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February is feeling the heat

Posted 2/17/2017

By Jake Kulland

As we write this time around, what a beautiful day we are enjoying sunshine and a temperature of 35 degrees (It got to 50 in Williston!).  This is the type of weather we have had the last couple of winters, and we hope it doesn’t spoil a huge snowmobile run coming to Langdon Feb. 25, which we will talk about more in a moment (Although we will cool down a bit by midweek).  We might even have rain showers on Presidents Day.  Do February showers bring March flowers this year?  Time will tell, and as we all know things can change for the worse in a moments notice, but we will enjoy what looks to be a fantastic late winter weekend.  What does groundhog that know anyway?

In the heart of Tournament Time

At press time the State Wrestling Tournament was going on at the Fargodome, and wish best of luck to all Pembina County North grapplers at state, although they did lose in the first round of the dual tourney to top ranked Lisbon.  The week ahead goes bananas with tourneys, as it starts with regional girls basketball tournaments. The Region 4 Girls Tournament will be held in Devils Lake Feb. 20-23, and the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals will play Benson County in the first round at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20.  The Lady Cards did not shoot the ball well at all in the District 8 Tournament, and that very uncharacteristic of how they have shot all season, so they hopefully have that out of their system.  Meanwhile the Region 2 Girls Basketball Tournament will be held at the Betty Englestad Sioux Center in Grand Forks Feb. 20-23.  The North Border Eagles were in a play-in game for that tourney on Feb. 17 versus Larimore in Walhalla.  If they won that game they will play second ranked Park River-Fordville-Lankin in the first round on Feb. 20.  Also, it’s boys district tournament time, so let’s move on and talk that up.

Langdon ready to host District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament

Right on the heels of regional girls basketball is the start if the 2017 District 8 Boys Basketball Tournament, which will be held in Langdon Feb. 24-27.  Coach Andy Haaven and his Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals tied for the third spot in District 8, but after tie breakers ended up with the fifth seed in the tourney, and they will play Rolla at 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 17 in the opening round. We hope folks around the Cardinals area (Which now includes all or parts of four counties!) will come out and support the tournament by attending the games.  The tournament features the number two team in the state in St. John, who is unbeaten on the year and really fun to watch, plus North Star who has been ranked in the top 10 most of the season, along with a young but talented Dunseith squad, and Rolette-Wolford.  These kind of tournaments don’t come to Langdon very often these days, so when they do all the support in the world in needed so we can keep getting them back. You can find a complete bracket for the tournament in the Republican.

Snowmobile run planned for Feb. 25

The Mount Carmel Moonlighters snowmobile club is going to hold a fun run on Feb. 25.  Like they did last year, it will run with At The Hop Bar & Grill being the hub site.  From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on that day, stop by The Hop and get your chance at winning two $1,000 cash prizes, along with many other door prizes to be given away.  Advance tickets are available from any club member or you can get them the day of the event.  At The Hop will also have the grill on for some great food.  Hopefully the snow conditions will still be good after a little streak of warm weather.  Oh, and that night…

“The band Elwood, the BAND!”

That line is from the great movie The Blues Brothers, and yes we will have a band playing At the Hop the night of the snowmobile run.  I am bringing back some of my guys from my old (Now very old) playing days out west to form a group that we calling “Kulland The Gang”.  It sort of mind bending play on words, and it should be a lot of fun getting the boys up here to jam.  Expect plenty of good rock and roll and some classic country mixed in a little.  We may even have some surprise guests taking the stage.  We hope to see everyone the night of Feb. 25, and many thanks to the Moonlighters and At the Hop for bringing us back again this year.

“See ya!” next week!