Wednesday, August 21, 2019


Because we are still between seasons (although the sports staff has been busy compiling information and writing preview articles), my thoughts the past week or so have gravitated to serious thoughts about spring.  The slow melt we have been enjoying for the last few days has made one thing abundantly clear.  Unless we get some torrential downpours in April, flooding in our state should be no problem this year.  That will be a relief to part of our population that always fret and worry about that problem every year.

In fact, except for the long period of streets and sidewalks that stayed abnormally slippery, the winter has been a rather mild one.  I don’t think, for example, that in our immediate are, we had a snowfall over 6 inches in depth.  Although that is not a rarity, it is a little unusual.  

I am not saying we are out of the woods yet, as far as snow and winter is concerned.  The days continue to get longer, and the environment shows signs constantly that a new season approaches.  I don’t think it is any secret that my two favorite seasons of the year are spring and fall, with spring probably the one true favorite.

I have noticed robins gathering at various times, bushes on the south side of houses already showing some buds, and the piles of snow diminishing in size each day.  Today is officially the first day of spring, and I hope we can enjoy warmer temps and sunnier skies from now on. 


More honors have come BPHS senior Mitch Oswald’s way after the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation named him a 2018 Scholar athlete.  This is a very prestigious honor, and Oswald was named because of his academic excellence, leadership, and community involvement. 

As football coach Chad Gimbel remarked, “The honor was awarded because of Oswald’s hard work, his focus, and the dedication he applies to reach goals.  As good a student as he is, he is even a better person.  His many honors in football and wrestling, his participation in FFA activities, and his involvement in community projects make him a truly worthy winner.” 



Although the winners were presented two months ago, the BPHS Triple a winners just received their publicity this week.  The MSHSL sponsors the award each year for seniors who excel in athletics, academics, and the arts, and one male and one female from each school is honored.  This year Samantha Wurst and Ethan Arett represented BPHS, and the both had impressive careers.  Wurst starred in volleyball, basketball and track and belonged to the National Honor Society academically.  

Arett compiled an outstanding wrestling record and played on the baseball team.   He was very active in FFA and also belonged to the local chapter of the National honor society.  A big tip of the hat this week goes also to those two impressive BPHS students. 


The time has arrived for the big Ed Foundation auction, and community residents are waiting in anticipation for the event.  It seems that the affair gets bigger and bigger each year, and each year there are several big-ticket items that go on the block.

What I find really neat are the items that are created by the school children themselves.  That part of the auction gives them the pride and satisfaction of knowing that they have a part in the success, and that some of the projects that they benefit from may be by the students themselves. 

It is anticipated that an overflow group of bidders will crowd the cue company, and all interested parties are urged to get there early with bidding numbers in hand.  It should be a great night for education in the Blooming Prairie school district.  Hats off to a caring community.

One other event on the horizon is the annual Women of Today sponsored Easter Egg Hunt in the city park.  Mark the calendar for Saturday, Mar. 31, and gather the little ones to attend this fun activity.  A big thanks goes to the Women of Today for keeping a tradition alive. 


For the multitude of sports fans that play NCAA basketball tournament picking favorites, this is a hectic time.  I indulge in friendly competition with my brothers, and I, like countless other fans around the country, are already counting our losses with the first round defeat of No. 1 ranked Virginia. 

 All that is left now is to continue picking and work for a consolation prize. Continue to enjoy the mild temps, anticipate the big spring sports tab in the Times, and we’ll talk again.

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P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

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Kasson, MN 55944

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Kasson, MN 55944


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