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Wednesday, April 25, 2001
Spring to Summer
As I get ready to write this week, I can look to the West and the sun is setting...It's big and a wonderful sight. It almost looks summer-like! Hard to believe that 12 hours ago, schools were closing and we were cursing another winter bashing.

We do want instant gratification. We do want it to get nice right now...to jump from winter to summer...and although spring has been slow to come to us this year, it will come and it won't be long and we will be outside doing the summer things.

I know Kyle and I are planning to broadcast some spring sports events on KWAD-KNSP this spring, but I have taken the "wait 'til it warms" approach. It looks like we will get out in May and pick up some games.

More good new from Luther College this week. Former W-DC Wolverine distance runner Johanna Olson has qualified for the National Meet 1500 meter run at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Her time of 4:36:41 is the fastest in Division III to date and was a meet and stadium record, as well as a Luther College school record. Olson will now get a chance to run at prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa in the Invitational 5,000 meter race. That event will be held on Thursday April 26.

Hey, real spring weather is right around the corner! Summer will soon follow.

Remember: The hardest thing to give is in.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, April 11, 2001
A Little Perspective
Will Michael Jordan come out of retirement? Did Tiger Woods actually complete a grand slam in golf? What are the Timberwolves, and Twins chances this year?

You know what....it doesn't matter.

As winter turns to spring, as farmers open machine shed doors and get ready for another season, as coaches try and get their teams outside long enough for a practice....I am reminded that all that doesn't really matter.

Not really. Because this week I have not had to fill, haul, or pile one sandbag. I have no fear for my property or my family. I understand these people choose to live in flood prone areas along the rivers, but I do feel sorry for them as I watch their struggle. They need to catch a break. They need help. They need to rest.

It makes my week seem pretty smooth.

Meanwhile, the Twins have jumped to a nice start...although most of the beatings have been on Detroit. The Wolves are in the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

As you may have noticed elsewhere on SportsCow.com, the Mid-State Conference coaches and activities directors met at the Wadena Elks Lodge last Friday to select all-conference players from the winter sports season and hand out conference championship trophies.

They also accepted the requests from Pine River-Backus and Pequot Lakes to join the conference. I sat next to PR-B head coach Bob Nelson and he seems confident they will be able to be competitive in boys' basketball. I think both schools will be a nice addition to the conference. They will actually come in in the fall of 2002.

Another winter of great high school sports has come to an end and it's time to focus on the spring sports season. We need some sun and warm weather to get me in the mood...and I know several coaches and many golfers are itching to get going.

That's all for this week...the cows are starting to drop their calves and I have to wade out in the mud and check them again.

Remember:

Happiness is a direction not a destination.
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, April 4, 2001
Lotsa Stuff
It's a good thing I don't make a living predicting the outcome of sporting events. My "just for fun" NCAA brackets looked like they had been out behind the barn smoking something funny. Even as the teams were narrowed, I still kept picking the wrong team. In the end, when I had a 50-50 shot, I was wrong for the last time in this years tournament! DON'T QUIT MY DAY JOB!

The Duke Blue Devils are the national champions and after watching Monday night, I have to believe the best two teams in the country played in that game. What a game Mike Dunleavy turned in! He scored 21 points overall, 18 points in a seven minute stretch and 9 points in a :46 second span.

Coaches will tell you to success at tournament time you need players to make plays. Dunleavy certainly did that....and as expected Shane Battier made plays late in the contest. Especially two offensive rebounds that he put back for key baskets. Duke beat Arizona 82-72.

Bob Tubandt will have the Northern Minnesota Box-Off winners at the Medina Ballroom this weekend for the Upper-Midwest Golden Gloves Tournament. I also learned that Wadena will host the 2001 Junior Olympic State Boxing Tournament. This tourney will be for 10-16 year olds and will be held May 19th and 20th at the Wadena National Guard Armory.

The Minnesota Twins have announced that 27 communities around the state will host Minnesota Twins Youth Clinics. This is the 41st season of youth clinics. The three-hour clinic is free and will be broken into 2-90 minute sessions for kids 6-8 and then 9-16. As of this week the kids youth clinic will be at Al Krueger Field in Perham June 8th at 3p.m.; at Jack Williams Stadium in Fargo June 16th at 9a.m.; at Mark Evenson Memorial Field in Bemidji July 14th at 9a.m.; and July 20th at 3p.m. at Whitney Fields in St. Cloud. It would be a fun opportunity for boys and girls to learn some baseball skills and receive positive messages about life.

Have a great week and remember:

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
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