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The Veterans against the Gunslingers

I was considering many different topics these week for this column. Unfortunately, everything locally seems pretty bleak. The Vikings didn’t make the playoffs. The Wild recently lost to two of the worst teams in the NHL. The Timberwolves let Butler get his revenge in a 149-107 shellacking, which is more points given up than some All-Star games.

I thought about the upcoming weekend and decided to look at the NFL playoffs, since there are a couple of very intriguing match-ups that are going to take place Sunday afternoon.

Both games feature a veteran Hall of Fame QB squaring off with up-and-coming potential stars of the future. In the NFC, we have 40 year old Drew Brees of the Saints on one side of the field with 24 year old 3rd year QB in Jared Goff of the Rams on the other.

The Saints come into the game after a 13-3 season and a squeaky win against the Eagles last week. Boasting the 3rd highest scoring offense and a top half defense, a balanced effort makes the New Orleans tough to beat – it seems like they bounced back from the Minneapolis Miracle reasonably well.

On the other side are the Rams who use the 2nd best offense in the league to outscore teams. Their defense isn’t as great statistically, but they have the players that can perform on an individual game basis.

In the AFC, it is a similar story at the QB position. On one end, we have truly the greatest quarterback of all time in Tom Brady, who at 41 years old looked quite spry as the Patriots dominated the Chargers last week. The Chiefs bring to the table an MVP candidate in 2nd year gunslinger Patrick Mahomes.

The Patriots had a down year, as far as the Patriots are concerned. Finishing with only 11 wins, it seemed New England kind of took on the Golden State Warriors strategy. Get through the regular season without getting hurt or showing too much strategy and turn it on in the playoffs. I’d say their 41-28 trouncing of the Chargers more than proved that theory correct.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs found themselves the Steph Curry of football in Patrick Mahomes. Throwing for almost 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns led to 35 points per game and 12 wins. The Chiefs are surely looking to outscore everyone on their way to a Super Bowl.

When looking at both of these games, it really boils down to one x-factor in my mind. Do you want experience or youth at the quarterback position in a big game? In those pressure moments, when every single throw counts, who do you want leading your team down the field?

Goff and Mahomes have not been in a moment this big before while Brees and Brady have been there so many times that it is tough to count. Goff and Mahomes will have their moment eventually, but I’d like to see two of the greatest ever to play the game in one final duel and that is exactly what’s going to happen.

Howard Lake City Council to consider 2019-2028 capital financial plan

HOWARD LAKE, MN – The Howard Lake City Council will consider approval of a 2019-2028 capital financial plan during its Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at city hall.

Other items on the agenda include consideration of a city council strategic plan, a letter of understanding for development of the Villas of Howard Lake, and an inter-fund loan agreement related to the Munson Lakes redevelopment project.

A council work session will follow the regular meeting.

Winsted to present community service awards Jan. 15

WINSTED, MN – Winsted City Council will present its annual community service awards during the Tuesday, Jan. 15 council meeting. The council will also present an exceptional service award to Police Chief Justin Heldt.

Other items on the agenda include reinstatement of the city’s new home construction program, an update on council priorities from the fourth quarter of 2018, an organization update from Holy Trinity School, and a review of the city’s website policy.

The council workshop will begin at 5 p.m., and the regular city council meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

LP School Board to approve 2019-2020 calendar

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The Lester Prairie School Board will conduct its annual reorganizational meeting at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. This will include oaths of office. annual designations, and election of officers.

The regular board meeting will follow the reorganizational meeting. Items on the agenda include approval of the 2019-2020 school calendar and a presentation regarding the senior class trip.

The meeting will take place in the school media center.

Mayer City Council to consider text amendment regarding parking pads

MAYER, MN – Mayer City Council will consider a text amendment to the city ordinance regarding parking pad requirements during its Jan. 14 meeting.

Other items on the agenda include presentation of a retirement plaque to Andrew Herd for his service on the fire department, consideration of the 2019 fee schedule, and sign variance request.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Lil Kickers soccer has landed in Delano

Lil Kickers MN has announced a partnership with Wright County Soccer Club to run the Lil Kickers Child Development Soccer Program at the Edge in Delano.

The program starts with 18-month olds and runs up to 5-year olds. It focuses on games incorporating movement, communication, and all around fun.

For more information go to www.lilkickersmn.com.