RAYMO’S RAMBLINGS – REMEMBERING STEVO!

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REMEMBERING STEVO

I just heard about another young man from our area that lost his life in a car accident last night, someone that i know and it breaks my heart. The hurt and pain comes back to me every time i hear of a tragedy like that. I had that same feeling back in November of 2002.

When the last Sunday in June comes around every year, it is a reminder for me to remember one heck of a kid, Steve Bly. I also get to spend the morning with the Bly family and their many friends that gather in the St. Michael’s parking lot to remember Steve and his father Tom with a 5K fun/run/walk.

Steve was just 16 years old when he was killed in a car accident just outside of Madison in 2002, his funeral was held in the MMN gymnasium, you couldn’t have gotten another person in the building. It was a devastating time for everyone that knew Steve. It was so sad.

So for the last 15 years, his family lead by his mother Theresa has put on a memorial 5K fun/run/walk. Theresa puts a lot of work into organizing the event along with others. It is held Sunday morning in the parking lot of St. Michaels church. Many people young and old, families, couples, and people with their pets show up to run/walk in memory of Steve.

Steve was a member of the LQPV/D/B cross country team and that was his passion. He loved cross country! His freshman year he was named LQPV athlete of the week and at the end of the season was voted rookie of the year! His sophomore year he made all conference and was voted MVP of the team. What I remember well about Steve was that he liked to be different, he didn’t like to do the normal things, all in a good way! It was fun to be around him.

I had just started covering cross country on the radio, not many radio stations cover the sport of cross country, if any do. But I feel those athletes work just as hard as the football or basketball players do and should be recognized. That’s why I cover cross country, dance, golf and tennis on the radio. I remember interviewing Steve a couple of times, he always had a big smile when talking to you. He was a good interview. Usually when interviewing high school kids, you don’t get much out of them, but not Steve, he would talk up a storm and that makes for great radio! His comments were always interesting and you never knew what he was going to say, he had a great sense of humor!

It was nice to see so many people show up early Sunday morning, it was beautiful weather and a great day to remember Steve. It’s also a special day for me, because I get to see Lynne and my nieces Megan, Marissa and Ali, whom I love and don’t get to see very often.

After the fun/run/walk Theresa and Steph, Steve’s mother and sister gives scholarships to graduating LQPV Seniors and Area Faith Community members. So far over $41,000 dollars have been given in Steve’s honor.

So every year family and friends, along with the LQPV/DB cross country team get together to remember this fine young man that was taken way to early from us. Miss ya Stevo!

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RAYMO’S RAMBLINGS – REMEMBERING STEVO!

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REMEMBERING STEVO

I just heard about another young man from our area that lost his life in a car accident last night, someone that i know and it breaks my heart. The hurt and pain comes back to me every time i hear of a tragedy like that. I had that same feeling back in November of 2002.

When the last Sunday in June comes around every year, it is a reminder for me to remember one heck of a kid, Steve Bly. I also get to spend the morning with the Bly family and their many friends that gather in the St. Michael’s parking lot to remember Steve and his father Tom with a 5K fun/run/walk.

Steve was just 16 years old when he was killed in a car accident just outside of Madison in 2002, his funeral was held in the MMN gymnasium, you couldn’t have gotten another person in the building. It was a devastating time for everyone that knew Steve. It was so sad.

So for the last 15 years, his family lead by his mother Theresa has put on a memorial 5K fun/run/walk. Theresa puts a lot of work into organizing the event along with others. It is held Sunday morning in the parking lot of St. Michaels church. Many people young and old, families, couples, and people with their pets show up to run/walk in memory of Steve.

Steve was a member of the LQPV/D/B cross country team and that was his passion. He loved cross country! His freshman year he was named LQPV athlete of the week and at the end of the season was voted rookie of the year! His sophomore year he made all conference and was voted MVP of the team. What I remember well about Steve was that he liked to be different, he didn’t like to do the normal things, all in a good way! It was fun to be around him.

I had just started covering cross country on the radio, not many radio stations cover the sport of cross country, if any do. But I feel those athletes work just as hard as the football or basketball players do and should be recognized. That’s why I cover cross country, dance, golf and tennis on the radio. I remember interviewing Steve a couple of times, he always had a big smile when talking to you. He was a good interview. Usually when interviewing high school kids, you don’t get much out of them, but not Steve, he would talk up a storm and that makes for great radio! His comments were always interesting and you never knew what he was going to say, he had a great sense of humor!

It was nice to see so many people show up early Sunday morning, it was beautiful weather and a great day to remember Steve. It’s also a special day for me, because I get to see Lynne and my nieces Megan, Marissa and Ali, whom I love and don’t get to see very often.

After the fun/run/walk Theresa and Steph, Steve’s mother and sister gives scholarships to graduating LQPV Seniors and Area Faith Community members. So far over $41,000 dollars have been given in Steve’s honor.

So every year family and friends, along with the LQPV/DB cross country team get together to remember this fine young man that was taken way to early from us. Miss ya Stevo!

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RAYMO’S RAMBLINGS – GOLF IS A UNIQUE SPORT

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GOLF IS A UNIQUE SPORT

I spent two days in Becker Minnesota last week covering the Class A state golf tournament. It is one of my favorite high school sporting events to cover. Why? Well a number of reasons, Pebble Creek golf club does a super job of hosting the event, it is one of the best golf courses in Minnesota. Minnesota High School League also does a great job of running the event. The other reason is watching the many local kids golf in the tournament and just being with them, coaches and their families during the two-day event.

I golf some, not a lot, usually in local fundraisers and tournaments with Kris our office manager at KLQP and our family golf outing we do every summer, called the Raymo Cup. I’m not a good golfer at all, I would call myself a bogey golfer and very inconsistent. I love to just be outside with family and friends on the golf course and have a good time.

Watching these young boys and girls at state birdie and par hole after hole is just amazing and fun to watch. Sure they have their ups and downs just like anyone else, but for the most part are very consistent with their game. Some at state are as young as 7th and 8th graders.

At state golf you will usually have parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles and friends following their favorite golfer from hole to hole. The day consists of doing a lot of walking, whispering, counting strokes and moaning and groaning when a shot doesn’t land on the green or when he or she three putts. You get to bond with other families of the competitors walking the same path you are. It’s really unlike any other sport, and that why its special.

Some special moments for me at state golf this year, was watching the LQPV boys take 2nd place and watching Jaden Kallhoff finish up his outstanding high school career in golf. Watching the special bond that Minneota’s senior Heidi Guttormsson and LQPV freshman Rachel Halvorson have had the past few years. Two competitor’s on the course but friends off the course and two of the best golfers in the state, Heidi took 2nd and Rachel 11th place. Watching their moms taking pictures of them after the award ceremony for the last time.

Seeing the huge smile on the face of LQPV Abby Stender as the 8th place medal was put around her neck. And her mother in tears as she hugged her daughter after the ceremony.  Another huge smile on Minneota’s Nolan Boerboom only a 9th grader just because he was happy to be at state. And Ortonville’s senior Karina Kafka, whom I have gotten to know well along with her parents. Karina has worked so hard on her golf game this year and wanted badly to do well and place at state and she did just that, a 5th place finish. I was so happy for her. Karina will golf for Augsburg next year. Enjoying anticipating what Maccrays Brady Madsen and Dawson/Boyd’s Tyler Lund will be wearing, two of the best dressed golfers on the course and they didn’t disappoint me. The game faces that the Minneota girls golf team has while on the course, they are so focused.

The list can go on, but those are a few that made an impact on me and why I love covering the state golf meet!

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RAYMO’S RAMBLINGS – FATHERHOOD BEGINS IN THE DELIVERY ROOM

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FATHERHOOD BEGINS IN THE DELIVERY ROOM

I was in the delivery room at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dawson on June 30th 1977, two nurses were attending to me on both sides, trying to hold me up and kept asking me if I am going to be ok. Dr. Maus would occasionally look at me and ask “you OK Paul?” I was sweating and crying, I was a big mess!  You see at 10:32pm on Thursday June 30th 1977 I became a father for the first time. I was so overcome with emotions, that I could hardly function in that delivery room. But I did make it through the birthing process which wasn’t easy for me. I was completely exhausted after that ordeal. And oh, my wife Roxie was in the delivery room too and she did just fine.

They can teach you many things in the baby classes that we took, but nothing can prepare you for what you actually go through giving birth. Watching my wife give birth for the first time was hard.  I felt so sorry for her, in the 70’s they didn’t use many drugs to relieve the pain of childbirth like they do now. There was a lot of screaming going on! My daughter in law recently gave birth and I asked her how it went giving birth, and she said “Oh, I felt a little pressure when he came out” OMG!

The reason I was having so much trouble in the delivery room is I thought for sure she was going to die!! And all I could think of was…..that I’m responsible for her having to go through this agony.

But you know, they say when you first see that baby and get to hold him, all the pain of childbirth is gone. It’s just pure joy and excitement, and that is so true.

Anyways, back to fatherhood. I became a father for the first time that day, and since then, I paid two more visits to the delivery room and a visit to the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport to have another child. The airport pickup was a lot less painful, but just as emotional. When the adoptive social worker placed out daughter in our arms at the airport off the plane from Korea, it was the same feeling as being in the hospital delivery room.

 I love being a father. Sure I could have done a better job at being a father, and maybe been around more in the earlier days, but do you know what I’m most proud of as a father? That my three boys, Josh, Jeremy, and Brandon have become fathers themselves and are awesome dads! All three of them do a super job at being a father. I enjoy watching them interact with their own children and to see how much they love them. I see my boys spending more time with their kids, then I did with them. One of my all-time favorite quotes is this. “The most important thing a father can do for his kids, is to love their mother” and I sure see that evidence in my sons as well.  So I must have done something right, and that is what I’m most proud of as a father.

So on this Father’s Day, we honor the Fathers.

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RAYMO’S RAMBLINGS – FATHERHOOD BEGINS IN THE DELIVERY ROOM

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FATHERHOOD BEGINS IN THE DELIVERY ROOM

I was in the delivery room at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dawson on June 30th 1977, two nurses were attending to me on both sides, trying to hold me up and kept asking me if I am going to be ok. Dr. Maus would occasionally look at me and ask “you OK Paul?” I was sweating and crying, I was a big mess!  You see at 10:32pm on Thursday June 30th 1977 I became a father for the first time. I was so overcome with emotions, that I could hardly function in that delivery room. But I did make it through the birthing process which wasn’t easy for me. I was completely exhausted after that ordeal. And oh, my wife Roxie was in the delivery room too and she did just fine.

They can teach you many things in the baby classes that we took, but nothing can prepare you for what you actually go through giving birth. Watching my wife give birth for the first time was hard.  I felt so sorry for her, in the 70’s they didn’t use many drugs to relieve the pain of childbirth like they do now. There was a lot of screaming going on! My daughter in law recently gave birth and I asked her how it went giving birth, and she said “Oh, I felt a little pressure when he came out” OMG!

The reason I was having so much trouble in the delivery room is I thought for sure she was going to die!! And all I could think of was…..that I’m responsible for her having to go through this agony.

But you know, they say when you first see that baby and get to hold him, all the pain of childbirth is gone. It’s just pure joy and excitement, and that is so true.

Anyways, back to fatherhood. I became a father for the first time that day, and since then, I paid two more visits to the delivery room and a visit to the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport to have another child. The airport pickup was a lot less painful, but just as emotional. When the adoptive social worker placed out daughter in our arms at the airport off the plane from Korea, it was the same feeling as being in the hospital delivery room.

 I love being a father. Sure I could have done a better job at being a father, and maybe been around more in the earlier days, but do you know what I’m most proud of as a father? That my three boys, Josh, Jeremy, and Brandon have become fathers themselves and are awesome dads! All three of them do a super job at being a father. I enjoy watching them interact with their own children and to see how much they love them. I see my boys spending more time with their kids, then I did with them. One of my all-time favorite quotes is this. “The most important thing a father can do for his kids, is to love their mother” and I sure see that evidence in my sons as well.  So I must have done something right, and that is what I’m most proud of as a father.

So on this Father’s Day, we honor the Fathers.

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