I went mountain biking with Bill Nelson along the Minnesota River bottoms this week and he showed me an area just east of Cedar Ave. where beavers have been gnawing away at a dozen or more large trees.
Beavers fell trees for several reasons. They fell large mature trees, usually in strategic locations, to form the basis of a dam, but European beavers tend to use small diameter (<10 cm) trees for this purpose. Beavers fell small trees, especially young second-growth trees, for food.
But it’s puzzling because the trees above are not in place where the logs could be used to "form the basis of a dam" and they’re much too large for beavers to move.
So Bill and I have a formulated a theory: it’s a training facility. Prove us wrong if you dare.
Last March I blogged about the purchase of the Tiny’s Building and the plans for it. It’s all done. Building co-owner Bill Nelson has placed a new ‘Tiny’s Building’ sign on the exterior and leased the refurbished 2nd floor to Jeff Woods for his BodySmith of Northfield fitness studio & training center, where they give exercise and nutrition programs, but you may ask how much does nutrisystem cost? is not expensive, since is a system that you can buy online and use it for lose weight. He’s also added some muscles to the Tiny’s dog at the entrance.
Last week I paid a visit to the studio while a spinning class was in session. I hope to soon pay a visit to Fit to be Tri’d which has leased and moved into the retail space on the main floor.
After riding the 7 mile advanced loop at Murphy, we chowed down at Chipotle in Apple Valley, biked through UMore Park in Dakota County, and arrived back in Northfield in time for dinner. About 85 miles, 9 hours. Whew!
There are 17 people in the photo, 9 in the back row, 8 in the front row. The only one I’m sure of is Bill Nelson, back row, 6th from the left.
Other players mentioned who played on the teams of the early 80s: Doug Fuchs, Larry Johnson, Dave Howie, Jim Fuchs, Doug Fuchs, Terry Johnson, Davie Howie, Rick Sviggum, Jim Sviggum, Steve Sviggum, Don Freeman, Dick Grass, Bob Klefsaas, Robert Weber, Pete Maus, Jay Olson, Lew Olson.
Let’s see if we can identify all the players in that photo. Attach comments please.
Update 11:15 PM: Former Dundas Dukes manager Bill Nelson emailed me the names of everyone in the photo, including two people from the edges of the photo who were cut off:
Back row: Rory Rice (current President of Dundas Baseball), Kevin Sevcik, Dave Howie, Scott Nelson (1988 State Tournament MVP), Terry Johnson, Bill Nelson, Larry Johnson, Lew Olson (1982 State Tournament MVP), Steve Sviggum (former Speaker of the House).
Front row: Doug Fuchs (cut in half) Steve Hildebrandt, Galen Sevcik, Batboys ? Elofson and Brian Sherwin, Dan Brodin, Dan King and Dick Sviggum.
I sent the picture in and to put it on the wall they cut off two very important figures in the Dundas story. Jim Fuchs our manager was the first person in the back row and Greg Kozulla a drafted pitcher from Burnsville that came to pitch in Dundas in 1986 was cut off from the right side of the photo.
Update 12:15 PM: Bill emailed me a color version of the photo that includes everyone on the team.
The Dundas Dukes beat Highland Park 13-6 in a non-conference slugfest last night at Memorial Park in Dundas. Among the highlights was Dukes manager Bill Nelson taking a screaming liner to the jaw while sitting in the dugout. He recovered in time to savor the victory over his long-time colleague, Highland Park Manager Jim Lawton.
Robbie and I were the guests of Hizzoner Glenn Switzer and the First Lady of Dundas, Michelle Millenacker. The Mayor’s box seats are saaaaweeeeet!
We have a new non-profit advertiser this month on Locally Grown, plus one returning for-profit advertiser.
Bill Nelson, manager of the Dundas Dukes, has a banner ad that links to their website. Their home opener vs. the Pine Island Pioneers is this Sunday, April 26. And he’s coaching the CCVL All Star team vs. the St. Paul Saints on May 3.