

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[As the sign says . . . ]

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[I didn't know this . . . did you?]

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[This is Marshall, about the same size as Alex.  We spent the night here, this was the following morning.  We had dinner at Bello Cuccina, a mini-chain bistro-type restaurant throughout this area!  :-)  ]

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[Then on to Montevideo where down the street . . . ]

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[It's sister city!  :-)  ]

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[Montevideo newspaper.]

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[Then Benson, and ended at Glenwood where I forgot my reportorial duties to get a picture?]

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[After a Friday evening with Al and Terry, a/k/a Emergency Stop, at SAWA, the next day, the final weekend in September, proved to be a beautiful day for an afternoon at the winery.  Sunny and 81 degrees, Professor Anthony Miltich performing, and joined by some CPF's.  ;-)  ]

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[Good-bye Marquette Stage . . . ]

Wait, before we go, a trio of contributions from the supervisor:

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[There's always a wedding at the winery . . . ]

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[We were joined by friends from Ashby, John and Helen Etnier.  Harkening back to the story line at the top of the post, they were actually at the Peoples' Climate March in New York City . . . ]


[And here's Helen's Facebook post to prove it!  :-)  ]

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[and again, good-bye Anthony . . . ]

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[See you both again next time.]

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[Then it was on to SAWA and the Cheese Bots . . . ]

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[A new group for us . . . ]

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[We have Lindy Pederson, Jim LaRocque, and Marty Sarlette, who you should recognize from Components.  They were all buddies back in the day at U of M, Morris.  Alex's own Greg DeGier was also a peer and was in the audience.]

They did a wonderful impersonation of Dave Brubeck here:

“Blue Rondo a la Turk”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xe_W_TWSUI&list=UUDt6CCFM-8cxXEwOQhEwkiA

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And then a little Clapton:

“Lay Down Sally”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Uum9SdRyw&list=UUDt6CCFM-8cxXEwOQhEwkiA

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[Our SAWA beverage was new and quite luscious! :-)  ]

What I didn’t see this week:  Our Alex Cardinals upset the high-flying Willmar Cardinals at their homecoming, 34 – 31; our girls’ soccer team upset the undefeated Sartell Sabres; our volleyball team rallying from a 2 – 0 deficit for a 3 – 2 victory at Brainerd; our boys’ cross-country team continuing a terrific year with a win at a 14-team meet; the girls’ cross-country team just 2 points out of first in a 14-team meet (with the Hasz sisters finishing 1 & 2); the Gophers winning the Little Brown Jug; and the Twins Phil Hughes (a great year in an otherwise bleak season) setting a major league record with 11.63 strikeouts for every one walk.


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As the Europeans kick our collective butts for the umpteenth consecutive time in the Ryder Cup, maybe it’s time to reconsider how we produce good golfers! It seems that for years now anytime a kid shows promise in the sport, uproot the whole family and move them to . . . Florida, Texas, Arizona, California. It doesn’t work anymore! We can’t play unless it’s 80 degrees-plus and sunny. The South Korean women dominate their sport – and probably have to play occasionally in (horrors) jackets. The European men – hey, a stocking cap is routine! I suggest that for the sake of our future relevance in the sport, that instead of farming kids out to the “sunshine states,” we send them to the Canadian maritime provinces to learn how to play in “real” weather!

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When cheese gets it’s picture taken, what does it say?  ~ George Carlin

Up next:  Good-bye to Crazy Dave?

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Homecoming ’14 (Part 2)

And now back to coverage by the parade participant . . .

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[We turned onto Broadway at 9th.  Sara got to walk down the middle of our main drag probably for the first time since she played for the Alex marching band.]

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[The rest of the parade turning the corner - you can see the construction from 6th through 8th in the background.]

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[Sara patiently waits for me to catch up again as I perform my reportorial duties.]

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[The following masses . . . ]

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[Then we were back to the old high school.  Jefferson looks lost and abandoned, in its chain link fence security fortress.]

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[Thus endth the parade!  :-)  ]

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[Then it was on to the football game, the feature presentation of the weekend.  We were hosting the Rocori Spartans.  When Sara asked who we were playing and I answered, she said "Whhaaaaa?"  Well, she lives in California and there was no such thing as Rocori in our day (well, if there was we didn't play them).  We came early for the tailgating - burgers, chips, and stuff - and my first "exposure" there was to The Competition.]

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[While I left to properly recycle my pop can, a complete stranger picked up my camera and took a "selfie"!  ;-)  ]

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[Then she took these photos of two old guys?  OK, the "selfie" was by Pam Lucas, a fellow Y worker outer, and Richie Braun is the other "old guy."  Richie and Marlene's grandson, Brayden Amundson, caught a 25-yard pass for the last TD of the game.]

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[Where are we?  The Texas prairies?  ;-)  Can  you find the supervisor in the middle photo? As you can  see, it was a beautiful sunny day - and warm and humid.  Sara and I did the 2-mile (+?) parade walk in a half hour and worked up a good lather.  The forecast for some time had called for PM thunderstorms, and by the morning the call was for strong thunderstorms by 3:00 - the game started at 2:00.]

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[The super suggested I go up to the press box for photo ops . . . and a nice breeze.]

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[OK, so you're wondering about the result?  Check the following Echo Press story.  (Pssst, it was 36 - 10 for our Cards!)]


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[The Big A]

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[The Big AD]

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[The team storms out of The Big A.  The Competition is there to confirm it.]

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[The team storms back to The Big A.]

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[Apologies to the cheerleaders.  I had The Big Lens on, which gives me a narrow field of vision.   I'll do better next time.]

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[Brayden is introduced.]

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[And his QB Jaran Roste follows with the rest of the team.]

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[The opening kick-off is returned by Joe Gorghuber.]

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[The first hand-off is to Alec Wosepka.  The running game picked up in this game - Justin Cumberbatch pounded them in the 1st half, Roste finessed them in the 2nd.]

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[The completion of that first run . . . OK, not much.]

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[Something happened.]

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[The Cards are closing in . . . ]

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[Cumberbatch scores on a 9-yard run!  A great individual effort - was hit twice behind the line, got free, and broke it to the outside.  Must be that wrestler's balance!  :-)  ]

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[The PAT was high enough and long enough . . . but apparently didn't go between the uprights?]

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[The Cards scored again on 22-yard pass to Gorghuber.]

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[Then a nifty 2-point conversion to Travis Krueger.]


[Then the forecast came true.  Just before the end of the half, the rain started slowly.  Many, including us, headed for our cars.  By the time we got to downtown, it was a down pour with gale force winds.  No, the above didn't happened on this night - but if the storm had lasted longer, it could have.  The start of the 2nd half was delayed for more than an hour.  When we got home, we turned on the Gopher game - that was similarly delayed about 2 hours later by the same storm.]the

Post game analysis from someone admittedly not that interested in football anymore:  The Cards defense has been good enough in all but the Sartell game.  I’ve only seen a game and a half but now I like the potential of the team.  If the defense remains consistent and the running game, about which I had doubts, continues to improve we should be competitive the rest of season.  I’d like to see the offense open up a little more because there are some abilities there – you have a 6’3″ quarterback and two 6’3″ wide receivers, Gorghuber and Amundson.  Roste has been under pressure when he drops back to pass, but he’s mobile.  Roll him out more – from the little I’ve seen he’s seems to be more accurate when he’s on the move, either direction, than when he’s back in the pocket.  But then what do I know?  Go Cards!

Around or about Homecoming:

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[Some probably believe we did not have homecoming in my day.  We did.  These are the cheerleaders for the event in 1964, my last homecoming.  It should be noted, however, that the footballs in those days were dried and varnished zucchinis.]


[Our sister-on-law, Karen (r), was also at a coliseum this week.]


[I seem to run into these two all the time recently.  They are, of course, the girls' basketball coaches, and I believe this photo was illegally obtained from Kohler's FB post.]

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[Soccer and volleyball had reasons to celebrate this week.  Soccer photo from the Echo Press and volleyball from someone's FB post?]


[I think Colvin came back to pick up her diploma (photo from her FB post).]


[I ran into Abby Williams (well, I think she ran into me) at the parade.  After hugs and pleasantries I had to catch back up with my walking classmate - I blew the photo op!  So, the best I can do is Abby's 2008 state champ classmate, Danielle "Roadblock" Justice, who "tended" a New Zealand men's team to their league championship (Danielle's the one without a beard - photo posted by her mom, as I recall).]

Bowling is not a sport because you have to rent the shoes.  ~  George Carlin

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