Outside Looking In
Minneota's annual Crazy Days event has been set for Friday, July 8.
Some of the local businesses will have sales, drawings for prizes, goodies and more. Check next week's Mascot for more details.
Brad's Market will again have its canopy tent outdoor produce sale, which is always a big hit with customers.
The Nordland Top Notchers 4-H group will again be having the grill fired up outside Brad's Market to serve a hamburger lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as their annual fundraiser. They sold over 200 burgers last year.
One More Time thrift store will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day and will again sell paper bags that customers can fill up with any items they can fit in the bag for $10. This promotion was a big hit last year.
The C-Store at AgPlus will again sell doughnuts for 25 cents apiece while supplies last.
The Mascot will be giving two months free for any new customers subscribing to the paper for one year. We are also planning some type of a contest yet to be announced.
Several other businesses will also be participating. Details on those involved in Crazy Days this year will appear in next week's Mascot.
Business owners can contact me at 320-894-6007 or email me at email@example.com with the sales or events they are planning so we can let readers know in next week's issue.
You'd think Lauren Bowyer has had her fill of golf by now. The personable recent Minneota graduate finished in a tie for eighth place in the Class A state tournament last Tuesday and Wednesday, earning a medal.
Bowyer, as well as the two Minneota boys' state qualifiers, Cole Myhre and Jackson Esping, practiced 18 holes on both Sunday and Monday at Pebble Creek Golf Course ion anticipation for the state tournament, marking four straight days of playing full rounds.
The three days prior to the practice days, however, Bowyer also played 18 holes in Hendricks as a practice round on Wednesday, June 8 in preparation for a two-day tournament on June 9-10.
That meant that Bowyer played 18 holes of golf for eight straight days, or 144 holes.
A long walk
When I arrived in Becker on Wednesday to cover the three Minneota golfers, I was offered a cart by a tournament official to get around in. But I decided it was a nice day for a walk and I could also use the exercise, so I decided to "hoof" it.
The boys' tournament was played first and I caught up with Esping's foursome on the fourth hole and started taking a few photos.
Esping's group was one hole ahead of Myhre's foursome, making it easier to switch back and forth between them, rather than having them several groups apart.
I finished up at the 18th hole, just in time to see Esping's final drive of his high school career.
Since it was the last drive of his prep career, Esping decided to put everything he had into the shot. The three-sport athlete pulled the "big dog" out of his golf bag and let it fly. The ball sailed around 350 yards and those watching were in awe.
When the boys' tournament concluded, there was a few minutes before the girls started.
Since I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot, it's best not to let the heel stiffen up by sitting if you are planning to walk some more. I had 18 more holes to walk, so I grabbed a hamburger and ate it standing up.
I don't golf anymore, but I do walk almost every day. But the rigors of an up-and-down golf course is much more demanding than walking on a sidewalk.
Around the 11th hole, my legs started feeling like lead and the heel and arch of my left foot started burning. I didn't really have a choice but to forge ahead and try to finish off seven more holes.
For some unexplainable reason, the pain in my foot went away around hole No. 13 and my legs began to feel fine again.
Because of the large crowd that attends the tournament, the golf club's parking lot and also the overflow lot were both full when I arrived. So, I had to park a long distance away, which amounted to another long walk.
Two days later while mowing my lawn, I stepped in a rut where I am replacing my fence, turned my ankle severely and have had limited mobility for several days.
You never know what's around the next corner.
The Mascot has new hours for the summer months.
We will be open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We are closed on Thursday and Friday, but anyone with a story idea or question, can call me at 320-894-6007 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will return to our regular hours in September.