Ole Pappy

On Wings of Eagles

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.” — Isaiah 40:31. I’d like to take time out from our busy spring schedules and tell you about something that occurred at the “True Team” Section 3A tournament in Slayton on Monday.

Let’s go back to last fall at the sectional cross country meet. That race was run in the very cold and bitter weather of fall turning into winter. A young lady from Minneota named Faith Traen was part of the Canby-Minneota cross country team attempting to secure a spot in the state tournament.

But Traen suffered the affects of the bitter cold and fell — and was unable to finish the race. She felt bad because it hurt her team’s chances of making state. (Actually they wouldn’t have made it even if she had finished).

So on Monday, as the heat bore down on her, Faith Traen began struggling during the 1600-meter (mile) run. To many, she appeared exhausted. But Faith Traen finished the race in eighth place, as her teammate Grace Drietz took second.

That’s not the remarkable part. She came back some time later and ran in the much more grueling, 3200-meter (two-mile) run. And this time Faith Traen finished the race in fourth place — a remarkable turn of events considering she’d just run the mile and two-mile in the warm conditions.

“She put on a performance and toughed it out,” said one fan.

Certainly ... “Soaring on wings like eagles.”

As Canby-Minneota tracksters inched closer and closer to attaining their goal, winning a spot in the True Team track tournament, the crowd’s enthusiasm began to grow and thunder across the course in Slayton. “Everybody was cheering,” said the fan.

“And it kept up right to the end.” Sometimes we don’t see — or realize the small things that happen in our daily lives. But when people, “Soar like Eagles,” despite the odds, we need to pay attention. Congratulations to the girls’ track team!

And a special congratulations to Faith Traen, who bucks the odds and fights to the end. You soar girl!

Town Hall meetings

State Senator Gary Dahms (R–Redwood Falls) and State Representative Chris Swedzinski (R–Ghent) have again invited District 16A residents to attend their joint town hall meetings on Thursday, May 24.

Among the meetings is one at 7:30 a.m. in Marshall at the Area Chamber of Commerce; another at 9:30 a.m. in Canby at the City Hall and another at 3 p.m. in Granite Falls at the City Hall.

The town hall meetings are held every year, but sometimes folks forget to attend. It’s just easier to complain about how the legislators are not getting anything done.

This is a perfect opportunity to have your say and link up with your legislators.

Mark it down — and get the attention of your legislators.

Correction: Scholarship winner In the article last week about the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers Association scholarships, one name was left off.

Minneota student Cora Engels was also awarded a scholarship but was not present for the photo. Seven scholarships were awarded, not six.

LAUGH A LITTLE: What does it mean? A man is on trial for armed robbery. The jury comes back with the verdict. The foreman stands, clear his throat and announces, “Not guilty.”

The defendant leaps to his feet. “Awesome!” he shouts. He added, “Does that mean I get to keep the money?”

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: As My Ole Pappy used to say, “Don’t look for someone else to make you happy. Just be yourself and the right people will care about you just because of who you are.” Thanks Ole Pappy!

Byron Higgin

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