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Well folks, the decision was made by the MSHSL last week to move football and volleyball to next spring and leave tennis, soccer and cross-country in the fall.

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Well folks, one of my many favorite baseball players, Roy Campanella who played for the Dodgers before a car accident left him a quadriplegic back in the ’60s, once said, “You have to be a man to play baseball for a living, but you have to have a lot of  little boy in you to play it too.”

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Well folks, it could have been any summer night 40 years ago at the “wreck hall” at Edgewater Beach Resort on Cedar Lake.

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Well folks, this would normally be the week that I would congratulate the graduates for this year and talk about the athletic exploits of this year’s seniors. And yes, there have been many, but the way this school year has panned out. That is not the case this year.

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Well folks, with Memorial Day coming up next Monday, I have a story that may touch your heart strings a little and may bring a few tears as well as it did when I started to think about telling it.

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Well folks, this past Sunday was Mother’s Day and we hope that everyone had a chance to spend some time with their moms, whether it was live or in some cases through a window at one of the area’s assisted living or nursing home facilities.

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Well folks, there is so much negative to dwell on these days let’s see if we can find something positive to talk about this week.

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Well folks, the official spring sports season was eliminated last week by the order of Governor Tim Walz. A decision that was certainly not a surprise, but it was the latest strike against this year’s seniors in high schools around the state.

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Well folks, to be perfectly honest with you it is getting tougher and tougher each week to find something to write about with the current world situation going on, but we always seem to find something and this week is no exception.

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Well folks, last week I couldn’t take it anymore, I had to take a run up to Woock Field and see if anything was happening and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Well folks, it’s another week and everyone is still in this pandemic known as the coronavirus so there isn’t a lot to talk about, but we’ve got a couple of items for you.

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Well folks, the coronavirus continues to be the top story around the world and I have had the opportunity to chat with someone who has already been through this for the past three months.

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Well folks, we start this week with some sad news as we learned of the passing last week of John Wayrynen of McGregor.

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Well folks, I never thought I would see this day come, a day when there is really no sports to talk about. I have been doing this column since 1977 and I have never seen a week like the past one.

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Well folks, it was a great     Mixed Martial Arts matchup at the A-Town Throwdown in Austin last Saturday night and it ended in the first loss for Aitkin’s Noah Landrus as he lost a five-round decision to unbeaten Davi Young.

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Well folks, the local bowling association tourney is history for another year, there were some nice scores shot along with 12 perfect games tossed in the no-tap event.

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Well folks, it’s State Tournament time this week for Minnesota’s wrestlers and this week we start by congratulating two of Aitkin’s finest as they prepare for the individual portion of the tourney.

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Well folks, it was another big day for the Aitkin Gobbler wrestlers as they took on the field at the Section team event at Royalton High School.

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Well folks, the Twins pitchers and catchers head for Florida this week with the full squad ready to assemble early next week. This is going to be quite a year for Minnesota as they work to defend their Central Division title.

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Well folks, it’s Super Bowl week this week and this year’s edition should be a great one with the Kansas City Chiefs battling the San Francisco 49ers in Miami. It shapes up to be a close hard-fought game with both offenses being explosive at times and both with tough defensive teams, especia…

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Well folks, Hockey Day in Minnesota last week reminded me of a time back in the 60’s when Fifth St. became our own hockey rink.

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Well folks, if you are surprised that the Vikings lost at San Francisco last Saturday, you shouldn’t be.

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Well folks, even the most staunch skeptic of the coaching style of P.J. Fleck and the Minnesota Gopher football team members have to be smiling after their win over favored Auburn in the Outback Bowl on New Years Day.

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Well folks, the Christmas holiday is behind us now and as most of you know it was also my birthday last week. That always brings a lot of good wishes and texts and social media thoughts.

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Well folks, it’s Dec. 18 and if everything goes well this will be the final day of radiation for Barb, and she has a couple of weeks off before a few last treatments in the Cities in January.

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Well folks, they honored a legend last Friday night at the McGregor High School gym and it was a happening event.

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• CO Taylor Hochstein (Hill City) continued to monitor firearms deer season activities. Low deer harvest rates over the past week have many outdoor enthusiasts looking forward to ice fishing. Extreme caution is urged when venturing out on the newly formed ice. Enforcement action was taken fo…

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Well folks, the thing you have to take from the Gophers beating at the hands of the Badgers last Saturday is that the attitude has to change for Minnesota fans. P.J. Fleck said after the game that we can’t go back to that “here we go again” philosophy and know that the program is on the upsw…

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Well folks, the Aitkin Gobblers opened the new girls basketball season this past Tuesday against Pine City at the Aitkin High School gym.

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Well folks, there are a few things about Iowa that I don’t really care for.

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Well folks, to put things in perspective as far as the last time the Golden Gophers were 9-0 in football consider this. The year was 1904, the year my dad was born, the first Ford Model B rolled off the line, Rolls Royce brought out it’s first vehicle, Cy Young pitched the first perfect game…

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Well folks, there has been so much going on recently that we have missed some important stuff and this week we will play some catch-up for you.

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Well folks, the Aitkin Gobblers survived a semi-final matchup with Greenway last Saturday afternoon at Veterans Field 22-20 to earn a berth in this Thursdays Section 7AAA football championship game against the Esko Eskomos in Duluth. The game will be played at UMD’s Jim Malosky Field at 7 p.…

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Well folks, it has been a rough couple of weeks for this reporter with the passing of three important people in the area.

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There is not much better than to see three Minnesota National Youth Golf participants receiving new golf clubs sets and new golf bags. This is all possible because of a generous donation to Minnesota National Youth Golf from Team Cholla. Thank you so much, this is so awesome! Stay tuned for more.

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Well folks, this week’s Little League World Series has again reinforced my belief that baseball is the greatest game of all. This year’s event has a little local flavor in a couple of ways. First of all, a Minnesota team is in the mix – an all-star team from Coon Rapids/Andover. Secondly, Sh…

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We proudly hosted the Bann’s Bar Tournament Aug. 4, one of the biggest events of our season. First place in the skins flight went to Brett Nelson, David Nelson, Gary Nelson and Aaron Spitzer. First place in the open flight went to Todd Harp, Warren Stenson, John Hedin and Tom Hanson.

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Well folks, I have known Mike Reem for over 50 years. From bowling at Aitkin Lanes, to the football field and sidelines at the Aitkin High School, he has always been a standup guy, no matter what he was involved in.

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Congratulations go out to Dean Juola, from Bakersfield, Calif., for making a hole in one at Minnesota National on Saturday, July 27. Dean hit a great shot with his eight iron, nice flight, a little draw, two hops then plopped into the hole on the 154 yard par three hole four on our Savanna “…

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Well folks, the snow began to arrive and the winds of November were gone as the 1958-59 Aitkin Gobbler boys’ basketball team started drills in anticipation of a fresh season. They had a new coach following the untimely death of coach Herman Woock over the past summer. Most of the players won…