Jennifer Parker, Special to the Pioneer
BLACKDUCK -- If you’ve walked or driven past the Blackduck High School baseball and softball fields in the last couple of weeks, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that there is a lot of activity going on. But when the Drakes’ bats crack once again next April, they’ll be doing so in a new and improved outdoor sports complex spearheaded by BHS baseball coach Dwight Kalvig.
Heads are still spinning after one of the busiest weekends of the year in Blackduck. Hundreds of people, from children to teens, from adults to senior citizens, participated in events including the Backwoods Bash Kick-Off Party, the 5K Dash for Cash, Pancake Feed, Lady Slipper Celebration Open House, Sloppy Joe and Pie Luncheon, Grand Parade, Children’s Games and Food Booths, the Beer Garden, Adult Games, Variety Show, Dance and Drakes Scramble Golf Tournament.
When Madelyn Cease first saw horse event riding on YouTube as a young child, she knew what she wanted to do. And when she saw Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., she knew where she wanted to go to college. And when Maddie, as she is known, was in the eighth grade in Blackduck, that future was cemented even further when she got her horse Charlie.
BLACKDUCK -- The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Program is in the middle of its 2018 Teacher Tours, trips that allow educators to get a first-hand look into the world of agriculture. On July 12, the tour came to Blackduck.
There is a lot of “buzz” about the new business on Blackduck’s Main Street -- it’s “cutting” edge, it’s “colorful, “polished” and “All About You.” The new full-service salon All About You Salon and Tanning has popular local stylist Gretchen Henriksen as its proprietor. The new building breathes fresh life into the downtown as Henriksen puts her eight years of experience in salon services, her degree in sales and marketing, along with her sparkling personality and entrepreneurial drive to work.
The Blackduck High School Speech Team, with the assistance of Blackduck Family Foods, had the second of four fundraiser hot dog stands on Saturday, June 23.
TURTLE RIVER -- Currently, the meat in most of our markets and restaurants is coming from -- somewhere -- and local producers are transporting their beef cattle for processing to be sold -- somewhere -- and while this system uses many middlemen and reduces the quality of the beef, it is also an unfortunate fact that everyone is being hit hard economically by the process.
Janelle Lundin is in her first full year of teaching at Blackduck High School, having started at the end of the first semester last year. She has brought a new and exciting light to the visual arts program at BHS with exceptional work from students on grades 7-12, as well as constantly changing displays of that work throughout the school.
Five members of the Business Professional of America Team will represent Blackduck at the State Competition in March.
After a string of victories last week, the Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena Bears continued to pick up the pins and wins, most recently taking down Mahnomen-Waubun and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis in Mahnomen on Thursday, Dec. 21. The Bears defeated the Mahnomen-Waubun Cougars 64-6 and the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis Wolves 52-22.