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.
He had a whirlwind this past five months, starting with coaching his final JV game for the Gobblers, and the recent announcement he was being inducted into the Minnesota State University Moorhead Hall of Fame in October. There is not a more deserving inductee than this hard-working guy who gives nothing less than 125% to every task he takes on.
It was great to visit with Mike a couple of weeks ago at his home. We looked at all of his memories on the wall that he has collected over the years, including pictures of all the teams he coached at Aitkin.
He has a small encased display dedicated to his father, a decorated veteran. It also includes an old portion of my column written when Willard passed away. Mike comes from a wonderful family. I knew Beth and Willard for many years, along with his sister, Judy, and brother, Bob. They are all great people, but Mike is something special.
He excelled in high school, then went to Moorhead to become a Dragon. In all four years there he was a letter winner, co-
captain as a senior, second team Academic All-American (first Dragon to win the award), was named to the All-NSIC team as a senior, won the Dr. Geib Award as most dedicated player and an All-Conference player.
Mike is the kind of guy who realizes the sacrifices people make and the effort they put forth. He has developed so many girls’ basketball players and has been an integral part of the Gobblers’ success over the past decade plus. Former Gobbler Coach Rob Williams has said many times that he couldn’t have had the great seasons without Mike being on the bench next to him. There is no greater compliment than that.
Congratulations, Mike. You are a very deserving inductee. The MSUM Hall of Fame gains a great member on Friday, Oct. 4 in Moorhead.