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Thanksgiving is always the time of year when we take time to give thanks for all the gifts in our lives. It's a time that even Viking and Packer fans can agree on one thing -- at least we're not Lion fans. I know of one Superiorite who has a new appreciation for the upcoming holiday. "I'm thankful to be alive," said Steve Kirk, 34, Wessman Arena coordinator and assistant director of campus recreation at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. "Everything has a different meaning this year." His story starts Oct. 17 at a Superior High School football game in Eau Claire.
It had been about 12 years, I figured. Twelve years since I last rode in a yellow submarine. The last time I rode in a school bus was in 1996 for a basketball game in Alexandria, Minn. Well, all that changed Saturday. I had the privilege of riding with the Solon Springs Eagles baseball team to their game against the Northwood Evergreens at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. I thought it might be fun to take some notes about my first school bus ride in 12 years. 11:45 a.m.
Sometimes it's tough to find a reason to cheer for either team involved in the Super Bowl, especially when your team isn't there. People tend to come up with clever reasoning to cheer for a particular team. A buddy of mine from Grand Forks, N.D. told me he's going to cheer for the Patriots because Giants quarterback Eli Manning's regular season play wrecked his fantasy football team this season. Another is cheering for the Giants because he doesn't want to see New England's Tom Brady on the cover of any more magazines.
The fourth annual Great Lakes Pond Hockey classic continues today and Sunday. Rounds 3-5 are played today starting at 10 a.m. Don't miss the all-day bonfire party or the tournament party starting at 7 p.m. at Barker's Island. The fund continues Sunday with championship rounds starting at 10 a.m.
Low water levels aren't reserved for Lake Superior in Douglas County. During a trip to Amnicon Falls State Park on Monday, I witnessed first-hand the low levels throughout the park, but to my surprise it enhanced my experience. Many times I have walked along the trails and enjoyed taking photos along the banks of the river; however, my trip Monday afternoon led me to new trails throughout the park, like walking the dry riverbed. The new, unexpected trails opened my eyes to many new areas to photograph. Places I had never even seen from the trails are now available for everyone to see.
I said that many times Wednesday morning. But I said it for the last time as I stood on the beach wearing a life jacket and propping blue goggles on my forehead. Just then, a large firework shot out of a homemade stand and 29 of us hit the water. For reasons I can't recall, I entered the TinMan Triathlon on Lake of the Woods near Solon Springs. The race consisted of a 200-meter swim, 10-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer run. I think more than anything else I wanted to know if I could do it. I've never run an race in my life, so why not try one now?
My name is Jed and I'm a Vikings fan. It's probably not the most popular thing to admit in this county, I know. But I'm originally from west central Minnesota. I own a purple horned helmet with yellow braids. I miss Cris Carter and was happy to see Daunte's small hands roll out to Miami. That being said, I was a little apprehensive about my Tuesday assignment to cover the "Green Bay Packers' Tailgate Tour Stop" at Wessman Arena.
Madness, truly madness. This year it's a 6-foot-4 ex-president versus a 6-5 photographer. See, it's March Madness time again, so while I was filling out my bracket I figured I would fill out a second bracket using strictly the coin flip. My real picks versus Abe Lincoln's head or tail. The way my picks have gone the last couple of years I couldn't tell you who the favorite is in this match up. In the first round, Abe liked three No. 15 seeds over Wisconsin, Georgetown and Memphis. He also liked No. 14 Wright State over Pittsburgh. My biggest upset pick was 12th-seeded Arkansas over USC.
Gage Blaylock, 2, of Solon Springs has aspirations to capture the world in images. Using his toy camera during a walk in Solon Springs on Tuesday, the toddler was busy taking photographs, and captured the image of Carlson as Carlson snapped the photo above. Blaylock wasn't distracted for long when a caterpillar caught his eye. Below, Blaylock gets low to take a close-up of a caterpillar crossing the road on his walk in Solon Springs.
Dave Engstrom of Proctor paints the exterior of the Fairlawn Mansion from a cherry picker on Wednesday afternoon in Superior. Painters from Swanson and Youngdale of Duluth are working on repainting sides of the mansion facing East Second Street and 10th Avenue East. The second and third floors of the mansion, which are included in the current project, were last repainted in 1991 and 1992, respectively. The first floor was repainted during the first-floor renovation project in 1998.