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By Scott Thoma West Central Tribune In an era of specialized sports that has reduced the number of three-sport high school athletes dramtically over the last decade, Joey Fragodt managed to shine in four sports for Benson. And while he admits he sometimes gets tired, especially participating in two sports in the spring, he isnt sure what he would do without sports in his life. A break would be nice, he said.
The Morris Eagles amateur baseball team dropped an extra-inning game against Clinton Friday to fall to 1-2 in the Land ODucks League and 2-6 overall. Clinton defeated the Eagles 9-8 in 10 innings at Chizek Field. Earlier in the week, the Eagles defeated Starbuck 18-16 on the road, lost 14-7 at Marshall, and won their first game of the season 9-3 at Wheaton. The Eagles play at Benson at 7:30 p.m. today, then return home for a pair of weekend games against Dumont at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and against Chokio at 5 p.m.
Morris Area athletes and fans will be in the stands for the Minnesota State Track and Field Champonships June 9-10 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Tigers throwers Jasmine Henrich and Lexi Ekren will compete in the state meet. Ekrens discus throw of 110 feet, 11 inches was good for second at the section meet and qualified her for the state meet. Henrich won the section championship with a shot put of 34 feet, 9 inches to also qualify for the state championships. The Tigers narrowly missed sending its 4 by 800-meter relay team to the state meet.
Denny Fuhrman waited near the Pomme de Terre Golf Courses first tee box on a perfect spring day last week. Fuhrman wore a light tan shirt that had a logo for the Benson Golf Club on the breast.
By Connie Wimer You often hear these days that weve lost our way in America, that were fighting among ourselves, forsaking future generations, and forgetting about what matters most our communities. As a 50-some-year-resident of Des Moines, Iowa, I just dont think thats true. I know that the citizens in this community know what matters. We sacrifice for our children. Sure, we have our problems, but more often than not, we work out our differences to make our communities thrive. We care. But too often there seems to be a disconnect between our communities and our government.
By Bill Toone Gas prices and consumer frustrations are spiraling up across the nation. Besides the pain to our wallet is the knowledge that much of the profits, if not captured by mega-corporations like ExxonMobil, are funneled into Middle Eastern countries. Some of those countries are self-professed enemies of the United States while others may be a training ground for terrorists. Where does our fuel go? In California, more than 5 percent of our energy consumption is simply to pump water from places that have it to places that don't.
By Sheldon Richman Empire -- sorry, benevolent hegemony -- has its price. Terrorism is one. Every empire in history probably had terrorism directed at it, because it's one of the few weapons available to relatively weak nonstate adversaries. Another, less dramatic price is the determination of other countries' rulers to go their separate ways.
By William L. Bainbridge Newsweek's national list of "America's Best High Schools" unfortunately has become a one-stop shop for both fact and fiction in school ratings. Since Americans love ratings, the May 16th issue of the newsmagazine created wide interest. It was their 4th tabloid-like attempt to identify the top high schools across the states. By publishing this list, Newsweek misleads the public and often ignores deserving high schools that are better than some of those on the list. Newsweek ranked the "top" 1,200 public high schools in America by assigning a precise number.
By Tammy Swift You know the old saying about selling ice to an Eskimo? I am the Eskimo. I would buy not only the ice but also a refrigerated semi to transport it and a walk-in freezer to keep it cold. When it comes to spending, I am arguably the most suggestible person on the planet. Salespeople love me. Home-party hostesses shiver with delight when I walk in the door. In Mexico, where roadside gifts can be purchased for $3, I shelled out so much for a rug that my sister asked me if I intended to fly it home. Naturally, my gullible consumption drives my frugal spouse crazy.
Here's a phrase I just learned this past weekend: word nerds. It describes folks who like words, language lovers, if you will. And there was a considerable buzz this past weekend about the young word nerds competing in the National Spelling Bee. Thirteen-year-old Katharine Close correctly spelled "ursprache," which means language, to become the first girl since 1999 - and the first contestant from New Jersey - to win in the history of the contest. Friday night's competition was her fifth national bee.