The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 7, 1966 · Page 5
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 5

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 7, 1966
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Algona Mayor, Newsman Hit Sports Day Jackpot By Don Smith Our annual trip with Mayor Bill Finn to the annual St. Paul Sports Holiday, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce there, plus many businessess in the metropolis, as an outing for 400 mayors, newspapermen and radio broadcasters, proved to be more interesting (and unusual) than ever last Thursday. For, lo and behold, Mayor Finn and yours truly wound up being interviewed on Randy Merryman's famous "Fan -In-The-Stands" program on WCCO radio. Merryman is former emcee of the famous "Queen-For-A-Day" TV show, seen nationally, but more about him later. Our "appearance" on the radio show came by accident- or by luck. The Sports Holiday is set up on a tight schedule every year, because men travel to St. Paul from eight states to attend - so the first inning (cocktail hour) of the event begins at 10 a.m. We arrived at the St. Paul Hotel about 10:20, with Mayor Finn, your writer, Linn Anderson of KLGA and Julie Chrischilles making up the Algona contingent. Of course, the place is crowded, so when Al Tighe, well-known KSTP-TV sportscaster arrived. Anderson and myself (who with Mayor Finn a year earlier had spent quite a bit of time with Tighe) walked up to him and were introduced to everyone in the area. About this time, a fellow by the name of George Sweeney, a 47-year old St. Paul insurance man , who has one of the finest personalities we've ever encountered, walked up - and being a long-time friend of Tighe, he and the announcer began shooting funny barbs (verbally) at each other. We chatted for a few minutes, when something quite humorous occurred. Sweeney, thinking I was the mayor of Algona, asked me if I would like to appear with some other mayors on the Merryman show. I in turn explained I was not the mayor and asked, "would a sports writer do?" George's retort was, "no, they're a dime a dozen." It was explained to him that Mayor Finn was nearby and he was summoned and asked by Sweeney if he would like to appear on the show. The mayor's answer was yes. So, it was set. Sweeney whisked us into the dining room where a buffet dinner was just' getting underway and sent us to table number one. A photographer from the St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch showed up and wanted to take pictures of some mayors with Calvin Griffith,, president of the Twins. This time, they let this sports writer in on it and an introduction to Mr. Griffith followed. The Twins' owner asked me if the mayors had any suggestions that might help the sagging team win games. He chuckled when we told him he had probably gotten all the suggestions he needed from other sources. Next, it was off to the ball park and the Merryman appearance. We had the very likeable Mayor R. K. Ellings, Winona, Minn., Mayor Finn, Sweeney and Anderson with us for the quick trip. Once there, we were ushered to seats right by the Twins dugout, then alter sweeney and the rest of us excnauguu a MJW lemai&b with Zoilo Versalles and Earl Battey, Don Cassiday, Twins publicity man, showed up and had us follow him across the back portion of the diamond to , seats on the third base side where the program was being staged. About this time, who do we spot but Lawrence Gillespie, Stew McFadden, Bob Dreyer and Paul Seeley of Algona, all in the stands for the Detroit-Twins game. Then, on with the show, with Merryman asking the questions and the mayors giving the answers. This writer even got in about eight words in a quickie interview along the way. It was quite a thrill knowing that our families in Algona had been notified and were listening at the other end. Part of the bit consists of program guests drawing out a postcard with a name of one of the starting players on It. If your player hits the first home run in that game, you win a free transistor radio. Mayor Finn got Northrup, young Detroit outfielder, and I got Mincher, Twins first baseman, in the drawing - and Mincher tried his darndest to get me a radio his first time up - flying out deep to right field (a ball that might have gone out if the wind hadn't held it up), with that darned Northrup making the catch. Mincher was O-for-4 and Northrup got a pair of singles in three trips in the game which Detroit came back to win, despite home runs by Harmon Killebrew and Earl Battey of the Twins, 7-6. Sweeney, our .host (and a real good one), is married and has five children. He apparently knows everyone in the Twin Cities. George played a year of professional baseball in the Northern League tor Eau ClaJre, Wise., has played a lot of baseball and Softball in the Twin Cities area, is active in youth baseball and umpires and referees baseball and basketball in the same vicinity. His treatment of the Algona contingent mad* tbif trip most memorable of (be three we've been on. Algono, (lo.) U PP «r De« MolnM Tundoy, Jun« 7, 1966 FiflCll HOIIOf Roll Announced At Notes on the game, etc. Emmet Ashford, first Negro umpire in Major League baseball in his initial season in the American League, worked at second base ( and we mean worked). He doesn't stand around very much - in fact dashed practically to the left-centerfield fence when Killebrew and Battey stroked their homers. He seems to be a top-flight umpire. We asked one of the vendors in the stands about the best-known vendor in the business up there (no one could think of his name, but if you've ever been at Met stadium you've seen him), and were told he had suffered a stroke and died last winter. We also learned he left an estate in excess of one-half million dollars to his heirs. Cong. Greigg To Address R.E.C. Meeting Today The Humboldt County Rural Electric Cooperative will hold its 1966 Annual Meeting in the Humboldt High School Gym at Humboldt, Iowa, Tuesday , June 7, the meeting to start promptly at 8:00 p.m. U. S. Representative Stanley L. Greigg will be the speaker at this meeting. The business meeting will consist of reports by officers* and manager of the Cooperative and the election of three directors for three-year terms. The Cooperative is returning $96,962.06 to its members in patronage credit. Checks for this payment will be distributed at this meeting. There will be some very nice prizes given away to members only. The member is required to be present to win. The Grand Prizes will be a Frigidaire Automatic Washer and a Frigidaire Electric Clothes dryer. The present members of the Board of Directors are: President, Floyd Lane, Renwick; Vice President, Eugene Drager, Algona; secretary, Orren S. Olson, Bode; treasurer, A. A. Schipull, Lu- Verne; Eugene Henry, Algona; Charles Nygaard, Wesley; Lawrence Strachan, Humboldt; Donald Usher, Ottosen; and Warren Whipple, Rutland. LuVerne High Second semester honor roll at LuVerne high, as announced at the end of the school year by Principal Howard H. Smith, includes eight on the "A" honor roll, as follows: A Honor Roll - 12th Jane Hanselman (5), Dawn Undebak, Elaine Schnakenberg; llth grade- Rita Patterson (5), Paul Trauger; 10th Grade - Coleen Johns; 9th Grade - Connie Hefty, Don Bristow. B Honor Roll - 12th Grade •• Tom Erpeldlng, Linda Rugg, Kathy Shaw, Earl Will; Itth Grade - Delores Eggleston, Luana Leek (5) Bart Selby, Tom Steil, Daryl Trauger; 10th Grade Mary Cronk, Rebecca Daley, Gary Ernst, Bob Fett, Mary Hjelmeland (5), Doug kelson (5), Henry Schnakenberg; 9* Grade - Barry Selby, Ronnie Woif. Only marks B ov better are considered. No valedictorian or salutatorian, only upper 10% recognized, is named, but tops scholastic honors went to the following 3 outstanding students: 37A - IB*-, Elaine Schnakenberg; 35A - IB*-, Dawn Lindebak; 37 A - 2B*, Jane Hanselman. WE'RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS We arc happy to announce that Sjogren's Grocery is Smck in business and now open. We have a complete stock of groceries, dairy products and other items to serve your needs. We are still in the process of completely stocking our store so please bear with us for a few more days while we are getting settled in our new store (at the same familiar location). Stop in and say hello. We will be most happy to sec the same old faces we know so well and invite each of you to stop at SJOGREN'S GROCERY this weekend. Lots of new fixtures, lights, flooring, etc., but the same old friendly service. SJOGREN'S GROCERY Corner of Jonei *nd Nprth $tr«tt* ALGONA

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