[But first, just wanted to let everyone know this was the first week we senior golfers were able to play every day we were scheduled to play.  As you can see, we were really excited about it!  🙂 ]


[And Friday, there was Josie at the winery.  As school is now out, blog reporting will be heavily dependent upon the local music scene.  It seems to be growing exponentially.  The supervisor says it is interfering with her gardening.]


[Josie is Josie Nelson.  She is 13 years old.  She has been performing locally for 20 years – well, time flies.  She is now so experienced and comfortable in what she does, one can’t believe she is about to enter the 9th grade.  She will be part of the first graduating class at the new high school that never attended Jefferson High.  Incidentally, her grandmother’s class was the first to graduate from the aforementioned Jefferson.  Yes, this is way better than Facebook!  😉 ]

“The Way I Am”:


[Josie, because of her vast years of experience, has been previously highlighted herein.  But I had never before taken videos at her performances – so I made sure to check with her and her mom for appropriate clearances.  She already has many videos on YouTube which, fortunately, are way better than the ones I took on this day.  As our winter and spring of discontent continues, we were delighted to finally being outside as interior videos have been overwhelmed by bad acoustics and background noise.  But Friday’s weather conspired to wreak exterior havoc.  30 mph winds created their own background noises – once even toppling Josie’s music stand.   I’ll try to do better next time.]


[The supervisor voiced a liking for her blouse.]

“Don’t Know Why”:

[After she channeled Norah Jones on this ditty, I told her family she was 13 going on 42.]


[Since one must discuss all things Alexandria, from a trip into the Way-Back Machine we learned that Roger Perry, of Perry’s Highway (or was it Hi-Way?) Furniture fame, was her great grandfather.]




[She wrote “Sunshine.”  Then performed it in the Minnesota State Fair grandstand before 10,000 people when she was 11 years old.  She won the talent contest.]


[Josie did 2-hour performances when she was 11, last year at 12 she did 3-hour performances, and this year she’s doing the full 4 hours and will be at the winery several times this summer.]


[The day after Patchouli’s last performance in Alex, they were at the Lake Harriet bandshell in Minneapolis.  So, that would be last Monday.  Thanks to Patchouli Super Fan Sue Elliot for the above and following photos and videos.





[Great job, Sue.]


[This week at Camp Brosius, the Indiana University alumni camp in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.  Grandson Tom, in the tie-dye bandana on the left, having just completed his freshman year at Purdue, is a staff counselor this summer . . . though Purdue and IU are known to be dreaded rivals!  😉 ]

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[Tom’s dad, Danny, a Purdue alum, sticking it to the Hoosiers!]


[The Cardinal girl golf team finished 2nd in the state meet in Class 3A.  Their 655 score would have won every other state tournament since they went to three classes.  From l-r: Mark Storhaug (asst coach), Bridget Amundson, Emily Thul, Brynn Novotny, Shelby Iverson, Amanda Bigger, Natalie Amundson, Tim Zupfer (head coach).  (Echo Press photo.)  A big congrats to the team.]


[Emily Thul (Echo Press photo)]


[Wensia Johnson finished 2nd in the state long jump (Echo Press photo).]

And finally, from the KXRA website, a video on the Red Willow Arts Coalition’s music on the courthouse lawn series:

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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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