Homecoming I

The Education Foundation’s activities were the opening acts for the long homecoming weekend.  Thursday night at Woodland Elementary, two of the new Hall of Fame inductees treated their audiences to presentations in their respective fields – Dr. Patrick Redig on raptors and the establishment of the raptor center at the University of Minnesota; and Jodi Hills on writing and illustrating.  We found them to be informative and entertaining.  Between “acts” we were treated to cupcakes and punch!  We had planned on going to the volleyball game afterwards, but the Cards had dispatched Apollo in 3-straight, so it was over before we could get there.  (The Cards had previously defeated undefeated conference leader Brainerd, ending their mini-losing streak.  We were not there either.  Dave Harris, Voice of the Cardinals, suggested we no longer attend games for the sake of their winning streak.)

The following afternoon the Hall of Fame luncheon and ceremony were held for the new inductees at Broadway Ballroom.  As I recall, turnout was around 140, slightly down from the previous year.  You’re all coming next year though, right?

[The high school’s Rainbow Strings performed for us again.  Thank you!]

[Can you find your reporter?]

[I had the honor of introducing Rod Nordell.  I asked the audience to smile for a photo as I told them I was covering the event as well.  Mr. Nordell’s daughter, Elizabeth, was there to accept on his behalf.]

[The inductees – Elizabeth Nordell (for Rod), her son, Jodi Hills, and Pat Redig.]

[Delighted attendees.]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” 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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