Minnesota coaches group spurns Mr. Basketball chairman who tweeted against Muslims, creates new award

As of now, Mr. “I’m glad the coaches felt that way.” MINNEAPOLIS — Amid controversy surrounding the integrity of the Minnesota Mr. “In light of all the things that have been going on, it’s the right thing to do.”It’s not clear exactly what the inception of the McDonald Award means for the future of the Minnesota Mr. “Also unacceptable are some other tweets that you have made in the past that were racist. This is not a view I want representing our state for Mr. Basketball Award, the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association announced Monday the establishment of the McDonald Award — an honor designated for the top senior basketball player in the state of Minnesota, starting with the 2017-18 season. The release said the award will be patterned after the Wooden Award, honoring former UCLA coach John Wooden, in college basketball.“Qualifications such as exhibiting strength of character, both on and off the court; contributing to team effort; excelling on both offense and defense; and performance over the course of the entire season,” the release said.The tentative plan for the award’s selection committee is to include retired and/or Hall of Fame coaches representing geographic locations across the state, including various parts of the metro.“In addition to selecting the Player of the Year; the establishment of the award is also designed to focus attention on the positive aspects of basketball and the role coaches play in the lives of all the student athletes they represent and serve,” the release said.Minneapolis North coach Larry McKenzie said he’s glad an award for the state’s top senior player will now be in the hands of the coaches, adding he didn’t know who besides Lien serves on the Minnesota Mr. Basketball.”Others brought more controversial tweets from Lien to light and support for Carrier’s message continued to mount. That’s a separate entity from the MBCA, and Lien owns the property.Thus, the McDonald award was born. Basketball Award. Basketball Award. A call to Lien was not immediately returned Monday evening.McKenzie, who said no one is more worthy for the new award’s namesake than Bob McDonald, credited MBCA executive director Tom Critchley and the rest of the association for their swift action.McKenzie then quoted Nelson Mandela, speaking to how sports are one of few things that can break down racial barriers.“It’s an opportunity for us to make a difference, not build walls,” McKenzie said. Basketball Twitter account.Henry Sibley coach John Carrier then took to Twitter to deliver a message to Lien.“As a teacher and a coach that works with Muslim students and minority students these types of comments are disgusting and unacceptable in my eyes,” Carrier wrote. Basketball Award, quoted a tweet regarding Muslim high school students in New Jersey with the comment “Run their asses outta there!” from the Mr. Basketball is still the primary award for the state’s top senior for at least this season. The award is named after legendary Chisholm basketball coach Bob McDonald, who coached for 59 years and amassed 1,012 victories, the most in state history.“In moving forward it is the goal of the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association that the McDonald Award will be widely viewed as the top award that a high school basketball player in Minnesota can receive,” a news release announcing the award read.Controversy arose over the weekend when Ken Lien, the owner and chairman of the Minnesota Mr. Basketball committee.“I’m extremely happy,” McKenzie said. The MBCA tweeted a message demonstrating its support for Carrier, adding “Using the words of Cesar Chavez, the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association will continue to strive to ‘cherish and preserve the ethnic and culture diversity that nourishes and strengthens coaches, athletes, students, communities and this nation.’ ”Still, nothing could be done about Lien’s association with the Minnesota Mr.

Column: Roses are red, violets are blue … let’s go to sleep

It’s always frustrating, but especially so during meal time, when your facespank comes with side of creamed corn.Thus, compared to the years when a successful Valentine’s Day would include a romantic dinner, fancy cocktails and maybe even a sport coat, this year we’ll be thrilled if we get through the night without having food flung at our heads.And I would have never applied a word like “successful” to Valentine’s Day prior to becoming a dad. Just because the calendar read Feb. My memory has never been all that reliable… we’re just doing it wrong. He can be reached at mrfulltimedad@gmail.com. Scream and shout about love. He doesn’t worry about the pricetag. I have no idea what we did last year to “celebrate,” but I don’t really remember what I was doing last week at this time, either. The same can be said for pretty much every other day of the year as well, because toddlers have no concept of time or tradition. My guess, however, is that we ordered a heart-shaped pizza, stayed home and went to bed at a reasonable hour. Ben Hanson, Parenting Perspectives columnistThis will be our second Valentine’s Day as parents. 14 didn’t change the fact that we had a small human being in the next room who was entirely dependent upon our sobriety to survive. Most of us already freak out enough … Now, granted, Valentine’s Day is no St. Freak out about that which brings you joy. We both have very little spending money, we’re constantly exhausted and neither of us can afford to be hung over the next day.But it wasn’t until Emily pulled out the box of Valentines — as in “I Choo-Choo Choose You” kids cards — that I finally realized my life had come full circle. It’s Valentine’s Day.Ben Hanson writes about being a new father and other very random topics at benhanson.areavoices.com and MrFullTimeDad.com. No, he freaks the hell out and lets everyone within earshot know how much he loves those overpriced $4 balloons.So take a cue from the kid. As a result, my wife and I have had to adjust (lower) our expectations.For example, Macklin — who is now a one-and-a-half-year old — has developed a fun-for-only-him habit that we like to call “face spanking.” Others would just call it hitting, but he always seems to purposely aim for your face, so we decided to give it a proper name. My Valentine’s Day life, that is.I’ve made it to the end and circled back for more, about to re-live every stage along the way, starting with silly cards and fish crackers.Thank God he has his mother to get him through this arts-and-crafts-heavy stage, but I know my time to shine will come when he hits the awkward middle school (through early college) “I’ll be alone forever” stage.Life with a toddler changes your definition of what makes a good Valentine’s Day, but it also shifts your perspective on the meaning behind the day. or helpful. While they’re great at complicating simple things like putting on socks, kids also have a wonderful ability to simplify the complex.Maybe it’s just a lack of abstract thinking on his part, but when Macklin gets a hold of a free donut ball at the grocery store and eyes the display of helium-filled balloons, he doesn’t try to act tough. That’d be creepier than a creamed corn facespank.But this is the lens through which I view the world right now — successful days with giggles and less than one outfit change versus days of tears and blowouts.As my wife, Emily, and I were discussing what we might do this year, acknowledging the likelihood that we’ll opt for early bedtime over a night on the town, she pointed out how our current situation is quite similar to that of our former lives as broke college students. Patrick’s Day, but even a shared bottle of wine has ramifications when your living alarm clock could pee the bed at any moment.As a parent, Valentine’s Day is different both in expectation and actual experience.

Three charged in botched drug deal, shooting in Duluth

Investigators said they also found a “substantial quantity of ammunition” in his bedroom.Sixth Judicial District Judge Jill Eichenwald set Joseph Lamerand’s bail at $50,000 and Nicholas Lamerand’s bail at $30,000 during their initial appearances in State District Court in Duluth on Monday.Spence should make his first court appearance on Tuesday.The shooting was the fifth in Duluth in the course of just over two weeks in late January and early February. 5 incident.Two other suspects — Joseph Michael Lamerand, 22, and Nicholas Marvin Lamerand, 21 — were allegedly present in the vehicle and also were charged Monday in connection with the shooting.Police said Spence fired into the moving vehicle after he was “ripped off” during a planned sale of marijuana in downtown Duluth. 5. Gunfire between two moving vehicles on Interstate 35 in Duluth earlier this month was precipitated by a robbery that stemmed from a botched drug deal, according to charges filed Monday. stated that they then got into Joseph Lamerand’s car and chased the other vehicle, with Spence firing a single shot into the other car. A spent .45 caliber shell casing was located inside the vehicle.Officers learned the vehicle was registered to Joseph Lamerand and went to his address. They then received a ride home.Joseph Lamerand also was interviewed, confirming the details offered by K.A.E., according to investigators. After the shot, he said, Joseph Lamerand sped away and lost control, crashing the vehicle. The man said he was told that a robbery had “gone wrong” and someone had been shot with a .45 caliber pistol.Investigators confronted K.A.E., who reported that he and the Lamerands were watching the Super Bowl when they got a call from Spence. It was reported that he had been shot through the door of a vehicle he was riding in.At the same time, police were notified about an abandoned vehicle near the “can of worms” interchange of I-35 and U.S. Recommended for youSuspects at large in hatchet assault on manBroken lawnmower leads to neighbor’s killingOfficer shoots, kills suspect in downtown AlexandriaThree men have been arrested and formally charged in the shooting, which left a 19-year-old man with non-life-threatening injuries after he was struck by a single bullet on Feb. Highway 53. The men allegedly gave chase to the other group, resulting in the freeway shooting.Joseph Lamerand, who allegedly drove the vehicle during the pursuit, is charged with a felony count of aiding an offender. Nicholas Lamerand, his brother, is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm.According to the criminal complaints:The victim, whose identity has not been released, was dropped off at Essentia Health-St. 5.Police said Brandon Edward Spence, 21, was arrested around noon Monday, the same day the St. He admitted that he chased the other vehicle after Spence was robbed and that Spence fired a shot into the moving vehicle.Police said Nicholas Lamerand again declined to give a statement, but told investigators “this was all Brandon’s fault.”He is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm because police said they learned that the three men had been target shooting earlier in the day in rural St. Police said they discovered a .45 caliber handgun in a bag that had been dropped near the vehicle in which they arrived.The men declined to give statements to officers at that time.Several days later, investigators spoke with a man who said he was told by Joseph Lamerand about the shooting. A witness reported seeing people running from the car. Feb. Mary’s Medical Center at about 7:50 p.m. He said the three of them went to Spence’s apartment on Mesaba Avenue, where Spence attempted to sell drugs to a “car full of people and in the process got ‘robbed.’ ”K.A.E. Three men, including Joseph and Nicholas Lamerand and a person identified only by initials K.A.E., arrived at the residence a short time later. Louis County. Recommended for youSuspects at large in hatchet assault on manBroken lawnmower leads to neighbor’s killingOfficer shoots, kills suspect in downtown Alexandria Louis County Attorney’s Office issued a warrant charging him with second-degree assault and aiding and abetting a drive-by shooting in the Feb. Police have now made arrests and suspects have been formally charged in three of those cases.

Former Twins manager Gardenhire battling prostate cancer

Gardenhire managed the Twins to six American League Central championships in his 13-year run from 2002-14.Toby Gardenhire, the manager’s son, recently was hired to a full-time coaching role with the Gulf Coast League Twins after serving in a part-time capacity last season. “It’s a bump in the road, and it’s not how I envisioned starting spring training with a brand-new team, but it’s part of life. St. Paul Pioneer Press file photoFORT MYERS, Fla. — Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire revealed Tuesday he recently was diagnosed with treatable prostate cancer and will temporarily leave his new post as bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the backing of this ball club, we’ll get through it and I ‘ll get through it.”The second-winningest manager in Twins history, Gardenhire spent last season as a special assistant under former Twins general manager Terry Ryan. 29, 2014. The younger Gardenhire spent the past five seasons as head baseball coach at Wisconsin-Stout.The St. Gardenhire, 59, will travel back to the Twin Cities for the surgery, but the cancer was caught early and the prognosis is good for a full recovery.”I’m going to fight it and deal with it,” Gardenhire said in a release from the Diamondbacks. Paul Pioneer Press is a media partner with Forum News Service Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire arrives at a press conference announcing his departure after 13 seasons as manager at Target Field in Minneapolis on Monday, Sept.

Nisswa women to host children’s book reading Feb. 18

President Jo Quam will draw for one child to receive a copy of the book. Saturday, Feb 18. The Nisswa Women’s Club will host a children’s book reading at Turtle Town Bookstore in Nisswa as part of the Nisswa Winter Jubilee.Club member Karen Baloun will read “Paul Bunyan,” adapted by Stephen Krensky with illustrations by Craig Orback, at 12:30 p.m. For more club information, visit nisswawomensclub.org and “like” the club on Facebook. The Nisswa Women’s Club is a nonprofit club with 97 years of community service to the Brainerd lakes area through charitable donations and scholarships to local high school seniors and non-traditional women students at Central Lakes College.

Nordic Ski Club meeting slated Feb. 18

The Lake Country Nordic Ski Club will hold its annual meeting Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Hiram Ski Trail. This is a good time to meet other members, skiers and those involved with the club.Those planning to attend should email lakecountrynordic@gmail.com with their name and number of skiers coming.Check the group’s Facebook page, LCNSC, or website at www.chitwood1.wix.com/lcnskiclub for updates or changes.Directions to the Hiram Ski Trail: From Hackensack, go north on Highway 371 to Cass County 6 (approximately two miles), turn left on Cass County 6 (Lower Ten Mile Road Northwest) and go approximately six miles. A short meeting will follow lunch, and then attendees will ski again. This is an open event for all members and the general public. Come early in the day to ski and eat lunch at noon. Look for the ski trail and boat access parking lot.

Caregiver consultant available in lakes area

Caregiver counseling and coaching services are available in the lakes area through the Empowering Caregivers Program.Because unpaid caregivers are a core part of health care and long-term care, the importance of assessing and addressing their needs is the focus of the Empowering Caregivers Program, developed by Senior Care Consulting, LLC and funded in part by the Central Minnesota Council on Aging through the Older Americans Act. The consultant is available to help the caregiver navigate the complex system of health care, services and programs.No one will be denied services regardless of availability to pay.For more information, contact Mortenson at 218-839-2869 or tmortenson.scc@gmail.com. A consultant assesses the needs of both the care recipient and caregiver to develop a plan that provides support to both. “Today’s informal caregivers are confronted with a multitude of complex systems to navigate and decisions to make regarding the care of their loved one,” Teresia Mortenson, caregiver coach and licensed social worker with Senior Care Consulting, said in a news release.”Figuring out the best options can be difficult and frustrating without the expertise of a caregiver consultant who makes recommendations for not only the care recipient, but also ensures the caregiver is addressing their own needs and limitations as a care provider,” Mortenson said.A key concern is keeping families on the job while providing care, and this is now being addressed through the caregiver counseling and coaching services.

Making the Grade – Feb. 9, 2017

Peter: Sara Chaffee-Bates, Hackensack; Clark Hickman, Merrifield; Carly Miller, Merrifield; and Karl Satterlund, Pequot Lakes.Bethel UniversityBethel University in St. University of North DakotaThe University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, named the following local students to the fall semester dean’s list and president’s roll of honor:

Tara Lundmark, Crosslake, dean’s list and president’s roll of honor; Karlie Nelson, Lake Shore, dean’s list; Lauren Greiner, Pequot Lakes, dean’s list; Sarah Anderson, Pine River, dean’s list; and Ashley Prososki, Pine River, dean’s list.Gustavus Adolphus CollegeThe following area students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Paul named the following local students to the fall semester dean’s list: Britta Bittner, junior, Breezy Point, daughter of Jeff Bittner and Wendy Bittner; Haley Gibbs, senior, Fifty Lakes, daughter of Ben and Jill Gibbs; and Eleanor Erholtz, senior, Pequot Lakes, daughter of Michael and Stacy Erholtz.University of Wisconsin-StoutThe University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin, named Jessica Kreitz, Pequot Lakes, industrial design major, to the fall semester dean’s list.University of IowaThe University of Iowa named Abrielle Mumm, Pequot Lakes, to the fall semester dean’s list.Pine Technical and Community CollegePine Technical and Community College in Pine City named Nathan Schmitt, Lake Shore, to the fall semester notable achievement list.Minnesota State University-MoorheadThe following local students were named to the fall semester dean’s list: Noelle Bergerson, Nisswa, elementary inclusive education; Jacob Box, Merrifield, elementary inclusive education; Shayna Harms, Crosslake, elementary inclusive and early childhood education; Olivia Toft, Breezy Point, social work; Kendra Brasel, Pine River, geosciences; Megan Felthous, Pine River, communication arts and literature education; Margaret Griffith, Pine River, early childhood education; Lexi Smith, Pine River, elementary inclusive education; and Molly Stockman, Pine River, elementary inclusive education.University of Minnesota-MorrisCheyenne Wilson, Pequot Lakes, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Morris.St. Cloud Technical & Community CollegeDavid Thell, Breezy Point, was named to the fall president’s list at St. Cloud Technical & Community College.

Timber Bay to host spaghetti feed fundraiser Feb. 25

The Pequot Lakes/Pine River area of Timber Bay will host its third annual spaghetti feed/silent auction fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. The meal includes an ice cream sundae bar.Silent auction items are goods and services donated by area businesses, as well as handcrafted items.Timber Bay is a nonprofit Christian organization that works with children in the area. 25, at the Pine River American Legion. Funds are being raised to send children to Timber Bay camp and for local activities.For more information, contact Bill Agens at 218-838-7559. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for families. Saturday, Feb.

Nisswa third-graders stage “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

The Spellbinders in the Nisswa Elementary School and Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” include third-graders Marcella Timmons (left), Savannah Duran, Danika Ramler and Natalie Pikula2 / 5Echo Journal/Nancy Vogt
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3, in the school gym.Prairie Fire visits over 200 communities each year to provide a weeklong professional theatrical experience, specializing in touring original adaptations of classic children’s tales.The Nisswa PTO and Five Wings Arts Council sponsor the production every February in Nisswa. Third-graders performed the play with Prairie Fire’s Derek and Shannon in two performances Friday, Feb. Tristan Rollins (left), Addie Dabill and Duncan Glassman, third-graders at Nisswa School, portray townspeople in the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” on Friday, Feb. 3. Prairie Fire also visits Pine River for a performance with Pine River-Backus students each June.o JournalTristan Rollins (left), Addie Dabill and Duncan Glassman, third-graders at Nisswa School, portray townspeople in the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” on Friday, Feb. 3.5 / 5Nisswa Elementary School third-graders spent a week as actors when two professionals from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre helped them stage “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” by Daniel Nordquist and Deborah Pick.
Grant Johnson (left, a bear), Avah Meierding (a bee) and Drew Herkenhoff (a wolf) portray critters in the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at Nisswa Elementary School.4 / 5Echo Journal/Nancy Vogt
Nisswa Elementary School third-graders Eliana Jares (left), Kaitlyn Kvistad and Joe Loschko perform as three ravens with Shannon, from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, who plays the queen.3 / 5Echo Journal/Nancy Vogt
From left are Nisswa third-graders Javin Cooley (Bart, a dwarf), Alissa Hageman (Snow White), Bryce Scully (Jazz, a dwarf) and Tate Oium (Tumalum, a dwarf) performing in the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Echo Journal/Nancy Vogt

PR-B Knowledge Bowl takes second

PR-B is well positioned for a regional berth and showed itself competitive against regional powerhouses Brainerd and Little Falls in the first round robin.In the next meet on Tuesday, Feb. The Pine River-Backus High School Knowledge Bowl team, Nixon’s Sweaty Palms, took second place at the round robin meet Feb. LPGE was the other team at this meet above PR-B in regional rankings.With a three-point lead on Nevis and two points behind LPGE, the rest of the meet saw these three teams facing each other for the three oral rounds.In oral round two, PR-B came up short against Nevis, scoring 13 to Nevis’ 15. 21, PR-B will face the top four teams in the region as well as seven others in the top 21. A slim two-point lead going into the final oral round was not enough as Nevis took that round with 15 points to PR-B’s 10 and LPGE’s eight.Overall, PR-B finds itself ranked eighth in the region, behind a team from Aitkin, Nevis, Little Falls and three teams from Brainerd. Who dis? Still ahead of Nevis by one point, PR-B was able to pull ahead of LPGE, who scored nine, and capture the lead for the third oral round.This round found PR-B winning the room with 12 points to 11 for Nevis and eight for LPGE. 1 at the Staples campus of Central Lakes College. Although that score tied with Pequot Lakes Eagles, No. 24 tie breaker rules put PR-B in fourth place.In oral round one, PR-B faced Royalton’s Men in Black and Nevis who dis?. PR-B took the first round with 16 to Nevis’ 14 and Royalton’s three.This moved PR-B up to second place where the team faced Long Prairie/Grey Eagle’s That’s Different and Nevis who dis?. In the 29-team meet, Nevis, Royalton, Crosby-Ironton, Long Prairie/Grey Eagle, Pequot Lakes and Pierz faced each other in one written and four oral rounds.Judith Reed, Joshua Sweeney, Joe Davidson, Autumn Crawford and Peter Koering began the day with a 36-point written round. was the overall second-place team in the 81-team region and one of only two teams at the meet above PR-B in regional rankings.

Illusion Theatre to present one-man play ‘Thurgood’ at CLC

Minneapolis actor Neil Hazard portrays Thurgood Marshall in Illusion Theatre's production of "Thurgood."The Illusion Theatre of Minneapolis will present the one-man play titled “Thurgood” as part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The story goes back to Marshall’s childhood, when his father brought him along to court and his teacher made him study the U.S. The play focuses on the life of civil rights activist and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. 17, at the Chalberg Theatre on the CLC Brainerd campus. Friday, Feb. Constitution, and follows him through law school and his time with the Supreme Court.”Thurgood” premiered in 2006 with James Earl Jones in the role, and a 2008 Broadway revival featured Laurence Fishburne.Illusion’s production will feature Minneapolis actor Neil Hazard as Marshall.Tickets for the show are available at the CLC Box Office at 218-855-8199 or online at www.clcmn.edu/arts.
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Nisswa Women’s Club to hold meeting Feb. 16

Hostesses are Suzanne Sundquist, Candy Barnack, Carol Christofferson, Katy Johnson and RoAnn Schroeder. 16, at The Woods in Merrifield. Visit nisswawomensclub.org and “like” the group on Facebook. Carol Campbell will give the inspirational.For more information or to make a reservation, call Marilyn Wottreng at 218-251-7754. Club social time will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon. JoAnn Weaver, master gardener and author of “Cooking with Herbs,” will present the program. The Nisswa Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, Feb.