Like many, I grew up in the 1960s and 70s. In my middle class neighborhood, families were proud to be self-sufficient. While I knew there were kids at school wearing the same clothes frequently, I was not aware of their circumstances. Our family donated to service organizations and our church in order to help in our community. We believed our donations helped families and children in need. Schools were not a place we considered for donating.
Midwest Dairy Council and the Minnesota Vikings teamed up to reward Fuel Up to Play 60 youth leaders from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota, along with their advisers, with the ultimate game day experience: a run through the players’ tunnel in front of 64,000 cheering fans prior to the Vikings versus Chicago Bears game Dec. 1 at Mall of America Field.
Rarely does a former player have the chance to return to an alma mater to coach, not to mention most of the assistants. New Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony girls’ hockey coach Sandy Nelson returned to Fogerty Arena last month for the first time behind the bench along with Andrew Spaniel (class of 2005), Bailey Ranum (2007) and Kyle Roenning (who grew up in Spring Lake Park, but graduated from Hill Murray) and has steered the Panthers to a 5-2-1 record before a Dec. 10 game against Cambridge.
Before hosting the Hyland-Board duals two days later, Coon Rapids traveled to Robbinsdale Armstrong for a pair of Northwest Suburban Conference duals. The Cardinals recorded a 51-12 win against the Falcons and a 43-20 win over Osseo Dec. 5.