New scoreboard installation at Mollberg Field nearing completion
The installation of the new scoreboard video screen at Mollberg Field is nearing completion in time for its first use Friday night at the East Grand Forks, Detroit Lakes football game.
A new video screen has also been installed in the Ralph Anderson Gymnasium and is scheduled for use at Tuesday’s volleyball game with Frazee.
The idea for the new screen at Mollberg Field began three years ago, spearheaded by the late Mark Hagedorn.
Hagedorn was honored at this year’s Laker Open with a Lifetime Laker award from the Booster Club. At that time, Hagedorn was unable to attend due to his health.
At the conclusion of that ceremony, Booster Club member Steven Hanson implored those gathered for golf that day and to support Laker athletics to help fund and finish Hagedorn’s pet project.
“We’d like to do this to honor Mark because it was one of his big ideas,” Hanson said.
In a very short time, the Booster Club and area businesses came together to do just that.
Within days after Mark's passing, the outpouring of support for his vision amassed over $300,000 in donations, according to a letter submitted to the Tribune this week by Detroit Lakes’ Superintendent Doug Froke.
“We are so grateful for Mark's passion for Laker Athletics,” Froke said. “He shepherded the business side of the Booster Club for a long time and as such, this scoreboard project is dedicated to his commitment toward giving our student athletes something extra.”
The support was so much that it enabled the purchase and installation of the gymnasium screen and the possibility of a scoreboard at the Washington Park baseball complex, which is much-needed as the current scoreboard has numerous maladies.
Hagedorn’s family will be in attendance for a ceremony before Friday night’s football game to dedicate the scoreboard in Hagedorn’s memory and in line with his vision for Laker sports.