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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Jim Henkes (Inducted 1987)

Jim Henkes Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, April 27, 1987.
 
      Jim Henkes combined a top-notch athletic career at Fergus Falls High School with college athletics at Bemidji State. He later became coach and athletic director at Wheaton High School.
      A 1950 Fergus High grad, Henkes lettered four times in football as a quarterback and fullback for the Otters. He was also a basketball guard and in baseball was as pitcher and catcher for four years. In high school track he ran the 440 and also participated in the shot put.
      The 6-foot, 225-pound Henkes was captain of the Otter football team in 1949 and was an all-conference choice the same year. He was MVP in baseball in 1950 and also won the Mel Olson Award in American Legion baseball in 1950.
      At Bemidji State, Henkes was an all-conference selection in football. In baseball, he was college MVP in 1954 and an all-conference choice in that sport. A 4-sport BSU letterman, he also participated in basketball and track. Henkes was named to the Bemidji State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981 and in 1983 was inducted into the Minnesota Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
      In town baseball, Henkes played for Bemidji, Red Lake Falls, Bagley, and Battle Lake.
      For 26 years he worked as a teacher and coach, at Nome, North Dakota, Battle Lake, and finally at Wheaton. He was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1969 and as Football Coach of the Year in 1969 and 1973. He was Region 6 Athletic Directors' president for 8 years and was District 21 delegate for 12 years.
      Henkes and his wife, Bette, have five children, Mary, Laurie, Ann, Karen, and Nancy. Jim is currently on medical retirement and lives in Fergus Falls.
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