Twenty years ago this August, the Willmar VFW Post 1639 baseball team took a 33-1 record to the VFW State Tournament held at Knute Nelson Park in Alexandria. The '39ers were good enough that manager Elsie Klemmetson began comparing them to the 1977 team that was 26-1. Retired West Central Tribune reporter Rand Middleton, who covered the '98 tourney, contacted several players for their recollections of a magical summer. Erik Maursetter, C/OF: We had a talented bunch, no doubt, but there was just something about these guys. We always found a way to win.
WILLMAR - Andy Jacobson and Brady Madsen each belong to a golfing pitch with a "Creek' in its name. Jacobson's home course is Eagle Creek; Brady plays on his hometown nine called Hawk Creek, at Raymond. Both course are fine examples of their type—the Willmar club's original back nine opened on D.N. Tallmen's farm in 1931, later expanding. Hawk Creek was part of a course-building explosion in the 1990s.
SPICER — In the long run, this Green Lake 12 miler Sunday may have been unique. "This was probably the coldest ever," said Dan Hubbard, race director. "Sixty-three degrees; usually the EMT's are concerned about runners overheating.'' That's why the race has a beat-the-heat 7 a.m. start. Turns out, this time, noon would have been an ideal start as the sun pushed the clouds aside. It rained, softly, throughout. No one could remember such a wet morning in the 43 years of the race-around-the-big-lake.
Squads of veterans from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVets and others place flags on the graves of every veteran in the area this weekend. On Memorial Day, the veterans will visit each cemetery in Kandiyohi County where they will read the roll call, fire a rifle salute and play taps. About 2,000 flags are put on veterans’ graves in Kandiyohi County.
Excitement is in the air again surrounding Willmar basketball. Long, long ago - like, before World War II - at a high school near you, basketball alone occupied center stage. No pro sports, just the Gophers, and perhaps some pro rasslin. Former sports reporter Rand Middleton took a closer look at two memorable Cardinal hoops seasons that he never quite got in his crosshairs during his time at the Tribune. For over a century, basketball remains a game putting a round ball through a larger ring that is 10-feet from the floor. Little else remains unchanged.
Zander Rossmanith bobs up from the water as his cousin, Wyatt Brus, launches down the frog's tongue as the temp reached 90 at 3 p.m. Monday at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center pool in Willmar . The Iowa lads are on their annual extended family vacation each year and staying on Little Norway Lake.
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A look inside of Chappell Central plant on Feb. 24 in Willmar.
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