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PREP BASEBALL: Royals issue statement with a sweep of the top-ranked team in Class AA

WATERTOWN – Coming into the day, the Watertown-Mayer baseball had a chance to show just how good they are. Mission accomplished.

After holding off Glencoe-Silver Lake in the first of two games, the Royals rode that momentum to a sweep of the top-ranked team in Class AA to stay perfect on the season with a 7-5 and 8-1 win over the Panthers Tuesday night.

“The first game was ugly and we survived,” Royals coach Ryan Trucke said. “I think the big thing was after surviving the first one and getting the win, we came out and played really well in the second game. It was a good day. They’ve dominated this conference for years. To win two against them is huge.”

“It feels great,” senior Albert Rundell added. “They’re a pretty good team. We knew we had to bring the energy and played pretty well today and that’s what we did. We got two wins against a top 10 ranked team.”

After being forced to hold onto the win in the first game, W-M set the tone early that there would be no letting down. Instead of being content with one win, the Royals took control of the game early and never looked back to pick up the sweep in the process.

“This group is really good about refocusing and resetting,” Trucke said. “Whether it’s an at-bat or when they’re pitching, they are really good at that. Good teams split. If you want to be great you win both. That’s all I said between games. Great teams sweep and we did.”

Game one came down to doing all the little things for the Royals. W-M turned three double plays and got out of a big jam in the sixth inning to keep their lead intact. G-SL had runners on second and third with nobody out in a one-run game, Ben Trucke was able to pick off the runner at second for the first out of the inning. A groundball to first turned into a double play for W-M as they escaped the inning without allowing a run on just two pitches.

“What made the difference was the pick-off at second base,” Trucke said. “When Ben came in and picked him off, we got a little momentum going and had some energy. Then we turned the double play to get out of that inning and rolled from there. I think that one play was huge. We always talk about the little things. You got to do the little things to win. There’s a million of them and you’re never sure which one is going to come up big in a game.”

After watching the Panthers let a scoring chance slip away in the top half of the inning, W-M responded in their half of the inning. The Royals tagged on three big insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to seal the win and hand the Panthers just their second loss of the season.

“Our coach has always preached doing the little things,” Rundell said. “If we do the little things, big things will come. If we do that, everything will fall into place.”

W-M had six different players record at least one hit in the first win of the night. That included the eighth (Connor Donovan) and ninth (Ashton Hecksel) hitters to start a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth to extend their lead to two after G-SL tied the game in the third.

“We’ve gotten contributions from all over our lineup,” Trucke said. “They’ve done a good job from one to 13. If one guy has a bad day, somebody else is picking them up. It’s huge when everybody can do a job. Those eight and nine guys have been getting pinched hit for lately. They did a good job of getting on base and staying with it. When you get hit for every time, you can just quit. They did a really good job today.”

The Royals rolled in game two to complete the sweep thanks to a gem on the mound from Rundell. He allowed just one run in six innings of work while allowing just three hits.

The win for W-M moves them to 8-0 on the season. Although the pair of wins is nice, the Royals know they have a big stretch ahead with another conference game with Rockford coming up along with a road trip north to take on two of the state’s best.

“We have 12 games in 10 days,” Trucke said. “This is the test. Rockford is always tough. Then Saturday we’re going to see two of the best teams in the state by design. We knew we were going to be a pretty good team this year so that’s a good test for us to see where we measure up.”

“10 games in 12 days (is a lot),” Rundell added. “We’re trying to come out of that 10-0. That means every game is a big game. We’re trying to win big games.”

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The inherent danger of a Constitutional Convention

By Ed Burns, Hollywood Township

Once convened, a Constitutional Convention could swiftly get out of hand.

It has the potential for becoming a runaway convention that could change the core of our Constitution. Such a convention would set its own agenda and rules, and could even decree a new method for ratification by the states just as the 1787 convention did.

All judges, legislators, presidents, and countless state and national officials swear an oath to defend the Constitution, but delegates to a national constitutional convention do not have to take this oath. This is because once the Constitutional Convention is called, it becomes its own authority and cannot be limited. It has the inherent power to be a “runaway” convention.

At the moment, the constitutional convention’s prime promoter in the Minnesota House does a very good job of describing the dire financial situation which our federal government has put out nation in.

Hence many Republican legislators feel the need to do something about this problem now! But this legislator’s approach to the problem can be compared to a jump from the frying pan into the fire in his proposing as a solution an Article V Constitutional Convention. (He calls it a “Convention of States.”)

This is a situation where the cure is worse than the disease.

In proposing so drastic a measure, this legislator doesn’t deny the possibility of a runaway convention. In the event of a runaway, he asks, “Don’t you think there would be enough common sense to block this in the state ratification process?”

Don’t be so sure about this. It would be dangerous to allow it to get that far. Some events from recent American history show why this is a dangerous assumption.

The 16th Amendment (federal income tax in 1913) and the 17th Amendment (direct election of senators in 1913) were ratified by the far less risky of the two ways provided to amend the Constitution.

The problem associated with the 17th Amendment needs to be better known. This amendment provided for the direct election of senators who heretofore had been appointed by their state legislatures. Before the 17th Amendment, state governors had a direct voice in the federal government through the Senate. After the 17th Amendment, the federal government increasingly dominated the state governments precisely because US senators were appointed no longer by state legislatures but by popular vote within each state.

The 17th Amendment turned out to be a very important step toward turning our Constitutional Republic into a democracy, something feared by the founding fathers. Democracy is a majority rule. It can be said (with tongue in cheek) that even a lynch mob is a democracy, since the only dissenting vote is at the end of a rope.

A republic is a rule of law with all of its citizens enjoying equal status beneath the law. It is difficult to change, with carefully listed limits on what government can do. It has been said that America became great not because of what the federal government did, but because of what the federal government was prevented from doing by the Constitution.

Presently, we are only six state legislatures away from voting for the calling of a Constitutional Convention. Have you ever wondered why this has not been reported in our state or national media? This should be front page news.

Doesn’t the movement to call for a Constitutional Convention after the lapse of 233 years merit attention in the media where both the pros and cons could be debated? When people are informed of the potential for disastrous change inherent in a Constitutional Convention, the majority presumably will be opposed, especially in outstate Minnesota.

Is this news media blackout an accident? If the movement to call a Constitutional Convention succeeds, a deluge of publicity will no doubt be unleashed to promote a pro-ratification decision. Considering the character of what most of our national news media is, many people can be brainwashed into making a foolish choice!

Once a Constitutional Convention is called, Article I, Section 8 kicks in where it designates Congress to make laws to decide how the delegates are to be chosen and how many votes each state will have. So it is very likely that the makeup of the convention delegates will be similar to Congress with its wide variety of political types.

The larger and more diverse the convention, the easier it is for activist groups to infiltrate and manipulate to shape the proceedings in accordance with a pre-arranged plan to change the nature of our federal government.

The promoters of a Constitutional Convention have been active since 1975 but have repeatedly failed because of the well-founded fear of a runaway convention.

Tired of losing, the national leadership switched terms. Instead of “Constitutional Convention,” they decided to re-label their effort as a project for a “Convention of States,” thus creating the impression that this not the same as a Constitutional Convention.

But if pressed, these proponents will have to admit their movement rests on the exploiting of Article V. The relevant words of Article V are “ . . . on the application of legislatures of two-thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for the proposing amendments . . .” (Note the plural words “amendments.”)

The term “Convention of States” is conveniently ambiguous, if not outrightly disingenuous.

Minnesota’s Republican proponents for a Constitutional Convention are no doubt sincere, but they are misguided in their minimizing the danger of a runaway convention. Key Republican legislators from Minnesota and other states throughout the US were apparently indoctrinated at Mount Vernon, Va., and other conferences, returning as zealous missionaries for constitutional change.

We are highly suspicious in particular of the leaders of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that finances, advises, and coordinates on a national level efforts for a Constitutional Convention. ALEC is not at all interested in the less risky first way of achieving amendment, by proposing for congressional approval a specifically worded text. Instead ALEC seeks to convoke a Constitutional Convention that can expose the entire Constitution to change.

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is a leader among many activists promoting a Constitutional Convention. Lessig and other activists want to remove some of the constitutional curbs designed to limit the power of the federal government.

They especially want the Electoral College abolished and they support publicly funded elections. The Second Amendment’s guaranteed right to own firearms especially disturbs them.

George Washington, the father of our country, angrily refused the offer of his former army officers to make him king of this new country. He then presided over the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and held it together with his prestige.

The tribute given to him in his later years was “He was first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” An admonition of his is forever valid: “Government, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

Calling an Article V Constitutional Convention would indeed be lighting a very dangerous fire. We urge our Minnesota legislators to vote against the call for a Constitutional Convention, this avoiding the unforeseen ignition of an inferno of unbridled federal power.

God bless America and long may her Constitutional Republic endure! May we be ever vigilant and worthy of a limited form of government!


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Amateur Minnesota baseball clubs face potential economic crisis


Local town baseball teams part of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Association find themselves in a peculiar predicament. Teams like the Winsted Wildcats, Howard Lake Orphans, and Watertown Red Devils. The association has decided to amend the process teams must go through to secure its funding. Without a proper solution, teams and their local governing boards may struggle to find the funds necessary to continue maintaining their parks and, in some cases, to operate at all.


Teen detained after threat at Carver County high school

Victoria, MN — Authorities say a teenager has been detained after allegedly threatening to shoot people at his Carver County high school, according to KSTP.

According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria to investigate a report of threats being made by a student at around 9:30am Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office says the incident happened Monday on school property before baseball practice and during an altercation with another student. That’s when they say the suspect — identified as a 15-year-old boy — threatened to beat another student with a baseball and cleats, and also allegedly said he had a list of people he wanted to shoot.

The suspect was then taken to the Carver County Juvenile Detention Center after he was found at his Minnetrista home.

Authorities add that some students captured the threats on video and gave them to the sheriff’s office.

No other details were immediately available.

New Germany public hearing: baseball park lights

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of New Germany will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the New Germany City Hall located at 300 Broadway Street East, New Germany, Minnesota. The purpose of the hearing is to consider overhead lighting at the Baseball Park.
All interested parties are urged to attend this hearing and give verbal or written testimony.
City Email –
City Phone – 952-353-2488
Twyla Menth, City Clerk-Treasure
City of New Germany
Published in the Herald Journal, April 29 and May 6, 2022.

Fatal crash on Highway 7 near Carver County Road 33

A 53-year-old Silver Lake man is dead and a 55-year-old Clearwater woman is injured following a crash on Highway 7, north of New Germany, in Carver County Thursday afternoon.

The crash report from the Minnesota State Patrol says the Silver Lake man was driving a Kia Telluride westbound on Hwy. 7 around 1 p.m. when his vehicle was struck by the woman driving a Ford Taurus northbound from County Road 33 to Hwy. 7.

There are stop signs posted from County Road 33 to Highway 7, while highway traffic flows freely.

The woman driving the Taurus suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the report.

The Silver Lake man’s identity has not been released.