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Nearly snowbound in Waseca

February 21, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
I knew the weather was predicted to be snow and wind on Friday evening, but I decided to brave it and head over to Waseca for the Section Gymnastics Meet. After all, the Blue Earth Area Gymnasts have been doing a great job this year, and I knew they could take first or second. It is hard to get a picture unless you are actually there. So I went. The drive over was not too bad. The freeway was open and I could cruise at 60 or so. Highway 13 north to Waseca was snow covered, but I could have done 50 or so, except I kept getting behind some slower, 30 mph traffic. The ride home was not so pleasant. It was snowing in Waseca, and at the intersection of Highways 13 south, and 14 west, I had to decide whether to head to Mankato, then south on 169, or head south on 13 back to I-90 (the way I had come.) I think I made a bad decision. I went south on 13 and the snow picked up, the wind howled, and I am not sure I ever saw much of the road. Several times I was sure I was headed off the road, but I didn't. Several times I saw other cars, and followed them, but they all turned off. Eventually I was on my own. It took an hour – or more – to make the 28 miles to Albert Lea. After I reached I-90 it wasn't so bad. It quit snowing and I could see the road. Oh, the wind was still howling and blowing across the roadway, but I still could see it. Got home from the gymnastics meet at about 12:30 a.m. And no, that does not include any stops at any local watering holes. I did have to unclench my fingers from the steering wheel, and straighten out my back, before I could walk into the house, and finally call it a day. By the way, the BEA girls took second in the Section, and finished a great year in fine style. They couldn't quite overcome a VERY tough New Prague squad and get to the State Tourney, but they are to be congratulated on a fine season. After all, unbeaten in the conference and conference champs is great. And as Coach Sandy Oswald said, they beat perennial powerhouse New Ulm THREE times this year. The third one was Friday night in Waseca. Pretty neat. I guess it was worth the snowy trip.


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