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A tribute to Dale Snesrud

Dale Snesrud, 2008I got to know Dale Snesrud when the local racquetball club opened up in the late 70s (now called the Northfield Athletic Club.) Dale and his sons were avid players and got so into the sport that he and son Kyle eventually bought the club.  Northfield has more racquetball players per capita than anywhere in the state and much of that is due to the enthusiasm that Dale, his sons and grandsons brought to the sport.  They’ve since sold the club but still make it their racquetball home away from home.

I last blogged here about Dale in 2007 when he wrote an eloquent heroin-related letter to the Northfield News titled ‘Holy Discontent.’

Dale Snesrud, October, 2010Dale’s losing his battle with cancer and his son Kyle and grandson Elliot have organized a tournament in his honor called The "Oh Dale" Racquetball Invitational and silent auction.

I stopped by his house this morning to take his photo.  As you can see, although he’s lost weight and is in a lot of pain, he still has that same mischievous smile.

Here’s Elliot’s letter with the details:

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