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Poor weather has plagued the Brule River State Forest at every turn as it tries to celebrate its centennial this year. During the first celebration, in the dead of winter, temperatures never topped zero degrees in the daytime and quickly fell to 20 below for the scheduled candlelight ski. For the Brule River State Forest Family Fun Day, the state forest's second planned centennial celebration, the morning began with rain and cool temperatures. In spite of less than perfect weather conditions to start the day, the Brule River State Forest Family Fun Day went on as planned Saturday, June 2.
For many people, retirement signals a period of rest and relaxation in life. In the case of Larry Hoff, however, retirement gave him an opportunity to go on adventures. Extreme adventures. A few years before retiring from his job as a high school teacher and a football coach at Superior High School, Hoff got the idea that it would be fun to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada and crosses the mountains of California.
Track is often pegged as an individual sport, but for the Superior High School track team, that certainly isn't the case. The Spartans are sending two relay teams to the WIAA Division I state track meet this year. The girls 4x200 relay team of Lindsey Lindstrom, Nikki Landin, Kelly Stipetich and Taylor Kosey advanced after finishing third with a time of 1:47.45 at the sectional meet in Eau Claire, and the boys 4x800 team of Ben Waters, Nate Hendry, Andy Radzak and David Smith also finished third, with a time of 8:16.79.
Looking at the Northwestern High School track, with grass sprouting from the cracks on the rough asphalt surface, one might think the Tigers don't even have a track program.
The soccer ball ricocheted and bounced off of an opponent before rolling out of bounds, and 11-year-old Deandra Bardell of team Blizzard eagerly lined up for a corner kick. She gauged her distance carefully and positioned herself next to the ball. Then, with a flick of her wrist, Bardell swung her power wheelchair around and smacked the ball to a teammate in front of the goal. Bardell was one of about 20 people taking part in a power soccer tournament hosted by the Courage Center Duluth on Saturday, May 12 at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
A sudden downpour in the bottom of the first inning halted the Northwestern High School softball team's playoff game against Ashland Tuesday evening, but the Tigers were unfazed by the weather as they won, 10-1. The heavy rain ceased no more than five minutes after it began, but the softball field was in rough condition. Once the sky had cleared, the Northwestern baseball team, which was practicing nearby, rushed over to the sloppy field with rakes and a wheelbarrow full of fresh dirt and set to work. "I thought it was like the cavalry coming.
Hockey season is over, and for some players that means time off. Others, though, have moved from the ice to the field. The lacrosse field, that is. Matt Reeves, head coach of the Duluth-Superior Chargers lacrosse team, said a number of the players on his team are multi-sports athletes, many of which play hockey. "Hockey is the big one," Reeves said. "When I played, I came over from hockey in high school." One hockey player currently on the Chargers team is junior Brian Lewis from Superior High School.
Ahh ... the lovely season of spring. A time of newly green leaves and emerging buds. A time to go outside and enjoy the fresh, warm air. A time to take up the annual war against invasive plants. Not to spoil the pristine beauty of spring, but if you want to win the battle against your chosen nemesis, be it honeysuckle, garlic mustard or purple loosestrife, the time to start is now. Throughout the Northland, many beautiful plants are now beginning to grow and bloom. Many are native to the region, but quite a few of the plants in your backyard are exotic.
For almost the first time this season, it was warm enough at Liebaert Field that the Superior High School softball team didn't have to wear winter clothing to keep from freezing. "They're not used to the heat, and neither is Cloquet," SHS assistant coach Greg Campbell said. "I think this is the first time they've had their shorts on all year." Superior swept its doubleheader with Cloquet Tuesday evening, winning game one 5-3 and rallying in game two to win 7-5.
After a heavy rain, it's not uncommon to see swarms of earthworms wriggling on the street and sidewalks. Even when tilling the soil or just digging a hole, you're almost guaranteed to see an earthworm or two. Would it surprise you, then, to know that Wisconsin and Minnesota have no native terrestrial earthworms? If there ever were native earthworms in the Great Lakes region, they were killed thousands of years ago when glaciers covered the area.