We’re Off to the ‘X’

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[This is a Sun Dog.  Snowbirds cannot see these.  They only happen when it’s really cold.  It was double digits below zero yesterday morning.]

With fellow Super Fans, Vivian and “Weakie” Annen, we are soon off to the Xcel Center in St. Paul for the first game of the girls’ state hockey tournament (our 7th trip in the last 9 years!) – our Cards v. Red Wing.  You may recall when we left for the ‘X’ in 2008, the year we won the Class A championship, we reported the temperature was 26 degrees below zero when we left Alex, heading for the Cities where it was a reported balmy minus 10.  This morning it is 13 below zero as we ready to leave with a wind chill of minus 25.  Maybe it’s an omen?

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[Card girl roundballers beat Detroit Lakes last night.  Not an offensive masterpiece, but it’s still really fun to watch our Cards play defense.  Karly Betterman carried the day again.  Good night all around for Redbird fans – Card boys’ hockey beat Sartell 4-1, at their place, in the opening round of the sections, and the boys’ basketball team beat Moorhead at their place (Moorhead beat us rather handily here in, as I recall, our first game of the season).]

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[When Kohler’s not happy, nobody’s happy!  😉 ]

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[It’s been a winter wonderland around here lately – about 16″ of snow last week and here are a few photos from last Thursday.  Above from West Lake Cowdry Road.]

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[West Lake Cowdry Road]

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[West Lake Cowdry Road]

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[Dangerous Dan’s]

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[Again]

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[On Monday we had a pair of bald eagles, one an adolescent, in our lakeside cottonwood.]

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[We’ll end with the Sun Dog . . .]

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[And a thought from Danielle’s New Zealand blog.]

I have yet to blog the East coast trip, the Gopher women’s hockey and basketball games, and the Cards girls’ basketball game from last night.  I’m thinking of hiring elementary school interns to help process hundreds of photos.  They are undoubtedly much faster at it than I!  But until then, we’re going to hit I-94 dancing to a whole new rhythm!

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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