July 24, 2014

Jim Frazee takes Holm/Francis Golf Tourney, finally


The famous Holm/Francis Golf Tourney on Vermilion Fairways had a familiar golfer win it this year. The tourney was held last Saturday and Sunday and drew 55 golfers, up from last year.
The winner was well-known, local golfer Jim Frazee who has come in second many times at this tourney, but never won it. He topped Joe Zika by four strokes with a 72-73 and 39 for a 184 total to Joe's 188. Greg Gustafson was third and Brett Musich fourth. Frazee has won many other tournaments, including the Vermilion Men's Club Tournament, but said he had never won the Holm/Francis before this year.
The Holm/Francis was started around 1970, five years after the golf course opened. George Francis, president of Farmers and Merchants Bank, and Bud Holm, owner of one of the area's larger logging companies, started the tourney. It is now still going 44 years later.
Nick Wood was the top golfer in the 2nd Flight of golfers with a 166, followed by Rich Holm-168, Gary Lindsey-168 and Dick Edblom-171. The 3rd Flight was led by Jesse Taylor with a 177, followed by Steve Hill-179, Jordan Walls-181 and Rick Aune-182. The 4th Flight was led by Jack McCarthy with a 180, with Jerome Morris shooting a 183, Roy Johnson-185 and Bill Peterson-188. The 5th Flight was led by Steve Meitenen with a 195, with Alden Bergman shooting a 195, Rick Appleby-195 and Skip Tschida with a 201. The 6th Flight was led by D. Watson with a 199, S. Anderson had a 203, S. Tschida a 209 and G. Carlson with a 212.
Brian Erickson led the 1st Flight, followed by Cole Martin, Chris Meiger and Bob Zika.
Jim Frazee went from being a bridesmaid several times to winning the Holm/Francis. Congratulations.
More tournament pictures on page 5

St. Mary's new priest, Father Drew Braun, is excited to be here


Father Drew Braun is the new priest for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cook and he is excited to get back to the North Country. His new job will be a challenging one, though. He not only serves St. Mary's in Cook, he also serves the Catholic churches in Tower, Orr and Buyck. He will definitely see a lot of the North Country.
Father Braun grew up in Morris, Minn., and went to the seminary in St. Thomas. He finished his regular schooling at St. John Vianney in Indiana. His graduate studies were at St. Meinrad Seminary where he studied and graduated from after four years.
He was at Cass Lake, but then went to the Grand Rapids Catholic Church where he was an assistant priest for two years. St. Mary's in Cook is his first church where he is the main priest. He succeeds popular Father Jose.
Father Drew has an older sister and two younger brothers.
The outdoors, including hockey, are favorites of Cook's new, young priest. He loves to bow hunt, fly fish, golf and camp in the BWCA.
Father Drew said of his coming to Cook, Tower, Orr and Buyck, "I am excited to be up here where there are lots of lakes and woods. They are a true joy for me."
Be sure to welcome Father Drew. He will be a very visible part of the area.

Man in critical condition after being found in swampy area near Orr

On Friday, July 18, at 10 a.m., the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Camp 90 Forest Road/Ash River Road for a welfare check on a local 72-year-old man, who had not been heard from for approximately two days.
The victim was eventually located by a neighbor, deep into a swampy area. It is believed the victim may have been injured when the ATV he had been riding struck a stump on the trail causing him to become injured. The unconscious male was located lying in the muddy swamp a short distance from the ATV, before being extracted from the scene by medical personnel and flown to St. Mary's Essentia by Life Link Air Medical. The rescue efforts were hampered by the remoteness of the location, and due to the wet, swampy conditions where he was located.
The victim's condition is listed as critical and his name is being withheld pending family notification.
Assisting agencies included: Orr Ambulance, Orr Fire Department, Kabetogama First Responders, St. Louis County Sheriff's Department Volunteer Rescue Squad, Life Link Air Medical, and the International Falls Ambulance.

Locals 'Pay it forward' with acts of kindness and generosity


A favorite movie for many is one where a young boy wants people to "Pay it forward." What that means is acts of kindness and generosity were done with no reason except human kindness. The boy died in the movie, but this tradition is slowly spreading across this country.
There have been several accounts of locals "Paying it forward" by their acts of kindness and generosity. Names were not given because you don't "Pay it forward" to get recognition, you do it out of the goodness of your heart.
There are reports of people going to get their prescriptions filled, but didn't have the money. Some generous people have been reported to pay for some prescriptions so those who didn't have enough money, wouldn't go without their medicines.
There have also been reports of people in the grocery stories helping others who didn't have the money to pay for their purchases. No, no names are reported, just acts of kindness.
McDonald's has also seen these same acts of kindness.
There are several reports of people seeing one of our men or women in uniform at a restaurant and then paying for their meal anonymously.
The amount of money spent doesn't matter, it is the act of human kindness.
"Paying it forward" can definitely make your day. We do have some great people up north, don't we?


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