“You Coulda Been There!”

[Cardinals cross country conference champions – a/k/a, the quintuple “c” (Echo Press).]

For reasons to be described in greater detail shortly, I am a bit behind in my reporting – no doubt to your extreme consternation (?).  In my elderliness, I have become a Cub “Fair Weather” Reporter – that meaning I have missed the last two home football games under fear of weather induced discomfort.  It was subsequently reported that Tuesday night’s game – the first round of the sections – was actually played in great football weather.  Anyway, our Cardinals have now won three straight games.  They ended the regular season with a 30-24 win over Moorhead; and then beat Sauk Rapids-Rice (a replay of last year’s section finals) 42-16 in the section opener.  Next they play the No. 1 seeded Rocori Spartans in the section semi-finals.  The Cards played them close at their place during the regular season – so we have a shot at going to the section finals three years in a row.  Our double secret probation source advised that the team changed its entire offense at mid-season and has been on a roll ever since!

[Nick Knoblauch against Moorhead (Echo Press).]

In other news, the music scene in Vacationland USA:

[Paul Trumm captures Patchouli at the winery’s Applefest.  The place was a mob scene, making videoing impossible.  In lieu thereof, the following is a video submitted by Patchouli fan, Sue Elliot.]


[Lisa Lynn at SAWA.  Love the hat.  We have to admit to having her CD on in the car all the time.]

[Jeff James was at the winery.  I made my first attempt at using the video feature of the new super-duper photojournalist professional camera.  I noticed Jeff’s “menu” included a song titled “Zamboni.”  I thought perfect for this blog!  I asked Jeff if I could YouTube him on the song – he played it, I couldn’t figure out how the camera’s video feature worked!  (I have included “Zamboni” by the Gear Daddies to show us all what I missed.)  The instruction booklet for the camera is larger than the OED.  I subsequently figured it out by trial and error and have included videos of Jeff doing “Folsom Prison Blues” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”]




[You may recall this from the previous post.  David Bengston, on the far left, created poetry-on-a-stick – a takeoff on the highlights of the state fair.]

In other news,  a famous Alexandria landmark:

From Al Grundei:

Red maples:


And lest you missed the Grand Portage northern lights:

BTW, the Moby Obie was put to bed for the winter on Tuesday.  Far and away the longest it has ever stayed in the water.  Not that we used it – only 4 times all year – but we have not had a snow yet, really rare for this time of year.


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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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