Carol Rambow We lived on a dairy farm near Lake Wagonga. I was in first grade. The weather wasn't that bad in the morning. Dad would take me to the school house a little south of Willmar than go into town to sell the milk. But that day he realized the weather was worsening and he came and picked me up It must have been around 10 o'clock and we were a mile from home. The pickup stopped, so dad walked home and got the horses and pulled the truck to the farm. He had to keep clearing the ice away from the eyes of the horses. When we got home, we checked the livestock.
Three former Willmar athletes will be the 2018 inductees to the Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame. Tom Corneil (WHS 1963), Mike Fischer (1965) and Curt Eischens (1979) will be inducted during a luncheon before the Homecoming game on Friday, and they will introduced at halftime of the Cardinals' game against Moorhead. Here are profiles of the inductees: Tom Corneil Top 5 Highlights • Contributing sports memorabilia to Cardinal Pride fundraisers • Reputation as an ardent, life-long Willmar Cardinal fan since 1954
Willmar High School graduates Tom Corneil (Class of 1963), Mike Fischer ('65), Curtis Eischens ('79) are the newest members of the Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame. The three will be inducted Sept. 28 at a tent banquet starting 3:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Elementary parking and introduced at halftime of the Homecoming football game with Moorhead. At 10 a.m. that Friday, they will visit with KWLM Radio sportscaster Todd Bergeth. Cardinal Pride president Jerry Swoboda released the names of the 17th class of inductees.
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.