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Steph was a fierce competitor and a good basketball player from New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva in southern Minnesota, a small school that breeds talent in basketball. I played against Steph for years, routinely running into her at tournaments and always at the Gus Macker, a summer three-on-three outdoor basketball tournament held in select cities nationwide. We played [...]

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I have never been a movie person. There, I said it. Unless it’s a rainy day, I have a hard time taking two hours to go sit in a dark theater or curling up with my laptop when I could be outside enjoying the weather or playing a pickup game at the gym. But then [...]

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In a world of Cinderella teams, bracketology and bubble-bursting squads, it’s nearly the time of year for Dicky V’s famous words: “March Madness BABY!” As a die-hard lifelong basketball fan, I consider this time of year a national holiday, and with both the Forest Lake boys’ and girls’ basketball teams entering the section tournament this [...]

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