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Haaven’s fourth ace at AGC

Alexandria’s Jon Haaven, the former publisher of the Echo Press, aced the par-three seventh hole on July 12 while playing at the Alexandria Country Club in the club’s member-guest tournament.

Haaven, now 80-years old, was playing with Jeffrey Dinham and Dennis Anhalt at the time and had about 12 eye witnesses with other groups on the tee boxes around the green.

Haaven actually didn’t see the ball drop himself as it rolled over a ridge and fell into the cup. He was using a seven wood that day with the hole playing about 165 yards.

It was actually Haaven’s fourth hole-in-one with all four of those coming on the AGC’s seventh hole. This is the first one of those for him since the green on No. 7 was renovated at the club and opened up for play last summer.

Haaven said he was much younger when he recorded his other three holes-in-one, but those too were quite memorable with two of them coming within a week apart from each other.

Hole-in-one at Pine Ridge

Ron Roering got a hole-in-one at the Pine Ridge Golf Course near Evansville on July 8.

Roering, who lives on Lake Chippewa near Brandon, was golfing with Jim Otto when he aced the par-three sixth hole.

Lake Miltona aces

The Lake Miltona Golf Club had its second and third holes-in-one of the season recently with Alexandria’s Ralph Losee and Trevor Grack each acing a hole.

Losee was golfing with his son, Mark Losee, on July 4 and aced the par-three eighth that was playing about 130 yards.

Grack was golfing in league play and aced hole 4 while using a 6-iron on the 146-yard hole.

Glenwood Rotary Waterama 5K and 10K

The Glenwood Rotary Waterama 5K run/walk and 10K road race will be held Saturday, July 26 with a race start at 8 a.m.

Buses for the race will load at 7:45 a.m. at the city park across from the Lakeside Ballroom. Runners will be bused to the starting points with the finish line being at the Lakeside Ballroom. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. The 5K and 10K events will be chip timed.

Registration for the races can be done at Online registration closes July 24. Late registration may be completed Friday before the race from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pope County Historical Society or from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Saturday of the race in the park across from the Lakeside Ballroom.

Cost remains $20 through July 24 and goes to $25 after that. The Glenwood State Bank Magic Mile will be held in conjunction with the event and cost for that is $12.

Fall baseball league

Alexandria’s Caleb Curry is holding his fall baseball league at Knute Nelson Ballpark in August and September for athletes in grades 7-12.

Curry will hold the fall instructional baseball league starting on August 30 and running on Saturdays through September 27. Grades 7-9 will go from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with grades 10-12 running from 2 to 5 p.m.

The league provides an hour of instruction followed by a seven-inning game. The schedule is set up to try and eliminate conflicts with other fall sports. Former and current professional and collegiate players and coaches will be working the league.

Cost is $100 per player. Contact Curry at (320) 491-2460 or by email at

Co-ed volleyball tournament and bean bag tournament

A 32-team co-ed volleyball tournament scheduled for August 30 at Fat Daddy’s, Jerry’s Bar and Grill and Bug-A-Boo Bay Restaurant is taking registrations until August 27.

The tournament will pay out $800 to the first-place team. Second gets $500, third $350, fourth $325, fifth $250 and teams finishing sixth through ninth get $150 each. Entry cost is $100.

A 64-team double-elimination bean bag tournament will also be played that same day. The entry fee for the bean bag tournament is $50 and the top team will win $800. Second place will get $600, third place $450, fourth place $350 and fifth place $250. Sixth through 10th place will receive $150 each.

Call (320) 763-6566 for more information.

Family tennis nights

The Alexandria Area Tennis Association in collaboration with Dr. Rick and Jenny Thiery from Young at Heart Dentistry are hosting family tennis nights on July 17, 24, 31 and August 14 at the Discovery Middle School courts from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The free event features right-sized equipment, shorter courts and lower, slower bouncing balls for children to enjoy games and activities. The event is family-focused with a parent having to attend with children.

Minnewaska triathlon

The 12th annual Lake Minnewaska Triathlon is scheduled for August 2 at 7:30 a.m.

The triathlon will feature a 400-yard swim, 11.1-mile bike ride and a 2.5-mile run. Register online at and visit for more information.

Fundraiser golf scramble

The “Carpenter’s Crew” of First Lutheran Church in Alexandria is hosting a nine-hole golf scramble on August 3 to benefit the Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build home this summer.

Teams will consist of four people, men or women, with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. at Hardwood Hills Golf Course. Cost is $50 per person and includes nine holes of golf, a shared cart, burgers, door prizes and a $30 donation supporting the Women Build home project. There is room for 10 teams in the scramble.

Register by July 21 by calling the Hardwood Hills Golf Course at (320) 886-1400 or Beth Pappenfus at (320) 762-8681.