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PHILADELPHIA — Adam Thielen is the epitome of Minnesota Nice. The Vikings receiver from Detroit Lakes, Minn., is a stand-up guy in the team's locker room after wins and, more importantly, losses. He looks his inquisitors in the eye and tries to give thoughtful answers to what can, admittedly, be sometimes inane questions. He appears to be what sports fans seek in their stars, both on and off the field: A genuinely nice guy.
PHILADELPHIA — The top receiver in the NFL is from Detroit Lakes, Minn. No, let's try that again. One of the best players in the NFL is from Detroit Lakes, Minn. Stop and think about that for a moment. Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings, the former Laker of whom we speak, deserves that respect. No longer is he the local guy who got a $500 scholarship to NCAA Division II Minnesota State Mankato. He is more than that.
Lisa Drafall answered a cell phone call from an unknown 701 area code number after the second ring, for which she deserves a measure of credit. But the general manager of the Redwood Falls (Minn.) Gazette sounded weary in a brief conversation, perhaps owing to the attention her twice-weekly newspaper was receiving from every corner of the world. "On what topic?" she asked when the caller from Fargo wanted to ask a few questions. The Obit, of course, the caller said. "No, I'm not going to make any comments. I'm not going to say anything about that," she said.
WAITE PARK, Minn. -- One of the finalists for the Moorhead Area Public Schools superintendent job was arrested for suspicion of misdemeanor indecent exposure. Scott Staska, current superintendent at Rocori near St. Cloud, Minn., was arrested by Waite Park police Tuesday, March 20, and booked into the Stearns County jail, according to the St. Cloud Times. Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud said an incident Sunday night led to Staska’s arrest. He would not comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn.—They hauled away the Golden Arches the other day in this Minnesota lakes country town, putting the yellow "M" on a flat-bed truck that rolled down Highway 59 toward points unknown. The McDonald's restaurant in Pelican Rapids is no more, having closed after 10 years of serving Egg McMuffins, Big Macs and those ridiculously perfect french fries to locals, tourists and travelers on South Broadway at the edge of downtown.
There is a portion of our population that, when they're not attacking courageous Florida schoolchildren as actors or pawns, believes the best way to make our schools safe from shootings is by turning them into the Wild West. That is to say, give teachers guns and tell them to not only teach reading, writing and arithmetic but also to be Wyatt Earp.
ST PAUL—If Minnesota Vikings fans were looking to Carson Wentz for help, they're not going to get it. Many fans who traveled to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship game between the Vikings and the Eagles a couple of weeks ago were appalled—and often frightened—by the behavior of some Eagles fans. Asked about the topic at Super Bowl media day Monday, Jan. 29, Wentz acknowledged some over-the-top behavior occurred but defended Eagles fans as passionate. "Rabid" might be a better word, but you get the drift.
ST. PAUL—It only got a little weird during Carson Wentz's interview session at Super Bowl media day Monday, Jan. 29. Seated a few rows into the Xcel Energy Center's stands so he could rest his injured left knee, Wentz fielded questions from Fargo reporters and a handful of national types who spotted the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback among the zoo the NFL runs prior to the big game.
MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Thielen didn't say anything to Teddy Bridgewater after the Minnesota Vikings quarterback saw his first NFL action in almost 16 months. It's not that the receiver from Detroit Lakes, Minn., didn't want to. It's that he couldn't. "I couldn't talk to him because I was too emotional," Thielen said in a jubilant Vikings locker room Sunday afternoon. "I would have lost it if I would have talked to him. I tried to just hold it in." Thielen sounded more choked up about the special moment than Bridgewater himself.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — How many food businesses have been started by the constant urging of friends and family using the words, "You should really sell these"? Too many, maybe. The path of entrepreneurship is likely littered with hundreds (thousands?) of delicious ideas that couldn't be mass marketed.