Dave Harris Tribute


Dave is retiring at the end of this year after 48 years of broadcasting Cardinal sports on KXRA.  Now that’s true love – driving home from Bemidji after a hockey game in mid-January, getting home after midnight, and getting up early in the morning to file your report with the radio station.  Uffda!  There’s only one thing that could keep you going through all of that – plenty of Cokes!

On Wednesday, the community feted Dave on all those long years of service with a tribute at the high school.  And when you fete someone, you have to serve cake!

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And you have to have honoree stuff . . .

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Paul Dyke is the caricaturist.  Paul is the son of Dick Dyke, past general manager for the Park Region Echo.  Dick hired Dave to be the sports columnist for the newspaper some time back in the last century.  Paul is also a close personal friend of all members of the Obert family because . . . well, we all grew up together in Victoria Heights.

Then Dave and Evie “hosted” a receiving line that lasted past the agenda schedule of events (or is that redundant?) . . .

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And then the speakers . . .

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[Dave Hartmann, Cardinal athletic director]

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[Bob Cunniff, Dave’s broadcast partner]

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[Brett Paradis, owner of KXRA]

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[Joe Korkowski, emcee and producer of the video at the end of this post]

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[The honoree . . . for goodness sake’s, the guy is known all over the state and is the envy of many communities.  Name any other radio station that broadcasts high school volleyball games.  Go ahead, I dare you!  😉  ]

So as we say good-bye, with Mark Ripley (“The Competition”) and Dave’s cokes . . .

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I have to report that Dave was always a useful resource in the production of this blog.  Many a time I would go to a game . . . and then the next morning listen to Dave’s broadcast archived on the Voice of Alexandria to make sure I got things right.  Why else do you think I’d be up before 4:00 am most days?

The Voice of Alexandria’s terrific video (thanks, Joe):

And we have to end with a bone of contention . . .


Dave claims he had nothing to do with this, but we have a number of witnesses to the contrary.  Back in the days before electricity and social media, we had no way of knowing the results of high school games the morning after unless we’d been at the game – I mean the Echo is only published twice a week.  We were mall walkers back then – the prelude to the Fat Boys Walking Club at the Y – and Dave and Evie would do the same after Dave’s morning radio report.  So we’d always descend on him en masse to find out the scores.  At the time, he knew we were totally smitten with the girls’ hockey team, so he said, “I suppose you want to know how your little darlings did last night?”  Well, the name stuck . . . and the team presented us with the above framed photo that year.  The next year the team won state, as we predicted at the start of the season.

Thanks again, Dave, you can now be a proud member of the Super Fans!

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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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