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By Don Davis Forum Communications ROCHESTER, Minn. - Mike Hatch finally is running for the job he long has wanted - Minnesota governor. And he is doing it with the blessing of Minnesota Democrats, who endorsed him Saturday night after he turned aside two state senators. He wasted no time going after Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. "What this great state needs more than anything else right now is a new governor," the DFL attorney general told 1,300 delegates to his party's state convention after they voted to support him. Hatch's victory came after seven rounds of delegate votes.
Ted Storck hopes that his future travels with the Patriot Guard Riders isn't for the same purpose as their trip to Fargo earlier this month. Storck, of Morris, was among several hundred riders who paid tribute at the funeral of National Guard Spc. Michael Hermanson, who was killed in Iraq May 23. But the Patriot Guard Riders, as they have at other funerals, served an additional purpose. Hermanson's funeral was protested by a group from the Westboro Baptist Church, of Topeka, Kan.
There's always been a debate about whether good pitching trumps good hitting in baseball. The Morris Area Tigers baseball team obviously has made a case for good pitching this season. But now, heading into the Class AA state tournament, the Tigers hitters are beginning to put doubts in the the minds of opposing pitchers about whether the opposite is true. The Tigers (12-11) play Maple River at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Joe Faber Field in St.
The Morris Eagles amateur baseball team split a pair of weekend games at Chizek Field, defeating Chokio 11-9 on Sunday after dropping a Friday night game to Dumont 8-6. The Eagles are 3-3 in the Land O' Ducks League and 4-7 overall. They play Miltona at 7:30 p.m. today at Chizek. Against Chokio, the Eagles trailed the Coyotes 7-4 after two innings, and University of Minnesota, Morris player Nick Hervin hit a solo homer for the Coyotes in the seventh inning for an 8-4 lead. But the Eagles rallied for seven runs in the seventh, scoring off Hervin using just two hits and six walks.
Applications are now being accepted for the 22nd annual Minnesota State Fair Milk Run, scheduled for 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27. The 5-kilometer race begins just north of the Mighty Midway on Dan Patch Avenue, winding through St. Anthony Park and the University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus before finishing back at the fairgrounds. Awards will be presented to the top three men and women finishers in 12 age categories from 19 years and under to 70 years and older.
The Chokio-Alberta baseball team's playoff run came to an end with an 11-2 loss to Bertha-Hewitt in the Section 6A tournament last week. The Spartans finished 14-9 overall. They earned a spot in the section tournament with an 8-7 win over Hancock in the sub-section semifinals. But losses to Wheaton and B-H ended their season. Here are recaps for the Spartans' last three games: Bertha-Hewitt 11, Spartans 2 C-A got down early and were unable to put any real offense together to get back in the game. Andy Schuster took the loss, allowing 11 runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits.
Three area track athletes wrapped up their seasons at the Minnesota State Track and Field Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul last weekend. Morris Area's Lexi Ekren placed sixth in the Class A discus competition with a top throw of 117 feet, 3 inches on June 9. Ekren's throw was a personal-record and earned her a spot on the medal stand. Last year, Ekren also earned a medal with an eighth-place finish on a throw of 115 feet, 10 inches. The Tigers' Jasmine Henrich placed 13th in the shot put with a put of 33 feet, 5 inches on June 10.
By Collin Peterson I am very disappointed that the Republican Leadership caved to pressure from the White House and failed to protect the agriculture disaster assistance funds provided by the Senate in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill. Although this supplemental bill will fund many important priorities, it also includes billions of dollars in wasteful spending while ignoring the very practical, immediate needs of many rural communities. While the disaster assistance provided to farmers hit hard by hurricanes is obviously important, the President and Republican Leadership are
By Stephen B. Presser This summer, Congress will have one more opportunity to further popular sovereignty by passing, in both chambers for the first time, the flag amendment. The flag amendment is a simple and elegant addition to the Constitution, providing, in pertinent part, that "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the Flag of the United States." The need for the amendment flows from the Supreme Court's misconstruction of the Constitution in the 1989 case of Texas v. Johnson.
By Jason R. Edwards June marks the end of another school year and the resultant joy of students. As a teacher, I want to suggest an appropriate way to celebrate: a bonfire. Not just any bonfire though, but one that uses as its primary kindling textbooks. Yes, I realize that the Nazis have given book-burning a bad name, but realize that when you burn a textbook you are standing up for truth, justice, freedom, and the American way.