Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.
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The number of high school officials is dropping in Minnesota, while the number in North Dakota is increasing.
Former Bemidji State and Wadena-Deer Creek football standout Jake Krause always liked watching former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward when he was growing up. Krause's dad was the reason he got into football and was a Steelers fan, so naturally he gravitated to Pittsburgh. Krause loved watching Ward not because of his statistics over 14 seasons with the Steelers or his two Super Bowls. He loved watching Ward because he would come up smiling after getting hit the hardest.
Frazee, Minn. Missy Carlson had just put her sons to bed on a summer day in 2001. Josh was a week away from turning 6 years old and Tanner was 1½ —a few months from putting on his first wrestling singlet. She went out to the garage of their Frazee home to talk with her husband, as she often did at the end of their day.
Last summer, current Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger was in a grocery story in Henning, Minn. Joerger, who grew up in Staples, Minn., and played basketball at Concordia and Minnesota State Moorhead, was visiting his dad, who lives in Henning.
On Thursday afternoon, April 13, players on the Ottertail Central football and Henning basketball teams met in the weight room at Henning High School. The sign-in sheet had sophomore Jacob Quam's name all over it. Like most weeks, he had been in the weight room every day. His name was not there Thursday.