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David Olson hit a two-run home run and a three-run home run to lead Miesville to victory in its home opener Sunday. Olson also had a strong game behind the plate, according to Mudhens pitcher and assistant manager Erik Olson. "He called a good game and blocking the ball he gave pitchers confidence that they can throw a ball in the dirt and he can keep it in front of him," Olson said. Olson started and went four innings.
A shorthanded Mudhens squad shook off the rust and won its season opener Wednesday at Dunning Baseball Stadium in St. Paul. "It was my absolutely first anything," Miesville player/manager Matt Van Der Bosch said. "I didn't even play catch (beforehand)." Van Der Bosch said he had tried to schedule practices, but they had been canceled because of the wet spring.
New Prague junior forward Anna Rynda was isolated on Red Wing sophomore standout Tesha Buck whenever the Wingers had the ball and, as the game wore on, it became evident that Buck was annoyed by the constant shadow. Both Rynda and Scott Kopp, one of the game's officials, said Buck became frustrated during the Feb. 18 game at Red Wing. "(She was) trying too hard to force offensive shooting," Kopp said. "Head down.
Red Wing firefighters were on standby Wednesday morning following an anhydrous ammonia leak in Randolph. Goodhue County sheriff's spokeswoman Kris Weiss said deputies were called at 8:45 a.m. to provide traffic assistance on 292nd Street in Randolph, a Dakota County town located west of Cannon Falls. According to multiple reports, emergency crews were evacuating residents in the area. Officers were still on the scene at 10 a.m., Weiss said.
Here's a trio of criminal treats for readers who enjoy out of the ordinary crime books. "Hot Pursuit," By Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine Books, $26) turns the tables as Brockmann's longtime heroine Alyssa Locke finds herself on a new assignment. In previous outings, Locke is the leader of a personal security company Troubleshooters, Inc., which specializes in guarding other people's lives. In "Hot Pursuit," Locke is the victim.
I'll begin this review with the admission that I am a friend and former colleague of the author and once co-wrote a book with her. Normally, I wouldn't review a friend's book, but this one's too good to miss, too valuable for all manner of reasons. My friend is Peg Meier, longtime feature writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and author of many best-selling books, including a blockbuster of years back, "Bring Warm Clothes." Peg specializes in Minnesota history, recalled in photographs, diaries, news items of the past.
Anglophiles, Attention! "I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that happened to me in my entire life." Thus spake 11-year-old Flavia de Luce, when she sees a man dying in the cucumber patch of Buckshaw, the decaying deLuce estate in England.
Our region, nay, our nation lost a treasure last month with the death of Bill Holm, writer, conversationalist, pianist extraordinaire. Bill died too young at age 65. The newspapers called him a giant in more ways than one. At 6'6" the big Icelander from Minneota, Minn., had big appetites all around, for reading, for writing, for big roast beef dinners, for good bourbon. I just talked to a mutual friend about how sad it was that Bill should die so young. "Oh, well," said my friend, he lived "two lives for our one." That's so.
"The Vagina Monologues," based on studies and interviews by Eve Ensler, will be staged by local actors at 7 p.m. March 6 and 7 at the Sheldon Theatre. Julie Martin is directing the V-Day production. "Women's sexuality and strength are explored with humor and grace in this adult-focused presentation," Sheldon officials said. The program is a benefit for the Goodhue-Wabasha Sexual Assault Services; it is sponsored by that agency and Phoenix Theatre. "The Vagina Monologues" explores the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences.
A pair of teenage sisters from Wabasha who have been gaining attention on the Irish music scene will present a concert at 7 p.m. March 6 at the Jon Hassler Theater in Plainview, Minn. Rebecca Garrigan, 16, and Rowan Garrigan, 12, are producing the performance as their latest home-school project. The two sisters have been playing traditional Irish tunes together since Rebecca was 11 and Rowan was 8. They originally learned by ear from CDs, and then studied for several years at The Center For Irish Music in St.