SMARTEST LITTLE CREATURES ON GOD'S GOOD EARTH.  Sorry about the omission last month of the picture of me and my buddy, The Squirrel.  The story is that I was sitting outside doing some reading and the squirrel ran under my chair.  The next day I had a black walnut with me and when the squirrel got close, I held it out to him.  The photo is a little blurry because the kitchen screen is in the way.

         As ever,

         Roger Diethelm

         Milaca, Minnesota


2ND PLACE AT EDINA.  Chaska Chanhassen Bantam C took 2nd place at the Bob O'Connor Tournament in Edina the weekend of February 10th.  They beat Sioux Falls 4-1, Edina Green 4-3, and lost to Edina White 2-5 in the championship game.  At the River Rumble in Hastings the weekend of February 3rd, they took 3rd place, beating Forest Lake, losing to Minneapolis 1-3, and beating Ames Flyers 5-1.

         Front:  Nicholas Lueck (Victoria). Middle (l-r): Ethan Rincon, Ryan Gates (Victoria), Sam Klovstad, Jakob Teeter (Victoria), Ben Chalupsky, Kaden Shirmer. Back: Coach Mark Hill (Victoria), Head Coach Mike Chalupsky, Coach Chip Osland, Tate Even, Caleb Olson, Ryan Hill (Victoria), Joey Holman (Victoria), Shaun Calufield, Ethan Smith (Victoria), Coach David Holman (Victoria).

         Tammy Lueck

         Victoria, Minnesota



         Love, Louise Lehner

         Victoria, Minnesota

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Thank you, Louise.  For those who would like more information, that's Bill Miller, owner of J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, and Manager Gina Lehner Holman of Victoria on the latest cover of Southwest Metro magazine.


TRAVELING TEAM PLACES IN THREE TOURNAMENTS.  The Chanhassen Storm 4th Grade Traveling Team White took 1st Place at Lakeville North on January 21st/22nd, 2nd place at Mankato "Kato" Classic on February 18th,  and 3rd Place at the St. Cloud Quarry Classic February 25th/26th.

         Front (l-r): Elias Foudray (Eden Prairie), Owen Potenza (Chanhassen), Talan Weber (Victoria), Carter Gellner (Chanhassen).  Back: Oliver Jost (Chanhassen), Coach Kyle Schreier (Eden Prairie), Luke Kans (Victoria), Ryan Kamann (Carver), Cael Chown (Carver), Remmer Buss (Victoria), Coach Dave Buss (Victoria), and Connor Schreier (Eden Prairie).

         Kirsten Weber

         Victoria, Minnesota


2ND PLACE AT OSSEO.  The Chanhassen 3rd grade tournament basketball team took 2nd place in the Osseo Tournament January 21st.  The team defeated Orono and St. Paul but came up short in the final game to Mankato Red.  The team also took 2nd place in the Bloomington and Maple Grove tournaments in January.

         Front (l-r): Owen Cameron (Victoria), Henry Isenburg (Victoria), Will Meyer (Victoria), Brady Kalvoda (Victoria), Cole Hansgen.  Middle: Zachary Daly, Brody Pannhoff, Nathan Ramler (Victoria), Matthew Daly, Will Maschka.  Back:  Coach  Jeff Maschka, Coach Chris Daly, Coach Mike Ramler (Victoria), Coach Ron Kalvoda (Victoria).

         Cristin Maschka

         Chanhassen, Minnesota


CHAMPIONS OF LAKEVILLE PANTHER CLASSIC.  The Chaska Chanhassen PeeWee B2 Purple won all  four pool play games at the Lakeville Panther Classic to bring them to the Championship game vs Farmington.  They battled Farmington to win the championship 3-2.

         Front (l-r): Grant Peltier (Victoria).  Middle (l-r): Tyler Hanson (Victoria), Conner Selken (Cologne), Andrew Lund (Chaska), Tate Miller (Waconia), Cade Reding (Chanhassen).  Back: Joey Schmidt (Victoria), John Wallace (Chaska), Evan Flynn (Victoria), Zach Palmquist (Chanhassen), Camden Martin (Waconia), Luke Christopherson (Chaska), Justin Owens (Victoria).

         Jennifer Palmquist

         Chanhassen, Minnesota


ABOUT THE AUTHOR.  Josh Merchant has always been an author/illustrator at heart.  He grew up on small town sensibility in Delano, attended Bemidji State University, and later moved to the Fargo/Moorhead area to complete his degree in International Business at Moorhead State.  After graduation, he received an invitation to Guangzhou, China, where he taught an amazingly fun bunch of first and second-graders while receiving Chinese tutoring.  He also acted in Chinese commercials, a mini-series, and was featured on several billboards and catalogs.  There he learned he was better at illustration than acting.  Josh currently lives in beautiful Victoria with his wife Laura and daughter Rissa.




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