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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Oats LeGrand - A Legend Passes Away

Odis “Oats” LeGrand is dead.  The man who delighted radio listeners with over 4,000 broadcasts of local sporting events throughout the Lakes Area for over 45 years passed away at noon on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 in Valley City, North Dakota.  His distinctive voice and unique style on the radio became legendary, so much so that Sports Illustrated recognized him as the “Voice of Small Town America” in 1985.

 

LeGrand received many honors over the years.  Among them, induction into the Minnesota Coaches Hall of Fame (1974), Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame (1986, charter member) and the District 544 Hall of Fame (2003, distinguished service category).  He was twice named Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year.

 

LeGrand was hired in 1951 as an elementary physical education instructor and later taught at the junior high school.  He was also a coach at Fergus Falls High School and Fergus Falls Community College.  Oats coached the 1960 VFW baseball team to a state championship and once coached the Fergus Falls High School wrestling team to an undefeated season.

 

He served as Fergus Falls Recreation Director during the summers and was instrumental in organizing several tournaments including the Governor’s Track Meet.

 

Oats would have turned 96 years old on Sunday, September 2.  He is survived by his wife Eunice and their son Steve, two granddaughters and several great grandchildren.

 

Steve has informed us that funeral services will be held on Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 913 Riverview Drive in Valley City, North Dakota.  The time of the service is 11:00am.  Interment will be in the Nidaros Luthern Church Cemetary in Vining at four o'clock Saturday afternoon.  People who wish to send a card to Eunice and Steve can do so by sending it to Steve LeGrand, 1224 Central Avenue North, Valley City, North Dakota, 58072.

 

I had the privilege of working alongside Oats, learning from him, enjoying his company and observing the joy his work gave him.  He had a passion for what he did whether it was teaching, coaching or broadcasting.  He was also my uncle and was very instrumental in my coming to Fergus Falls.  When my wife and I returned to Minnesota after spending six years out of state we went on a job search.  One of my first stops was to see Uncle Oats and Aunt Eunice on East Battle Lake.  Since Oats was in the business I thought he might have some information on what jobs were out there.  He said, “Fergus Falls”.  It was 1981 and Oats was about to turn 65 and retire from the daily duties he had on the radio.  He still wanted to do games and did so for another 17 years, but his retirement created an opportunity.  So, on his advice, I went and paid a visit to Bud Nornes who was the Operations Manager of KBRF at the time.  Thankfully, Bud hired me.  Thanks, Oats for encouraging me to investigate Fergus Falls as a possible place of employment.  Thanks for your support in my career and for all the great things you did for kids through your many different roles in this community and the surrounding area.  You were truly a one of a kind.

 

For some great information on Oats LeGrand visit these articles online.

 

http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/31_rehab_oats/

 

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1120127/index.htm

 

http://www.craigolsonsports.com/newsarticle.php?yid=0405&nid=5914&print=yes

 

Google Oats LeGrand for more.

Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, August 24, 2012
Nelson Takes AD Job in Pelican Rapids, Bruggeman to Succeed Strand

Derrick Nelson has made a move from Underwood to Pelican Rapids.  Nelson has been the Activities Director in Underwood since 2007 and served as Head Boys Basketball Coach for the Rockets from 1999-2007.  He has accepted the position of Activities Director at Pelican Rapids High School, replacing Brian Korf who is the Pelican Rapids Principal and Girls Basketball Coach.

 

“I am very excited with this opportunity at Pelican Rapids High School,” said Nelson.  “Pelican Rapids has a long history of excellence that we will work hard to continue.”

 

Nelson, a 1990 Battle Lake High School graduate, played community college basketball for Dave Retzlaff, graduating from Fergus Falls Community College in 1992.  He continued his education at Mayville State University, graduating in 1995.  Nelson received his Masters degree from Moorhead State in Educational Leadership in 2006. 

 

Nelson also announced that Doug Bruggeman, who served as assistant boys basketball coach under Brad Strand for the past five seasons, will replace Strand as Head Coach.  Strand took a job in the Fergus Falls School District which included the position of Head Boys Basketball Coach earlier this summer.  Bruggeman also served as Pelican Rapids Head Girls Basketball Coach for several years.  

 

“I'm really excited for the opportunity to step in and perform the duties of head coach here in Pelican Rapids,” said Bruggeman. “We lost an outstanding coach in Brad Strand and Fergus Falls is fortunate to be getting his skills not only as a coach but also as a teacher/administrator.   I am very thankful that Coach Strand allowed me to be part of his staff over the last five years.  I loved coaching with Brad and learned a great deal from him.”

Bruggeman takes a lot of pride in being a part of the Pelican Rapids program, “One of the reasons I pursued this position is my desire to keep continuity in the program.  Basketball is an important source of community pride in Pelican Rapids and I want to make sure the athletes of the future get the same opportunities to carry on the tradition of Viking basketball that my sons Casey and Ryan have enjoyed.  Also at play in my decision making was the fact that my youngest son Ryan is still a junior.  I already have been so fortunate to be able to coach my boys over the past five years as an assistant, so having the opportunity to be the head coach for Ryan is really a bonus in my mind.  More important to me is that I have developed really good connections to Ryan's teammates over the years.  I want them to be able to be the best that they can be and I believe I can provide the environment for that to occur.  One of the reasons I feel confident about my new role in the program is that I know that I will have one of the best assistant coaches in the state at my side.  Blaine Ristvedt has been a major part of the success that the program has experienced recently and I will count on him to continue to infuse a lot of passion into our teams as he works more as a co-head coach than an assistant.”

 

Quality people like Nelson and Bruggeman will only help sustain the success of what already is a tremendously successful high school athletic program.    

Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Campion in the Mix for Starting Right Tackle Spot
According to a published story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Fergus Falls High School graduate Josh Campion is the projected starter at right tackle for the University of Minnesota football team.  Campion (6-5, 310), a redshirt freshman who missed last season because of a concussion is healthy this fall. 
 
The starting position opened up with the decision by sophomore Jimmy Gjere to give up football.  Gjere, a 2010 recruit from Irondale High School, suffered a concussion last season which turned out to be a career ending injury.  Redshirt freshman Foster Bush from Wisconsin is also in competition for the job, although Campion has been getting the majority of reps with the first team offense.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
13th Annual Lee Franklin Golf Tournament Set for September 8
The thirteenth annual Lee Franklin Maroon and Gold Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, September 8 at 1:00pm at the Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.  The event is a 1:00pm shotgun start and is a fundraiser for the Lee Franklin Memorial Scholarship  and the Fergus Falls boys high school hockey team.
 
The entry fee is $60 for adults and $50 for students 18 and under.  Four and five person teams are invited to participate.  Prizes will be available for the most creative team name, the best dressed team, door prizes and hole prizes along with on course games and skins games.  Silent auction items will be available for bid also.
 
Dinner will be served by Putters Restaurant.
 
For registration information contact Mary Ann Colling at mcolling@prtel.com or call Pebble Lake Golf Course at 218-736-7404.
Posted By Craig Olson
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