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Roforth headed to Hall of Fame - again

Getting elected into any hall of fame is usually a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

For Alexandria resident Jim Roforth, it is an honor that he will soon experience for the second time. The former Osakis girls' golf coach was recently elected to the Minnesota Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame after being inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.

Roforth started his golf-coaching career in Lake City, where he spent 22 years as the boys and girls coach at Lake City High School. He was named Regional Coach of the Year in 1976, 1978, 1981 and 1986 while there.

He moved to Osakis in 1987 and started the girls' program for the Silverstreaks. Two years later, he was named the regional, section and Minnesota Class A Coach of the Year after leading Osakis to the first of six straight conference titles in only its second year of existence.

Those league titles with the Silverstreaks are just the beginning of what is a long list of accomplishments. Roforth was at the helm of 19 conference championship teams during his 33-year career. He sent three of his Lake City boys' teams to the state tournament, finishing second in 1987, third in 1986 and sixth in 1976. A total of 20 individual golfers also played in the state tournament under his tutelage.

Roforth currently lives in Alexandria with his wife Judy. They have two sons, Chris and Steve. Roforth, along with Jeff Nelson of Bemidji and Bob Schissel of Park Rapids, will be inducted into the hall of fame on Tuesday, June 15 at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets to the induction can be purchased by contacting Rich Aulie at (218) 838-2899.