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Clearing the bases

Players shovel snow off their field

Baseball players shoveling snow off their field.
As temperatures warmed above freezing, Central Lakes College Raider baseball players shovel snow off their baseball field Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at the college athletic fields. The college's maintenance department used a large tractor-driven blower to remove the majority of the snow while the ground was frozen. Wednesday, the players skimmed off the final inches while their coach Brian Voigt ran a snowblower near the first baseline. After the snow removal, green grass can be seen in the outfield just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

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Raider baseball players Derin Gaudette, left, Ryan Brown and Sam Jensen shovel snow off the Central Lakes College baseball field Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

I was raised on a farm in western Minnesota where I participated in 4-H, high school sports, and everything that farm kids do for fun after chores. Graduated from Ridgewater Community College with an AA degree and my first taste of newspapering. I worked a summer on the Ortonville Independent as a reporter and photographer.
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