[* This May Take More Than One Column, Maybe Several]

[Editor’s note:  I am often asked (OK, a couple of e-mailers on the East coast) what am I doing up at 3:00 am?  Press deadlines!  And access to the supervisor’s computer.  It takes two computers to run this operation.  Video downloads are performed on the supervisor’s computer where they are then uploaded to YouTube.  A 5-minute video takes 45-60 minutes to upload on YouTube – if I’m running three at a time, as this weekend, that’s at least 2 1/2 hours.  While that’s running, on my computer I download still photos, cropping and adjusting as necessary, and do any scanning required for a 1st-rate publication (well, for a publication).]

[Jody Sundlee (l) said I never take her picture.]

Column IV, or wrapping up the weekend. The annual United Way Beer & Wine Tasting Gala attracted a record crowd on Friday. (It was 7 below zero that night – would go down to 15 below – and 7 below again yesterday. It is almost March – we believe (?) we have seen the last of the sub-zero days.) The high school’s Rainbow Strings again provided the entertainment against the background din of people noshing and sipping. Rainbow Strings performers were discouraged from participating in the beer & wine tasting portion of the festivities.

Rainbow Strings video (with cameo appearances by “Dangerous” Dan, the supervisor, and Barb Benson):

Yesterday we ventured to the winery expecting to see Matt Veline as the musical performer. Instead, we found Finestra w/ Karen Page. We like them too – apparently they had to flip-flop weekends with Veline. The place was crowded, the fireplace was going, and sunlight was streaming through the windows – it got hot in there. A Minnesota solution was to crank the windows wide open (see, in the photo?) though it was below zero outside – seemed to work.

Wrapping up the weekend sports activities, “Marvin Windows Team USA All-Stars” beat So. St. Paul 5-1 for the state class A hockey championship.  This was not unexpected.  The final results of all games showed our Cards well – we beat So. St. Paul, 3-2, in the season opener; and Red Wing, who beat us in the consolation round, went on the win the consolation championship over Hutchinson, 5-4.  The Cards could play with anyone in the tournament, except the “All-Stars,” who probably could have won the class AA championship.

The girls section 8AAA basketball pairings have been set: 

The Cards host Rocori on Tuesday @ 7:00.  If we win that game, we would have to beat Sartell, then Fergus to win the section championship.  Fergus getting the No. 1 seed was important as now they only have to face either Sartell or Alex, rather than both of them.  Through deep research, I was able to discover the Cards are rated 1,442 in the country, and 42nd in the state.  How do they come up with this stuff?  I would be astounded if there are 41 teams in the state better than the Cards – now we can sneak up on people!  🙂

Echo photos of Cara and Alli:


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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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