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Bowling still “strikes” it big


Fri, Feb 4th, 2005
Posted in Features

Mention anything about bowling, and people will usually smile. Something about it is funny. Maybe it’s the simple action of a heavy ball rolling down a slick lane and crashing noisily into the white pins. It’s the stuff a good old Tom & Jerry or Roadrunner cartoon is made of.

Or maybe it’s the fact that bowling has been used for comedic purposes in films like Kingpin and The Big Lebowski.

Bowling is also a handy metaphor. In Lebowski, the bowling team seems to symbolize stability, and in Kingpin, bowling is the setting for a David v. Goliath tale.

And bowling has been used for serious studies of society. Author Robert Putnam, in his book Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital, looks at the increasing number of Americans who go bowling alone as a symptom of America’s social disengagement, that more and more Americans shun social conversation.

Putnam points out the ironic fact that the number of bowlers in the U.S. increased by ten percent between 1980 -1993, but that league bowling decreased by forty percent.

But the “bowling alone” trend hasn’t found Fillmore County, Minnesota. “I get some kids that will come in and bowl by themselves,” said Jim Kitchens, owner of Nordic Lanes, a 10-lane alley in Rushford, “but for the most part my open bowling is done by two or more people.”

Kitchens is quick to point out that bowling is the number one participatory sport in the world, “but we can’t get it into the Olympics.”

At least five nights of the week, from September to May, you’ll find Nordic Lanes full of regular league bowlers. Over five hundred people of all ages participate. Friday nights are usually reserved for open bowling and special promotions like cosmic bowling or moonlight bowling. Birthday parties are often held on weekend days.

League bowling is alive and well at B & B Bowl in Preston, too, where estimates are that about 260 people participate in leagues. Day and evening, the Bowl is host to a variety of teams and groups, according to manager Shelly Hanson, including a Tuesday morning group of local men who golf during the summer and bowl the rest of the year.

One member of the Tuesday morning group is Lavern Grooters who just celebrated his ninetieth birthday with his bowling pals.

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Fillmore Central School Board: District allocates $25,000 for technology upgrades Central School Board

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

The following is a brief summary of the Falcons’ January school board meeting based on an interview with Supt. Myrna Luehmann.

The districts technology advisor, Jeff Thompson, presented a state of the district report on the scho ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council puts confidence in Lebakken

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

At their regular city council meeting January 24, the Rushford City Council members authorized Mayor T.S. Roberton to spend up to $8,000 for the advice and services of Merle Lebakken of Lebakken Consulting regarding the backup generators and the powe ..... 
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EIS ordered on Heartland

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

Every once in awhile David gets lucky and beats Goliath. Such was the case Tuesday night in St. Paul when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board rejected a PCA staff recommendation and ordered that an Environmental Impact Statement wa ..... 
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Courthouse remodel under budget

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

Dean Sand oversees construction and management of the county court house project and says that the project is in “very good shape for coming in under budget.” Chairman Chuck Amunrud inquired as to whether the county would recover the $300,000 plus le ..... 
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What’s next for Heartland?

Fri, Jan 28th, 2005
Posted in Features

When asked how she felt after the MPCA Citizens’ Board had voted 6 to 1 to require an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Heartland tire-burning plant, Fran Sauer, President of Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection, said, ..... 
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Rural illegal dumping

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD VILLAGE -Road-toss is hard to ignore after the leaves fall and frost flattens the underbrush. Wade through dormant raspberry snarling the ditch, past the “No Dumping” sign, down the hill where garbage bombs often explode. Under a clean blank ..... 
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Pawlenty pushes Rochester in State of the State

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
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ROCHESTER - Governor Tim Pawlenty used Rochester as a backdrop for his “Ready for Action” state of the state address on Tuesday, January 19. Speaking from the Mayo Clinic Support Center in northwest Rochester, Pawlenty called for a four year universi ..... 
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A fish story engagement and family wedding

Fri, Jan 21st, 2005
Posted in Features

Rose McClimon, formerly of Chatfield, remembers first meeting Brandon Hamlin of Spring Valley while showing her horse at the Fillmore County Fair during the summer of 2001.

Brandon’s recollection went a bit farther back than th ..... 
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