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Fall/Winter Updates

As always, stay tuned to the Viewthroughmylens.net Facebook Page for daily updates on everything going on and photo updates as I’m out covering games at least 5 days a week, but often times I’m out every day of the week at games.

With Cloquet, Cromwell, and Moose Lake/Willow River all at football State on Friday, I let the newspaper decide where I would be for the MSHSL quarterfinal game, and I will be covering Cloquet’s football game vs. Becker, in St. Cloud at 8 pm.  Moose Lake/Willow River plays in Brainerd at 7, while Cromwell plays their quarterfinal game way up in Bemidji this week.  Good luck to all of the teams, including Proctor, who plays in Brainerd on Saturday.

On Monday I covered the UMD Women’s Hockey team vs. BemidjI State University in the Hockey Hall of Fame game in Isanti, that also featured a Matt Olson benefit.  Olson’s hockey career came to an end when he was paralyzed by an injury during the 2014/15 NAHL hockey season.  He started his NAHL season with the Wilderness, then was traded to Corpus Christi.

Matt Olson poses with UMD's Sydney Brodt and Bemidji State's Emma Terres after Monday night's ceremonial puck drop prior to the Hockey HOF game at Isanti Arena.

On Saturday I’ll be covering Moose Lake Area girls’ hockey vs. Cambridge/Isanti and then heading to Duluth for the UMD Men’s hockey game, with the Bulldogs’ retiring former Bulldog and Minnesota North Star defenseman Curt Giles’ #4.

Monday is the annual Polar League Volleyball all-star game, in Two Harbors this year!

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Busy as Ever, Quick Update

Since the County Fair finished, life has been seriously busy covering the Fall sports seasons.

First off, Carlton County Fair photo album is available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/170521452986154/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1499229913448628 and photos can be ordered on the Smugmug page as always Viewthroughmylens.smugmug.com

This year, I’m making ordering albums easier to find.. with a ‘Pinned’ status on the viewthroughmylens.net Facebook page .. each school I’m covering has a folder with each team from the school in an album on the Smugmug page

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Mid-Summer Night of Mayhem Photos

This past Saturday, one of the most anticipated evenings in Northern Minnesota took place once again, the Mid-Summer Night of Mayhem at Proctor Speedway.  Hornet-class races, reverse (driving IN reverse), trailer races, and of course bus races, with celebrity races and regular bus races as usual are the main event. 

The ‘Mayhem’ portion of the evening, of course, includes destruction and even flaming destruction of RV’s and campers. 

The Hornets "buzz" around Proctor Speedway on Saturday night.

 Fox 21's Dan Hanger won the celebrity bus race Saturday night at Proctor Speedway.

The #51 bus dominated the main feature race Saturday night.

Some of the MAYHEM from Saturday night

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All of my photos from Mid-Summer Night of Mayhem can be viewed in the Dirt Track album on the Viewthroughmylens.net Facebook page.  Photos from different nights at Proctor Speedway are there also.  Mid-Summer Night of Mayhem photo prints can also be ordered on the SMUGMUG page.  I don’t offer regular racing photos for prints on the page, as others already offer photos from area tracks.

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Finally, a Blog Update?

As busy as shooting Winter and Spring sports were this year, I never really got back to blogging as planned.. now that it’s July, I guess it’s more than just an update, instead a renewal of the commitment of continuing to be the guy that hears “You’re Everywhere” from parents, coaches and athletes, alike.

Much of this summer has been spent covering some of the Duluth Huskies games, and local summer softball teams, with a bit of dirt track racing in Proctor, as well as Spring Fever Days in Barnum thrown in.  Tomorrow (Sunday, July 23) I’ll be covering the Cloquet VFW baseball team’s district playoff game at Mettner Field for the Pine Journal. 

I’m the upcoming weeks I’ll be at Carlton Daze, Brickyard Days, and all 4+1/2 days of the Carlton County Fair (as usual.)  I’ll still get a few more Huskies games in, and other random happenings right up until the fall sports seasons get underway the week after the Fair, though I’ll probably be at a few practices prior to the Fair, also.

The plan for the blog is to at least have an entry each week, either detailing the previous week or updating the plans for the next week, or both if I know where I’ll be ahead of time. 

I will be continuing the $100 deal from the 2016-17 school year as well.  All photos of a high school athlete, from any sports for the season, will be available in high-resolution digital format, at $10 apiece up to 10 photos, with a cap of $100 and any additional photos will be included as well.  An additional $10 is needed for a flash drive and postage to mail the flash drive, but I can also do Google Drive folders for people, and you download the photos from there and buy your own flash drive.  This also includes a required photo release, or local printers won’t allow photos to be printed.

Photo prints will ALWAYS be available from me through my Smugmug store https://viewthroughmylens.smugmug.com/ … the print quality from the print shop is much better than can be done at Walmart or Walgrens, the digital version above just allows you to use the photos how you want.

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#WoodCityClassic Day 2 Boys Final Pine City 61 Blake School 58

The Pine City Dragons defeated the Blake School Bears 61-58 in the boys 3rd place game of the Wood City Classic.  Pine City’s Nick Hansmann and Jake Rademacher each scored 13, while teammate Clay Logan scored 10.  Blake School’s Tenzin Choezin led the Bears with 15 points, while William Watkins Jr. scored 12.