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Danish cyclists roll into Solvang after pedaling from San Francisco 0

Danish cyclists roll into Solvang after pedaling from San Francisco

Just before Danish Days filled Solvang with music, dance, food, parades and thousands of people, a group of Denmark natives quietly swept into town Wednesday on a mission to help children in need in their home country. Their arrival was quiet at least until they reached Solvang Park because they rode in on bicycles after pedaling all the way from San Francisco, the fifth year Hans Tjornelund has led the ride known as Tour Solvang. Twenty-eight riders left the Bay Area for the 600 mile journey, but 30 riders rolled into Solvang Park to cheers and a banner of flags stretched above their heads by representatives of the Conference and Visitors Bureau. The group grew by two in Cambria when they were joined by Solvang residents ElseMarie Petersen and Marna Bramsen, who both moved to the city from Denmark about six weeks apart some 30 years ago. For Petersen, general manger of Copenhagen House, just the two-stage ride from Cambria was a challenge because she just started bicycling six months ago. It was OK, she said as other riders grinned and congratulated each other with hugs. I did better than I expected. This was my first really long ride. Bramsen, a stylist at True Beauty Hair Studio who s been mountain biking for 30 years and road biking for eight, handled it a bit better. For me, it was OK, she said. I could still continue to ride. But they re strong riders. Petersen joined the ride because she s known Tjornelund since she was very young and is good friends with his sister, who helped arrange the trip. I didn t have time to train for the whole trip, so Hans said just ride the last two stages, she said. Next time, I want to do the whole trip. Petersen and Bramsen didn t know each other before coming here Bramsen lived in the north, and Petersen lived in the south. But now they re close friends, which is why Bramsen decided to join Petersen for the last two stages. Again this year, the tour got a boost from Dr. J s Bicycle Shop and Wine Country Cycling Tours, which providing staff, bicycles and other support. Tjornelund launched Tour Solvang in 2011 for several reasons to raise money for needy children in Denmark, to celebrate Solvang s centennial and to raise awareness of the city among the Danish people. We always like Danishness to grow in America, he said. To date, 100 riders have taken part in the tour, raising $150,000 for children in need through Julemaerke Hjemmet, the Danish Christmas Seals charity. Tjornelund said this group spent a year training for the ride, logging more than 80,000 miles. Some had a lot of experience, while others had never ridden before, like Mette Lintrup. A year ago, I never rode a bike before, she said. I thought I d never make the 600 miles from San Francisco to here. Some are strong, and some are not so strong, but we always go as a group. The ride has had a major impact on Finn Iversen, who was on his second Tour Solvang. Before his first ride, he weighed 32 kilograms more, smoked 40 cigarettes a day and, as a truck driver, spent all his time sitting. For me, it s been life-changing, he said. Thinking about what I achieved and what I can do better.

World Cup of Hockey Preview 0

World Cup of Hockey Preview

Hockey fans will see their favorite players return to the ice a little earlier than usual this year. On September 17th, the puck is slated to drop in Toronto for the newest edition of the World Cup of Hockey an international tournament which includes some of the premier stars of the NHL. The history of this tournament is convoluted it s the spiritual successor of the Canada Cup tournament of the 1980s and early 90s, and was played twice between 1996 and 2004. However, the tournament has been on hiatus since 2004, which may have something to do with the fact that the Winter Olympics have become the greatest international stage on which NHL players can go head-to-head in their national colors. There is rampant speculation that the return of the World Cup, organized by the National Hockey League with minimal input from the International Ice Hockey Federation or International Olympic Committee, represents the end of NHL presence at the Winter Olympics. All politicking aside, the WCH is shaping up to be a fascinating tournament, with established powerhouses, confusing omissions, and intriguing wild-card teams. [1] At face value, it s difficult to come up with a scenario in which Canada struggles to get to the tournament s championship game. The roster from north of the border is chock-full of NHL superstars such as Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews, and, of course, Sidney Crosby. Even Canada s weakest line of Matt Duchene, Joe Thornton, and Claude Giroux includes one of the game s most exciting young stars, a proven veteran who overcame several personal demons by reaching the Stanley Cup Final this past spring, and the star of this delightful francophone Pepsi commercial. That being said, where Canada truly shines is on defense. No commodity is hotter in the hockey world right now than blue-chip defenders who skate for 30 minutes or more per game, organize plays to create scoring chances, and improve a team s all-important puck possession . Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Alex Pietrangelo, and Shea Weber would be any NHL team s number 1 defender (That being said, it s a disgrace that P.K. Subban, a stellar defender and the NHL s reigning King of Style was left off the Canadian roster). It s safe to say Canada has an embarrassment of riches and is well-positioned to succeed in the WCH. [2] [3] [4] [5] However, hopes for a victory par(eh)de could be doused if the Canadians encounter an almost-unbeatable goalie on the other end of the ice. Latvia gave Canada quite a scare in the 2014 Olympics by relying almost entirely on the puck-stopping ability of Kristers Gudlevskis, and it s not inconceivable that Canada could find themselves in this situation this year. One of the prime candidates to stymie Canada with a goaltender playing out of his mind would seem to be Finland Tukka Rask and Pekka Rinne have been two of the NHL s premiere netminders year-in-year-out (Rinne s weak 2015-16 notwithstanding). If one of these two goalies can neutralize Canada s firepower (and bear in mind the New York Times has described excellence in goaltending as reflective of the soul of Finland ), the Finnish offense, which includes Jussi Jokinen, Patrik Laine, and Joonas Donskoi could give Canada (or any team for that matter) all kinds of trouble. [6] [7] [8] Finland s Scandinavian neighbor Sweden is a perennial hockey powerhouse, and this year is no exception. Goaltending is perhaps a little weaker than usual for the Tre Kronor, as an aging Henrik Lundqvist can no longer be counted on to be top-notch every night. That being said, Sweden s defense is certainly intimidating, with proven stars such as Viktor Hedman and Erik Karlsson, who has indicated that after multiple stellar campaigns in the NHL, he s itching to help his country win on the world stage. [9] Russia has developed a reputation as an underachieving team in recent years, with disappointing early exits from the Olympic tournaments in Sochi and Vancouver. Vladimir Putin s boys have awe-inspiring firepower up front the first line combination of Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, and Vladimir Tarasenko is second to none in the tournament. The Russian side also features some relative newcomers such as Nikita Kucherov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who ve had breakout seasons in the NHL in recent years. For American and Canadian fans, the WCH is probably one of the last opportunities to see Pavel Datsyuk play on North American soil the veteran sniper left the Detroit Red Wings for the Kontinental Hockey League at the end of last season. Russia s defense, however, is quite unexceptional; goalies Semyon Varlamov, Sergei Bobrovsky, or Andrei Vasilevskiy will have to bring their a-games, or we could be saying do svidaniya to Russia after only a few games. The Czech Republic definitely doesn t have the star power of other teams in the tournament, but they do have the greatest of all time. All jokes about journeyman defender Michal Jord n aside, the Czechs will be lucky to win a game at the World Cup. True, they have some decent forwards, such as Ondrej Palat, Jakub Voracek, and Michael Frolik, and Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek is coming off a strong 2015-16 NHL campaign. Fundamentally though, the Czechs are a team full of NHL has-beens and never-weres. The fact that Ondrej Pavalec, a very pedestrian NHL goalie, made this team speaks volumes about the Czech Republic they just don t have that much to work with, and may be overwhelmed in this tournament. Maybe they should have included NHL iron man Jaromir J gr this year, if only for the added entertainment value. [10] [11] [12] [13] Team Europe is intriguing the team is made up of players from Austria, Denmark, Germany, France, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland, and is making its international debut at the World Cup this year. Traditionally, the Slovaks have played second-fiddle to the Czechs in central Europe, and the other seven countries are international minnows by themselves. Together, however, these countries could be a real competitor in the WCH. The first line of Mari n G borik (Slovakia), An e Kopitar (Slovenia) and Mats Zuccarello (Norway) will give any team in the tournament problems, and there s decent depth on the other three lines. There are slimmer pickings on Europe s defense Roman Josi (Switzerland) is decent, and an aging Zdeno Ch ra (Slovakia) is always a threat, partially because of his sheer size , but beyond these two, the Europeans don t look to have much on the blue line. Goaltending is suspect for this team Jaroslav Hal k (Slovakia) has been known to keep his teams competitive in games against superior opponents in the past, but his best years are behind him. Still, if a handful of players overachieve, Europe is a viable dark-horse pick to succeed in the World Cup. [14] [15] Team North America is the other franken-team in the tournament, and, like Europe, could deliver a surprisingly good performance. It s made up of players from both the United States and Canada, all of whom must be under 23 years of age. Young and talented players have traditionally been left off of national teams in favor of more proven veterans consider Steven Stamkos absence from team Canada at the 2010 Olympics. In theory, the introduction of Team North America should rectify this issue, and allow fans to see some of the most talented young players in the world exhibit their skills on an international stage early in their careers. It would be easy to dismiss North America as a team that is too raw and inexperienced to compete in the tournament. However, forwards Nathan MacKinnon (Canada) and Johnny Gaudreau (United States) are proven stars, goalie Matt Murray (Canada) just backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in the spring, and defenders Seth Jones (United States) and Aaron Ekblad (Canada) are integral parts of their teams bluelines. Furthermore, forwards Connor McDavid (Canada), Auston Matthews (United States), and Jack Eichel (United States) have each been hailed as the saviors of their respective NHL teams in coming years (McDavid in particular has been called the seventh coming of the Transcendent Canadian NHL Superstar , and looks to supersede Crosby himself in coming years). The North Americans annihilated a decent Europe team in a pre-tournament game this team is a legitimate, albeit inexperienced threat to win the entire tournament. The plan is for both the Canadian and American national anthems to be played before all of North America s games, but if they win the tournament, the Voice is of the opinion that Drake and Future s entire What A Time To Be Alive mixtape should be played, in the spirit of championships and cross-border cooperation. Last but certainly not least, the USA is sending a team to the tournament, and they look to be pretty good. Unfortunately, for the past few days, discussion of the American team has centered on head coach John Tortorella s draconian reaction to the Colin Kaepernick national anthem situation, which is at best an unnecessary distraction and at worst a profound misunderstanding of freedom of speech. Immature antics from Tortorella are nothing new the man seems to have a fixation on making himself the center of attention. In any case, the American team is not the best in the tournament at any position, but is remarkably well-rounded. The attack may not be as electrifying as Canada s or Russia s, but it includes proven players who can compete in the NHL, such as Zach Parise, Ryan Kesler, Patrick Kane (who is playing a new leadership role ), and, of course, national hero T.J. Oshie. The American defense can t be as dominant as Sweden s will be, but Ryan Suter, Dustin Byfuglien, and the other Jack Johnson are all part of a defensive corps that looks to be the third or fourth best in the entire tournament. In net, Cory Schneider, Jonathan Quick, and Ben Bishop have been at turns brilliant and exasperating in the NHL if these goalies play well, the depth and caliber of the American team should be enough to challenge anyone in the tournament, and perhaps make a run at winning the whole thing. The elephant in the room for the United States is undoubtedly the absence of Penguins winger Phil Kessel. Kessel has been called one of the most overrated players in the league, and casual fans have said he looks more like a tow truck driver than an NHL star, but most observers agreed that Kessel s stellar performance in Pittsburgh s championship run this spring invalidated many criticisms. Apparently this shift in perspective was lost on Tortorella and USA general manager Dean Lombardi. If the United States ends up losing in the WCH because of insufficient scoring, there ll be hell to pay. 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Looking Back: 1991 — Ground broken on Worthington’s AmericInn 0

Looking Back: 1991 — Ground broken on Worthington’s AmericInn

New city entrance signs were installed and then unveiled at three locations in Worthington. The first was on U.S. 59/Minnesota 60 near Crailsheim Drive, the second was on U.S. 59 just north of the city limits and the third was on Minnesota 60 near the Blue Line Travel Center. Project Morning Star, Worthington, celebrated the first anniversary of its residential recovery program with a community hog roast fundraiser. Drew Johnson, a 1997 Worthington High School graduate, was seeking input from the public about their memories of the legendary onion rings served at the former Michael’s Restaurant, Worthington. Johnson was involved with Capp Brothers, a Las Vegas-based audio and video production company that was preparing a documentary about notable onion rings for an “American Food Legions” series. Lake Okabena’s waters were blue-green and smelly due to a thriving algae bloom. Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Administrator Dan Livdahl said residents could help keep the algae blooms from rising by not allowing their grass clippings to enter city storm sewers and by capturing water drainage from impervious surfaces with rain barrels. Paul Langseth, Worthington, was hailed as a hero for his courageous effort to help rescue a truck driver following a fiery crash Monday on Minnesota 60 near Heron Lake. Five years ago After extensive discussion, the Worthington City Council agreed to an effective tax rate increase of 4.3 percent for the 2012 fiscal year. The 2012 pre-certified tax levy was increased by 11.9 percent, but was tempered by a decertification of tax increment financing in District 7. The Nobles County Commissioners set a not-to-exceed levy of eight percent, bringing the total levy to $10,593,235. The vote in favor of the amount passed 4-1. Worthington’s firefighters were planning to participate in a dedication ceremony on Sept. 11 for the 9/11 Memorial Park at Marshall. Julie Wellnitz came on board as the new library director of both the Worthington and Adrian branches of the Nobles County Library system. April and Chelsey Johnson, daughters of Dean and Elizabeth Johnson, rural Heron Lake, were the first sisters in Princess Kay of the Milky Way history to have their likenesses carved into butter heads during the same year at the Minnesota State Fair. Tim Henning, 53, president of the Nobles County Farmers Union, died this week after fighting a diagnosis of soft tissue carcinoma since July. Worthington native Liz Collin, a WCCO-TV reporter/anchor, was selected as the 2011 King Turkey Day featured speaker. 10 years ago The Green Earth Players, with a nine-person cast, performed “Murder at the Midnight Hour” at a bison ranch north of Luverne. Classes began on Tuesday, Sept. 5, for ISD 518 students. The five Independence Party candidates running for state office made a campaign stop in Worthington. The candidates and the offices they were pursuing included Peter Hutchinson (governor), Maureen Reed (lieutenant governor), Joel Sponheim (secretary of state), Lucy Gerold (state auditor) and John James (attorney general). Worthington’s First Lutheran Church hosted an Outdoor Movie Night in its parking lot, showing the PG-rated movie “RV” starring Robin Williams. A free-will offering was accepted, with its proceeds benefiting the church’s summer youth mission trips. Lloyd Case, president and chief operating officer of Forum Communications Company, appointed Joni Harms as publisher of the Daily Globe, Worthington. The Globe’s former publisher, Dennis Hall, was promoted to Director of Forum Communications’ Printing Division. “Joni has played a significant role in the success of the Daily Globe,” Case said. Harms was a graduate of Des Moines Area Community College and began her career with the Daily Globe as an accounting intern in 1978. 25 years ago A groundbreaking ceremony took place for a $1.3 million Americinn Motel in Worthington. The new motel was being built directly east of the Perkins Restaurant at 1445 Darling Drive, with the two businesses to have a shared parking lot. The September/October edition of the Minnesota State Auto Association’s Home & Away Magazine included a mention of Worthington’s King Turkey Day and listed the festival’s upcoming events. A 20-year-old Westbrook man was charged in Cottonwood County Court with four counts in a burglary case. First State Bank of Rushmore Vice President Alvin D. Kooiman was awarded a Graduate School of Banking diploma. The new president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, Dave Frederickson, stopped in Worthington to meet with Farmers Union members at the Worthington Holiday Inn. The 1991 King Turkey Day buttons sported a design created by Brent Wiertzema. A first-of-its-kind self-defense course for women was planned to take place later in September at Worthington’s West Elementary School. The four-hour session was entitled “SHARP: Sexual Harrassment, Assault, Rape Prevention.” Course instructors were June Fitch, Worthington, and Greg and Luann Carlson, Windom. 50 years ago Kent Ahlf, Worthington, was awarded possession of the Elmer Kane Memorial Traveling Trophy Monday afternoon when he won the annual Labor Day Tournament at the Worthington Country Club. He was the first golfer to win the championship on the new 18-hole course, and he was the first Worthington golfer to win the title since Joel Grandstrand in 1961. Ahlf’s father was Doug Ahlf, the local Country Club champion. The junior Ahlf shot an even par on the final day of the tournament to defeat Phil VanderPloeg of Sheldon, Iowa, by four strokes. In all, 98 golfers competed in the three-day tournament. Elmer Lundgren, 1106 Grand Ave., Worthington, caught a four and three-quarter pound northern at Lake Ocheda on Labor Day. He used chubs to make the catch. Murray County Sheriff William Neumann was investigating the apparent theft of a quantity of turkeys from the Art Stenke farm near Dundee. Stenke had noticed he was missing turkeys of late, but his recent loss was large. Neumann found tracks where a car had become stuck in the mud near the Stenke farm, and a quantity of feathers littered the scene. The missing birds were white and almost up to market weight. Advertised specials this week at Worthington’s Swanson’s grocery included a three-pound can of Butter-Nut coffee for $1.99, a dozen large eggs for 39 cents, a gallon of Swanson’s vanilla ice cream for $1.13, a 12-ounce jar of Skippy creamy or chunk peanut butter for 35 cents, a 22-ounce bottle of Joy dishwashing lliquid for 59 cents and first-cut pork chops for 43 cents a pound. 85 years ago Mrs. Anna Sather, 76, a 47-year resident of Nobles County and Worthington, died Sunday morning at her son’s Worthington home. Born Anna Christina Skow on Feb. 2, 1855, in Clipliph, Schleswig, Denmark, Sather first came to the U.S. in 1881 and lived initially at Waterloo and Wesley, Iowa. In Wesley, she married Ole Sather; the couple immediately moved to Nobles County, which remained their home for the rest of their lives. Mr. Sather preceded his wife in death on Nov. 7, 1913. Four children survived the couple, including Arthur C. Sather of Worthington and John H. Sather of Round Lake. Mrs. Sather was confirmed in the Danish Lutheran church as a child, and adhered to the Lutheran faith until her death. Nobles County winners at the Minnesota State Fair in livestock 4-H work included Helen Hanson, third with her purebred colt; William Elsing, Rushmore, first in purebred two-year-old Brown Swiss; and June Litka, Bigelow, second with her purebred Guernsey two-year-old. “Karmelkorn is here!” proclaimed an ad for The Karmelkorn Shop, Worthington. The ad read, “The popcorn confection with the irresistably crunchy flavor that has tickled the sweet tooth of the nation is here. Our new shop in the Nelson Garage Building will open Saturday. Come in and try this delicious popcorn confection.”