The Frazee High School District will be forming its first-ever Hornet Athletic Hall of Fame, with its first class to be inducted in the fall of 2013. The search for candidates is now underway, with the Frazee Hornet Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee taking nominations. The committee will be receiving applications up until June 1, and applications can be found on the school’s website located at www.frazee.k12.mn.us
The sandhill crane. Indeed, one of Minnesota’s most interesting birds happens to possess one of the most amazing voices of any species of bird I know of. On my commutes home this springtime driving across a landscape yet replete with snow and cold, catching a glimpse of my unique avian friends during this month of April has been fleeting, if not almost non-existent.
Sometimes an issue can seem so complex and all encompassing that people give up trying to do anything about it. “It’s such a huge topic,” the reasoning goes, what I do doesn’t really matter.” But it can matter, especially when enough hands join together in a common, united cause. Take Earth Day, for example. Helping the environment, while grand in scope, is something everyday citizens and businesses can do by focusing on simple, doable tasks.
Mother Nature can’t win every time, as the Detroit Lakes boys’ tennis team found a way to break into the 2013 spring season. The Lakers traveled to Fargo for an indoor meet against Crookston, but falling 5-2. The Pirates swept singles play, with Chandler Hanks being the closest to winning by taking Jake Wideseth to three sets, before losing in the third tiebreaker 9-7 in fourth singles action. The Lakers were strong in doubles play, as Isaac and Alex Fondrick rolled to a pair of 6-0 victories over Jacob Roesch and Nicholoi Broekemeier.
The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center’s spring fundraiser, the Garden Party, is happening this Thursday evening, April 25 at the Center. Bidding for silent auction items begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. Potted plants, bedding plants, garden tools, and books on gardening will be among the many items available for bidding. This year Rod Mursu will call a live auction segment beginning at 7 p.m., and there are many exciting items for the live auction including rounds of golf, private wine tasting and more.
A local weight loss challenge group recently announced its winners. Participants in two groups won money for losing the highest percentage of body weight. Noon group winners were as follows: First place, Marlene Bunnis, 9.19 percent; second place, Lynn Hendricks, 6.04 percent; third place, Clare Hendrickx, 5.76 percent. The 5:30 p.m. group winners were as follows: First place, Tammy Torma, 10.83 percent; second place, Kenny Haspel, 8.66 percent; third place, Sandy G., 5.2 percent.
Eight Minnesota State Community and Technical College students took home top awards at the Minnesota SkillsUSA Competition in Bloomington. The PowerSports program on the Detroit Lakes campus had three winners in two events. Shawn Hayes (Detroit Lakes) won the gold in Power Equipment Technology, John Adamek (Indian River, Mich.) won third place in Power Equipment Technology and Shawn Heckler (Battle Lake) placed third in Snowmobile Technology. All are second-year students, and their Skills advisor is instructor Kent Reisenauer.
About two weeks ago I wrote a column about getting into the wrong taxi in Port au Prince, Haiti, and the dangerous and scary situation that followed. When you got to the end of the article, you discovered it was all an April Fool’s joke. I have been scolded many times about that trick-ending with words like, “You got me,” “I was thinking how stupid you were,” “I was scared,” “Don’t ever do that to me again,” etc., etc.
Minnesota State senior receiver Adam Thielen was one of 218 college football players to be invited to the Super Regional Combine held at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Tex., April 7 and 8. An invitation-only event, the Super Regional Combine serves as a supplement to the National Football League’s Nation-al Scouting Combine for athletes to show NFL scouts what they can do on the football field as teams prepare for the annual draft which this year is slated for April 25-27. A total of 30 of the league’s teams were represented at the Super Regional Combine.
Learn more about the trends and issues that have shaped the world of fashion in an upcoming program at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. “Fashion Trends and Issues, 1850s to 1920s” is presented by a fashionably dressed Vickie Wendel, who follows women’s fashions from the sewing machine to ready-made clothing that came from the mail order catalog. Ms. Wendel will be at the Detroit Lakes Library on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m.