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We have nearly reached the one-year anniversary of my most important achievement, and it has nothing to do with my life goals or my career. Roughly a year ago, I became a father. We have all heard the cliches about what parenthood does to a person - it is the most important job you will ever have, it changes you as an individual, etc. - but sometimes a cliche becomes exactly that because it is true and it bears repeating. I am absolutely different than I was a year ago, and I do have a new priority moving forward.
Seven weeks into the season, and I am not shaking my head in disgust yet? I have to say, I didn't really see that coming. I guess I didn't have very high expectations for the Minnesota Twins this spring. With the way things have gone for the better part of a decade, can you really blame me?
After some deliberation, the Breezy Point City Council tabled a discussion regarding the city's written policy for road improvements and assessment. A written policy is necessary to provide consistent city action for road maintenance and improvement. City officials are looking to change some language within the current policy to better suit the needs of the city and residents, primarily in regard to deferred payments.
The first weekend in May marked yet another successful Aviation Days in Breezy Point, but a surprise announcement by airport president Jeff Smith marked a historic change for the location. Midway through the fifth annual event Saturday, May 4, Smith announced that the airport has officially been renamed Breezy Point Airport at Muller Field, in honor of longtime airport manager Cliff Muller. Not informed before the event, Muller was "honored and totally surprised" by the announcement, and he thanked the community for its support.
The Patriot girls track team had 10 first-place finishes as the team tied for first with Pillager in the Frostbite Invitational in Pequot Lakes Tuesday, April 23. Two of those victories came from senior thrower Desera Engholm, who threw a 40-foot shot put and launched the discus 129 feet, 8 inches. Other firsts came from Calia Chaney in the 3200, Carly Chaney in 400, Joselyn Rinio in the 100, Kenzi Lampi in the 800 and all four relay teams.
After three seasons on the varsity staff, Northern Lakes Lightning girls coach Breanna Sheley recently tendered her resignation. "I'm sad about it," she said. "I love the girls and I have been with these particular seniors since they were in seventh or eighth grade." Sheley has served as the team's head coach for the past two seasons and was an assistant coach the season before that. Prior to that, she coached at the youth level.
Mirjana Ganley recorded a first place in the 200-meter dash and pole vault to lead the Pequot Lakes Patriot girl to first at the Crosby-Ironton Invite Thursday, April 18. In the 200, Pequot Lakes' Ella Pfeiffer finished second, 0.36 seconds behind Ganley. Annika Olson won the 100 hurdles and Desera Engholm doubled-down with wins in the shot put and discus throw. Cassidy Chaney finished first in the 800-meter race. She was joined by the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams, all of whom finished first.
With the Pequot Lakes School District currently sitting at 164 student-contact days - one short of what is usually the legal mandate - the school board unanimously agreed Monday, April 15, to take advantage of legislation forgiving districts being below the 165-day threshold due to inclement weather. Therefore, as it stands, the district will not add any additional days to the end of the school year.
Parents and friends packed the high school auditorium Wednesday, April 10, to show their support for six Pequot Lakes seniors - Tim Ryan, Colton Anderson, Vincent Miska, Jordan Schommer, Austin Meister and Marcus Klein - as they signed letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level. Ryan and Anderson both signed up to play football at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. When looking for a school to attend, Ryan looked for three things: the degree program he wanted, a campus he liked and a solid football program.
I haven't exactly been secretive about my fondness for history over the past few years. I've loved the subject since I was young, so much so that I decided to major and earn a degree in the subject. That said, I don't get many chances to use the history aspects of my knowledge. My wife and family members aren't particularly interested in history, and my job doesn't usually call for me to take a deep dive into the past. For those reasons, let's talk history here and now.