Lance and Billy go ‘Around the Area’We hope that everyone has survived the rain and cool weather we have been forced to endure, but always remember, “the glass is always half full.”
The following is another “Have Fun or Get Out of the Way” column by award-winning Don Leighton and Mike Granlund and their alter egos, Lance Boyle and Billy Pirkola, which runs occasionally in The Superior Telegram.
We hope that everyone has survived the rain and cool weather we have been forced to endure, but always remember, “the glass is always half full.”
In our case, it’s overflowing because of all the precipitation, but we all know it could be worse. Summer is just around the corner, so be patient.
Lots of stuff to report from our travels during the past couple of weeks, so without further ado, here we go.
• Lance and Billy say hello to one of our all-time favorite people, Elvie Agacki of the Wentworth Agacki’s.
Lance saw her son, John, in the Belknap Super One parking lot last week and conversation turned immediately to how this lovely lady is doing. Elvie also has three lovely daughters, Laura, Connie and JoAnn. Lance spent many days and evenings at the Agacki estate back in the mid-70s and Elvie’s hospitality has always been appreciated. She never called the authorities to have me removed. If Lance was 10 years younger and had the energy, Elvie would be romantically pursued. Love and hugs and much respect to Elvie Agacki.
• Roger Sehold lives in the Central Park area of Superior and walks a lot for exercise, shouldn’t we all? On a couple of occasions, he and Lance met in the alley behind Lance’s palatial estate where the “golden age” of baseball was revived.
We talked of the Milwaukee Braves and St. Louis Cardinals and the stars they had who played for the love of the game. Many from the 1950s and 1960s would have played the game for free.
• Jody Forsythe and her DECA kids at Northwestern have once again stepped up to the plate to help those in need. They presented $500 to Lance last Friday at the year-end student assembly. What a great job Forsythe and her students have done to help last year and now this year. That $500 will create $5,000 worth of food through Second Harvest Food Bank, which will provide 2,500 meals for those food who use the Poplar and Iron River food shelves. The need is greater this year and the Northwestern DECA classes are involved in their communities. Thank you, Mrs. Forsythe, and I really look forward to working with you and your great young people in the future.
• Speaking of great young people, I was privileged to meet juniors-to-be David Rautio and Kaddie Levine after the assembly. Meeting these two has made me smile and realize that there are many great young people in our midst. Old people such as I need to always be engaged with younger people to stay young. These two have some thoughts on how they can help others in the Maple School District. More will be forthcoming regarding their ambitious plan in upcoming articles.
• Nicole Tekippe of Moose Lake-Willow River won the 1,600 and the 3,200 in impressive fashion a couple of weeks ago in the Minnesota 7A sectional track meet to advance to the Minnesota State Track Meet held this past weekend.
She is a freshman and is the daughter of former Northwestern track star Steve Tekippe, who was WIAA state champion in the quarter mile back in the day. Steve and his wife, Lynn, (2010 inductee in the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame for track), are both doctors in Moose Lake.
Steve is the son of Earl Tekippe, who resides with his wife, Barb, in the town of Amnicon. Nicole did not win any hardware at state, but being a freshman and advancing in two events is very impressive.
We’ll be watching and rooting for her during the next three years.
• The Pat Moreland 5K and Mini Track Meet was held this Saturday at Northwestern. Jordan Johnson won the women’s event for the fifth year in a row, and Jarrow Wahman won the men’s event. More than 100 runners registered for the 5K event and approximately 40 kids’ participated in the kids track events.
Thanks to my writing partner Billy Pirkola (Mike Granlund) and Pat Morland’s daughter, Shari Olson, for the countless hours they have spent during the past five years to honor one of the all-time great athletes, people and teachers of our area, Pat Moreland. Lance was lucky enough to have had him for a teacher and coach during his impressionable years while attending the Lake Nebagamon Grade School as a seventh- and eighth-grader. Ah, the good years. Thank you Mr. Moreland for all you did for me.
• Remember Carol Merrill from Let’s Make a Deal with Monty Hall? She was the beautiful lady who opened the doors, boxes, trunks, etc., chosen by the contestants on the show. She is from Frederic, Wis., and now lives in Hawaii. Crack researcher for the Literary Society, Dave Johnson, searches high and low for interesting bits of useless information. As you know, Lance and Billy love useless information. Thanks, Dave.
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