SUMMER THOUGHTS

This past week went fast and it is hard to wrap my head around that summer is coming to a close and school will be starting. It seems like just yesterday I was at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker celebrating a state championship with the Lac qui Parle girls golf team. That was in early June. Some random thoughts from this summer.

I enjoy golfing, but am not very good at it. Office Manager Kris Kuckenmeister and I represent KLQP Radio at different tournaments around the Q-92 listening area during the summer. This past week the Madison Chamber of Commerce held their annual Ag tournament. It usually brings a good number of farmers or farm related businesses to golf in the tournament. KLQP Radio team consisted of myself, Kris and Kyle Boyens. Kyle is Maynard’s son-in law and it was the first time he has golfed with us since moving to Madison. We had a great time with the Jubilee Foods team. I always look forward to golfing in tournaments during the summer.

I had mixed feelings about the Field of Dreams Major League baseball game this past week in Dyersville, Iowa. I have been to the Field of Dreams movie set many times and it is one of my favorite places to visit. The movie with Keven Costner is a favorite of mine and I have watched it many times. The first time I visited the Field of Dreams movie set was with my oldest son Josh. We brought our gloves and played catch in the snow because it was early November. It was a great experience. On another trip my brother and I walked out of the cornfield onto the baseball field while my wife recorded it. I still laugh and cry when I watch that video. The Field of Dreams movie set is a sacred place to me and major league baseball came in and ruined it by building a ballpark next to it. Why couldn’t they just leave it alone.

County fair time is upon us and this past week I was in Morris for the Stevens County Fair. I did some broadcasting from the fairgrounds. While walking around I met three young ladies nicely dressed and wearing tiaras and sashes. I stopped them and asked if we could talk on the radio about their experiences. Miss Morris Amber Hausmann, Miss Midwest Angelina Amerigo and Miss West Central Lydia Liljenquist were very well spoken and just seeing the joy on their faces about representing West Central Minnesota was pretty cool. They will be competing in the Miss Minnesota pageant next June. This week I have a booth at the Swift County Fair in Appleton. Stop by and say hi!

As the summer comes to a close, I remember some fun times, like having our grandson Zane stay with us for a week. The Raymo Cup in July was again memorable. I really enjoy broadcasting playoff baseball games and I was able to broadcast from Madison and Rosen this past month. I have fun working Food Wagon Fridays in Canby every week during the summer. I enjoy seeing our grandkids in Montevideo and attending some of their events. Gretta was part of the royalty for Fiesta Days this summer. I’ve enjoyed spending time with my wife. We took a memorable trip to Medora, ND and attended some Music in the Park nights in Canby and Appleton. We also enjoyed many evenings on our patio with a bonefire.

As summer comes to a close, it’s time for Roxie to go back to school, it will be her 32nd year of teaching preschool. She loves her job and the kids. I am excited for school to start, that means broadcasting high school sports again. Summer 2021 was fun but it’s soon time to say good-bye!

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