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Yellowjackets third at Mid-State Meet
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July 26, 2012
Covering local events has its emotional rewards
Advice to young, aspiring journalists, assuming there are some out there: you will never please everyone, but you can please many. This past weekend, I beat a trail between New York Mills and Audubon with stops in Perham and Detroit Lakes to cover three baseball tournaments and four...
sports / opinion
July 26, 2012 - 11:38am
July 19, 2012
To write about this is probably a combination of old-age retrospection with an added dash of conceit that anyone is interested in the things...
July 19, 2012 - 12:25pm
July 14, 2012
FOCUS Sports Writer "gets it" from all angles
For an industry that is allegedly in its dying days, the power of newspapers and one story can kill that idea quickly. For the most part, stories come and go in a mundane fashion where people get the information they were looking for and move on to the next story. However, sometimes,...
opinion / sports
July 14, 2012 - 8:08am
July 12, 2012
Sorry, Wikipedia, but you're wrong Otter Tail County man says windsurfing started in Minnesota, not California
Few people know that an 81-year-old Otter Tail County resident claims to be the inventor of windsurfing: standing up while sailing a surfboard. Yet, if you let Al Seltz of Fergus Falls explain himself, it all seems logical if not inevitable: a Minnesota lake, not Pacific wave crests,...
July 12, 2012 - 1:44pm
July 10, 2012
Bad sportsmanship not a well-liked topic
In a recent online column titled "Amateur baseball goes soap opera," which was about poor sportsmanship displayed at a number of baseball games recently, where particular teams and participants were called out, a small uproar reached my desk after the story had been posted on eotfocus.com...
July 10, 2012 - 9:47am
Amateur baseball goes soap opera
The next scheduled game of the week is a testy rematch of the Perham Pirates and Detroit Lakes Angels at Washington Park Wednesday evening, July...
opinion / sports
July 10, 2012 - 9:36am
July 5, 2012
A little lesson on word origins
Here comes another batch of "where the words we use come from." One might even say I'm going for broke here. The word "broke," meaning you're...
July 5, 2012 - 4:45pm
July 2, 2012
Anderson "the" example of Perham Pride
Like many people around the area, I missed a majority of my initial weekend plans keeping an eye peeled on the saga that was Gabriele Anderson's weekend in Eugene, Ore., at the Olympic Trials. Gabe's story from representing Perham as the 2004 state 800-meter champion and four years...
opinion / sports
July 2, 2012 - 12:26pm
June 28, 2012
Newspapers are a business, too
Tough decisions are a part of life for every business person. As the General Manager of the Focus, there are decisions that I struggle with for months before they are made. There are others that are easy; clear-as-a-bell common sense decisions that anyone who has the sense that God...
June 28, 2012 - 10:00am
June 21, 2012
Hulk mad, Otter Tail County drivers bad
Watch out, I have my pedal to the metal and you are in the way, Otter Tail County drivers. Because of the consistent excellence of athletic teams in New York Mills and Perham, at the end of every sporting season, I am on the road all over the area and I see you thoughtless drivers. I...
June 21, 2012 - 3:19pm
Recalling the heyday of Balmoral Pavilion
Many local baby boomers who grew up in the 1950s and '60s fondly recall some fun nights at the Balmoral Pavilion on the southeast side of Otter Tail Lake. The late Ed and Bette Prescher owned the Balmoral Pavilion, one of the most famous dance halls in west central Minnesota. They...
June 21, 2012 - 3:16pm
Ice cream for supper
They're all packing up, the party weekend is nearly over, the air will shortly be filled with 'goodbyes' and the coming week beckons me. "Hello,"...
June 21, 2012 - 3:07pm
June 14, 2012
Dark Energy as the Hand of God?
The other day in church, I was talking about whether heaven exists, and if so, what it would be like. Here's what I think. First, heaven may...
June 14, 2012 - 11:25am
Summer boredom? There's no excuse for that in these parts
With graduation already behind us and Turtle Fest just ahead, it's really starting to feel like summer in the Perham area. Two fun events that have long signaled the start of the season around here were just held this past weekend in New York Mills: The Ronald McDonald House Ride...
opinion / events
June 14, 2012 - 11:23am
June 7, 2012
Column: Skimpy swimsuits
Tribes of Girls go on hunting trips, just like Guy Tribes. My Tribe just got back from their current hunting trip all smiles, good-natured beyond...
June 7, 2012 - 12:00pm