Hook and Bullet Club

by Nick Wognum

Mary and I traveled south last weekend for two reasons. We went to Treasure Island for an ATV Minnesota meeting and then went to the Cities for a pair of high school hockey games.
The Legislative Summit is an annual event held to pitch policy and funding proposals. The Prospector ATV Club sent a couple of pitches up to bat.
The first was to change the law to allow ATVs on state highways that run through cities and towns. Ely isn’t the only place where you can’t drive your ATV on the main drag.
There are cities throughout the state where this is a problem and it’s one that can be fixed. This would help businesses located on those roads as well as people trying to get to them.
While fairly well received, the policy change wasn’t given a top rating, mainly because of the difficulty in getting it passed in St. Paul. Still, there’s hope.
Second was a request to support additional funding for the Prospector’s Connect Four projects. These connections include the Cloquet Line to the Echo Trail, the Taconite to Wolf Lake and Mud Creek roads, Tower to Pfeiffer Lake and Babbitt to Hoyt Lakes.
The group gave thumbs up to the request for $500,000 in dedicated account funds and $500,000 in bonding funds. Now comes the fun part of getting the legislation passed.
While sitting in a four hour meeting is fun, we decided going to two hockey games would be even better.
First we watched Kaitlyn Ronn and her Blaine team battled Mound Westonka. Kaitlyn’s team was behind 3-0 in the third period before battling back. Kaitlyn knocked in a goal to make it 3-2 but that was as close as they would get. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Jim and Danelle (Fynboh) Ronn and the granddaughter of Shirley Ronn of Ely.
After grabbing a bite to eat we went to watch Kaitlyn’s brother Jordan and his Champlin Park team face third ranked Andover.
This was a game where you throw out each team’s record and let em play.
Champlin Park went up 1-0 right away and the two teams battled back and forth in a fast-paced, hard-hitting high school hockey game.
Jordan assisted on two goals, including one that put his team up 4-3 in the second period. But Andover was able to grind out a 5-4 win in overtime.
Getting to watch both kids play on the same day was a blast. The atmosphere was great, from the Blaine girls recognizing their favorite teachers to the Andover and Champlin Park fans razzing each other before, during and after the game.
High school sports is something you can enjoy whether you have a kid playing or not.