February 10, 2011 at 8:36 a.m.

Come out to cheer on our wrestlers and a wrestling icon getting inducted

Come out to cheer on our wrestlers and a wrestling icon getting inducted
Come out to cheer on our wrestlers and a wrestling icon getting inducted

I was made aware last week that I made an error writing about the balloons. I wrote that only two hot air balloons took flight last weekend when in fact three got off the ground. The reason I thought only two flew, was because I was helping one of the balloons on the very north end of North Center Lake and I could not see the third balloon in the air. I apologize.

Please remember to come out and cheer on the Wildcat wrestlers tomorrow (Friday). They will be taking on Benilde St. Margaret at the high school. One of Chisago's legends will be honored at the meet. Bob Hanson is being inducted to the Wall of Fame during the meet. Many of you know Bob from his many years teaching health and physical education at the high school, but did you know that he coached wrestling for 76 years?  Okay, I may be stretching the truth a little, but Bob did coach for a very long time.

Come out and cheer the Wildcats to another victory and let a legend know how much we appreciate all he has done for Chisago Lakes.

The 2011 Chisago Lakes Home Garden and Business Show still has a few spaces left. If you would like to promote your business and have a couple of thousand people pass before you in a two day span, don't wait. Call the good folks at Community Ed to reserve a booth. The show has always had great attendance and this year should be no different. The show runs February 26 and 27 and is held at the Chisago Lakes High School. You can reserve your booth by calling 213-2600.

Not being a huge fan of the Super Bowl, I decided to watch this year because I have a few friends that are Packer wonks. Some of them are quite normal and walk among us, but some of them are still in front of their televisions crying and pinching themselves.

I thought the game was pretty entertaining, especially the second half. I thought the ads were decent although the majority of them were car commercials. While the commercials were pretty good, I thought the entertainment for lack of a better word, stunk. My kids were excited to see the Black Eyed Peas but their enthusiasm quickly faded when they heard the quality or lack of quality in the sound. Then you had Christina Aguilera completely leaving out parts of the Star Spangled Banner. I thought Rosanne Barr did a better job in the 90's.

Luckily for us, the Pack did prevail to win the game. Otherwise our liquor stores would be dry and you would have to drive to South Dakota for a box of tissues. Of course I am joking...about the liquor.

This past weekend we finally found enough time in our schedule to take a trip to Iowa. Why would a family take its only free weekend to venture to Iowa?  Not for the scenery, that's for sure. No, we trekked south to see my grandmother who lives in central Iowa.

We unfortunately could not manage to get her up for Christmas, so we brought Christmas to her..a few months later. We left Friday afternoon and after stopping in Rochester for a bite to eat, headed out into the dark. Normally I am not too excited to drive in Iowa in the dark because there are so many deer feeding in the fields. But this time we were lucky and saw no deer.

Not to bore you with details, we are talking about Iowa after all, we had a wonderful time. My grandmother is in her mid-nineties and lives on her own. She is very healthy and independent. What really gets me is to watch my kids who are now 10 and 11 and how they are so content just sitting with their great grandmother. They just worship this woman. I remember being young and having no time for older people, but not them, they love her to death. My only wish is that she lived closer so they (and me) could see her more.

Oh by the way, I found the best way to drive through Iowa. Nighttime.

If you are looking to raise money for your sports organization, please give us a call here at the Press. We have some great fundraising ideas that will benefit your association. Our number is 651-257-5115. I will write more in depth in weeks to follow.

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