KEEP The FAITH V3: Brad Sherwood

Brad Sherwood
Red River HS
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Twenty years later, Brad Sherwood discusses co-producing for the third time, SPA’s original play based on the Flood of 1997 — KEEP THE FAITH. The play was performed in 1997 to eleven standing room only audiences at the Chester Fritz (a record that still stands) and in 2007 at the Fritz to more sellout audiences.

Sherwood recounts where the original idea came from for the play (Toby Baker), his reaction to the idea and where the title of the production came from (while driving down Gateway Drive, listening to Pat Owens quoting 2nd Timothy live on the radio).   Even after twenty years, Sherwood discusses the emotion and vivid memories associated with the play and educating a cast that wasn’t born when “the flood” occurred.

Post-traumatic event behavior is never far from this production and the producers are mindful of the memories that it conjures in the audience that lived through this event. Conversely, this particular play is a reminder about the importance of art and how it can be used to tell a beautiful stories of the human spirit. “I’ve had people tell me they’re not sure if the can see it again” Sherwood stated.  Having said that, the show is almost 75% sold out and the “marketing” campaign has yet to begin.

The production runs April 21, 22 and 23 and will be performed at Red River High School.  Tickets are on sale at www.spacompany.org or by calling (701) 746-2411.

TUCKER POOLMAN, THE ATMOSPHERE AT SCHEELS ARENA AND DEAN BLAIS RETIRES: Dane Jackson

Dane Jackson
Associate Head Coach
UND Men’s Hockey

WILL TUCKER POOLMAN PLAY?  “Hopefully Tucker will be able to play this weekend and we’ll see if he can.  We played a big chunk of the game  without him and we can still play and win.”  Asked if Poolman would be a “game time” decision, Jackson responded “we’re going to see how he’s coming along throughout the week and go from there.”

THE ATMOSPHERE AT SHEELS ARENA IN FARGO IS GOING TO BE EXCITING, MUCH LIKE THE “OLD” RALPH:  “It gives our guys an extra boost.  It’s gonna be an just awesome environment.  Our fans are so vocal and so supportive, it’s like a big home game for us”  Jackson said “our guys are really excited about getting back to that atmosphere.”  The impact of that environment on the game?  “I thought it was a huge advantage for us when we advanced and beat Quinnipiac and St. Cloud two years ago.”   Needless to say, this group is looking forward to Friday’s game and the electric environment that will certainly be resident in Fargo.

 

Don’t miss Dane’s comments about Dean Blais’s retirement, a great tribute.

THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE, THE WORKINGS OF DEMOCRACY & RETHINKING EDUCATION FUNDING IN ND: Mike Jacobs

Mike Jacobs
The Onlooker

The former Editor and Publisher of the Grand Forks Herald joined Mac and discussed the repeal of The Fairness Doctrine (a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was — in the Commission’s view — honest, equitable, and balanced); his respect and confidence for the workings of our Republic and the current crankiness of elected officials whose job it is to fund education at all levels.

Jacobs also recounts a protest in front of the UND ROTC Building after the Kent State Shootings in 1970.  Mike was responsible for leading a portion of the protest when Tom Clifford, who was then the Dean of the School of Business, helped defuse the situation.  Mike recounts the particulars and Clifford’s gift for treating everyone with respect and navigating difficult situations.

A great piece of articulate discourse.

 

 

NCAA PLAYOFF HOCKEY: Brad Schlossman Talks Brackets, Winners and Grand Forks Herald Coverage This Week

Brad E. Schlossman
Hockey Writer
Grand Forks Herald

NCAA PLAYOFF HOCKEY TALK: Brad Elliott Schlossman joins us to talk brackets and favorites, along with the latest news from the teams involved in this years NCAA Hockey Tournament as we follow the University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey Team to the NCAA Western Regional in Scheels Arena in Fargo.

MONIQUE LAMOUREUX RESPONDS TO USA HOCKEY

Joselyne Lamoureux
US Wonen’s National Team

UPDATED, 9:15 A.M., March 18, 2017:  USA Hockey issued an “Update On Women’s National Team Issues” at 4:15 CDT Friday.  In the statement,  Dave Ogrean, Executive Director of USA Hockey states “We remain committed to having the players that were selected to represent the U.S. in the upcoming women’s world championship to be the players that are on the ice when the tournament begins.” The  statement went on “USA Hockey is contacting legal representatives of the players to have further conversations in an attempt to resolve the matter.”  The balance of the statement is an explanation of USA Hockey’s position relative to the issues brought to light by the Women’s Nation Team announcement that they would not participate in the 2017 IIHF World Championships unless gender equity was addressed relative to their program.

U.S. Women’s National Team Alternate Captain and Grand Forks native Monique Lamoureux joined Mike McNamara to offer a response from the members of the Women’s National Team.  In her response, Lamoureux makes three basic points: (1) the USWNT is not sure where USA Hockey is getting the numbers that they publicizing, but they are inaccurate to the point of being laughable, (2) the USWNT has the support of all USWNT pool players, college hockey coaches and players and therefore fielding a team for the 2017 World Championships (that USA Hockey will host) will be nearly impossible and (3) the USWNT players remain hopeful that progress can be made so that they can represent the nation at the World Championships and are waiting for USA Hockey to sit down and begin substantive negotiations.

US WOMEN HOCKEY PLAYERS THREATEN TO BOYCOTT OVER UNFAIR WAGES: Monique & Jocelyne Lamoureux

Monique & Jocelyne Lamoureux

ESPN Report:  “The U.S. women’s national hockey team said Wednesday that it will not participate in the IIHF World Championship beginning on March 31 in Plymouth, Michigan, citing more than a year of stalled negotiations with USA Hockey to secure what players consider fair wages and support.”

Grand Forks natives Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux join us to discuss why U.S. National Team players feel their stance is appropriate at this time.  Former New Yorks Jets offensive lineman Greg Lotysz also joins the discussion as we explore how women are compensated differently than men are by USA Hockey.

An eye opening interview that leaves many questions at the feet of the leadership of USA Hockey.

EDUCATION, POLITICS, LEADERSHIP: A Discussion with Mike Berg

Mike Berg
Former Football Coach
Grand Forks Central HS

Mike Berg talks housing, education, teacher’s unions, the political power of teachers in a community, explains the concept behind  “tenure,” charter schools vs public schools and choice in education, innovation in public education, how the change in the composition and lifestyle of the “family” has forced schools to change, leadership in the UND Athletic Department, political compromise, leadership expectations in different organizations and the media.

This is the “no kidding” FIRST conversation Mike Berg and I have ever had on these issues. Listen to an extremely broad and interesting conversation with a man who has spent his entire life educating and leading in his community.

Mike has very definite things to say about public education and school choice.  A GREAT discussion with articulate, measured and strong opinions.  GREAT STUFF!

UND vs. SCSU PREDICTION: Brad Elliot Schlossman

Brad E. Schlossman
Hockey Writer
Grand Forks Herald

Brad E. Schlossman joined Mac to discuss and predict this weekend’s UND vs St Cloud State NCHC Playoff Hockey Series.

We’ll learn a bit about his background, his time at the Herald and then get his analysis on how the teams are playing of late, how healthy both teams are and the impact that defenseman Will Borgen’s  suspension will have on SCSU.