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Bruce’s list of top movies in 2015 headed by ‘Age of Adeline’

January 7, 2016 in Lists

"The Age of Adeline" tops my personal list of the best 2015 movies. I'm listing my top 10 below along with another dozen or so that were also very good. Noticeably absent are the latest Star Wars and Hunger Games episodes even though they are probably very…

Day of shock: Students deal with 9-11 attacks and go ahead with volleyball match

December 28, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

Written in 2001 By Bruce Strand An earlier generation of American teenagers awakened to news on a Sunday in December that a naval base in a place called…

Cursed Timberwolves continue to monkey around

December 28, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

Written in 2003 By Bruce Strand Following the tribulations of the luckless Minnesota Timberwolves over the years, one wonders if we are watching a basketball…

Sidney Crosby, at age 15 with Shattuck: Good as advertised

December 28, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

Written as an athlete of the week in 2003 By Bruce Strand The hockey program at Shattuck-St. Mary's has churned out dozens of D-1 players, including two of this year's Hobey Baker finalists, but no skater ever entered the Sabre program more highly-touted than…

Gopher volleyball, best team in town, heads into NCAA sweet 16

December 10, 2015 in Minnesota Roundups

By Bruce Strand Long arms, long legs, long ponytails, and a long list of achievements, that's the line on the lanky, explosive Minnesota Gopher volleyball team. Among pro and Division I teams, they are currently the best team in town by far, after wrapping…

Willmar ironman: Ace hurler had 29 of team’s 30 wins in state championship season of 1934

November 29, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  By Bruce Strand, 1989 Shortly after the turn of the century, the name Denzer was synonymous with baseball around LeSueur, Minnesota, in leagues where players arrived via bicycle for games played on pastures. That Denzer name would become prominent again…

Prep Bowl champs: Osseo, STMA, Becker, Pierz, Caledonia, Minneota, Grand Meadow

November 20, 2015 in Minnesota Roundups

by Bruce Strand The state's marquee team was absent for once, as 10-time big-school champion Eden Prairie was felled two weeks earlier, but several other state powers added jewels to their crown at the Prep Bowl on Nov. 13-14. Caledonia picked up its seventh…

Zach Parise at 16: Leader of Shattuck-SM national champs is aiming high

November 18, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

By Bruce Strand, 2001 (Faribault Daily News athlete of the week) The national championship earned by the Shattuck-St. Mary's hockey team last weekend had extra meaning for the Sabres' most talented player, Zach Parise, because, even though he's a junior, he…

Flamethrower: Gilbert Aase, 93, was dazzling hurler whose arm and dream burned out early

November 22, 2015 in Minnesota Stories

  by Bruce Strand, 2002 With the Twins about to enter the playoffs for the first time since 1991, one of the most interested observers in Faribault will be Gilbert Aase, 93, who's been a baseball fan for so long that when he talks about how hard that…

Anyway, they got the whole IX yards

November 15, 2015 in Reflections & Columns

By Bruce Strand, 2012   In this 40th anniversary year of Title IX, a stealthy little document that changed the landscape of American sports, the feminists who made it possible seem shunted to the background. Right-wing critics love to crow about how feminists…