Ringer Digest
July/August/September 2020
A Charter of the NHPA
Official Publication of the Minnesota Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers' Association
Charter Bulletin Board

The 2020 MGSHPA State Tournament has been cancelled. Due to the most recent CDC Covid 19 guidelines, we have decided to follow the lead of the NHPA and do everything possible to protect the safety of our members. We are happy to report that Hibbing will be the site of the 2021 MGSHPA State Tournament, details to be announced in future Digests. All annual state awards will be suspended for this year, and any reasonable adjustments to protocol will be addressed. Longevity awards will still be accrued and awarded at the 2021 annual awards banquet in Hibbing

All the best from the Officers and Directors of the MGSHPA 


Horseshoe Club Equipment for sale!
Horseshoe Friends and Family - the Fridley Horseshoe Club has disbanded due to circumstances beyond our control. As a result, we have many items that your club may be interested in, and all for FREE!!  The only hitch is that you let us know BEFORE July 15 if   you are interested and you must PICK-UP the items.
  •          10' x 20' canopy - contact Brad Heth if interested and to make arrangements to pick-up.  (You will need a pick-up truck.) (Brad's contact info: shannon1884@aol.com or phone: 763-757-9691)
All other items will need to be picked up from the home of Bonnie Holland, Blaine , MN (Bonnie's contact info: bonnieandjimbo@aol.com, home phone: 763-785-2585, cell phone: 763-439-2585.  Items available:
  •          Clip Boards with fence hangers
  •          Gas Grill  with LP tank
  •          16 Fence High Scoreboards
  •          Court water cans
  •          Plastic Chairs
  •          Plastic trash or recycling containers
  •          Rakes and other garden tools
  •          "Some" Clay
  •          Cash Boxes
We would love to see these items used by other clubs, to have the legacy of the Fridley Horseshoe Club live on.  All items are first-come, first served.
Thanks for any help you can give us in getting this out to our membership.
Cathy Ziemann

Jeff Washburn
Southern Vice President
by Jeff Washburn

Hello to all fellow MGSHPA members. My name is Jeff Washburn and I recently became the South VP. First, let me say what an honor this is to be tapped by our President Rick Wright and the officers for this position. Horseshoe pitching has been part of my life for many years, and it is one of my favorite pastimes.
I was born and raised in Duluth, attended Denfeld High School, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Minnesota and Bemidji State University. I spent my entire 40-year career working in the mining industry, travelling to many countries around the world. Currently, I am mostly retired, doing part time consulting work for a mining wear parts foundry based in Arizona, and also for NASA on their ground support requirements for the new ARTEMIS SLS program at Kennedy Space Center. What a thrill! I have been married now for over 40 years to my wife Brenda. We live in Shoreview, have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
I started pitching horseshoes in the early 1970's in Duluth under the tutelage of Hots Anderson and Jack O'Connor, so have been at this fine sport for almost 50 years now. I pitched in my first Minnesota State Tournament in 1975, in Jackson, MN. Today, due to advanced degenerative lower back disease and some neuropathy and stenosis, I can only toss a shoe so far so have been pitching from 30'. As an interesting side note, after pitching right-handed for over 20 years, I switched to left-handed in 1997.
I usually pitch in the West St. Paul and Ramsey County leagues, however this year with the virus stuff I am pitching in the Forest Lake League. I try and enter as many tournaments as possible in the summer. I am also a member of the Brevard County Horseshoe Club in Melbourne, FL, and pitch in several regional FL tournaments. I look forward to representing the South region and seeing you all on the courts when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, stay safe everyone.
From the Editor
Jerry LaBrosse

    I want to first wish all of you the best of luck in dealing with the perils we all are facing. Stay safe and healthy, and pitch some shoes if you get the chance. I would once again issue a plea to all of our members to renew your memberships as a way of supporting our state association. As you can imagine, horseshoe membership numbers across the country are suffering, and many charters are going to be in a world of financial hurt.
So please, send in your membership renewals to Ann Hagman as soon as you can, so as not to forget. And also remember, we do not issue membership cards anymore, but can be printed from the NHPA website as soon as your membership is processed.

All the best
Rick Wright

From The President

Hey Everyone,
I hope everyone is staying cool and safe during these tough and uncertain times. I would like to say that I truly understand if any of you pitchers are feeling frustrated or confused about our 2020 Pitching season. I have been approached with questions and comments whether or not we can have league play, reschedule a tournament or make plans for the State Tournament and let me tell you it has not been easy to get these answers. I support any tournament director who wants to hold a tournament and I hope they get the entries needed to have it. I have canceled the RJ Challenge due to COVID and I decided based on some interest from fellow pitchers, to reschedule RJ Challenge for Saturday, August 1st. with a deadline of July 15th. As of today, I do not have enough entries to hold a tournament but I am still taking entries.
As an Association, we are sad to announce that the 2020 Minnesota State Tournament that was being held in Hibbing MN has been canceled. We feel this is best for the safety of all our members. I hope this takes away some of the uncertainty or any pressures you may feel while socially distancing yourselves. The Hibbing Club has informed me that they are still interested in hosting the tournament in 2021 and we appreciate that very much.
In my 19 years of being the MGSHPA President, this is the hardest letter I have ever had to write. I know that we did not have much of a 2020 season, but we still need your support. If you are an active member and have not renewed your membership, please purchase your 2020 membership card to keep our association at the State and National level strong for the future. The membership dues are $38.
The board would like to thank you all for your understanding and support.
Hope to see you on the courts soon!
Michelle Foard
Promotions/News Media
By Michelle Foard

Hi All,
I know many leagues are not playing this year. My own Brooklyn Park league isn't playing. I hope to see some of you at the upcoming tournaments and at the State Tournament. This year is a tough year to promote horseshoes. I would like to put together a video or videos with different pictures from leagues and tournaments throughout the years. These videos will be posted on our social media pages. So please submit photos to my email at Lynx3921@aol.com
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Please if you have any thoughts on helping to promote horseshoes send me an email. To those of you laying low due to  this Covid.
                                                I hope to see you next year.
                                               Take care,
From the Stats Man - R/D - Webmaster
  By Josh Olson

Happy 4th of July!
As I am writing this my parents and I are traveling to Greenville , Ohio for the 60th Annual Ringer Classic Tournament. It has been a bucket list Tournament and with how everything unfolded with the World Tournament I figured it would be an ideal year to see if it would work. My dad Paul Olson and I are both participating in the tournament so that is fun and exciting, it will be our first Tournament of the summer and it's going to be a hot one that's for sure. I will post an article in the next digest with a recap of the Tournament so stay tuned for that!
I hope everyone has had or is starting to get out to do some pitching whether that is league play or just out in the backyard. The weather has been awesome that is for sure.
I would like to encourage everyone that feels comfortable and safe to come out and pitch in some of the up-coming Tournaments that are on the Schedule. Santiago , RJ Challenge, Josh Olson Classic and don't forget to sign up for the State Tournament in Hibbing
That's all for now from me, stay safe and I hope to see you all on the Courts very soon!
                 Obituary -  Susan Kay Edenloff

Edenloff, Susan Kay (Larson) passed away May 31, 2020, 13 days short of her 74th birthday on June 13 at the Fairview- University Hospital in Minneapolis, MN from the Covid-19 virus. She was a resident of the New Brighton-Avilla Health and Rehab Center in New Brighton, MN. Susan was bom on June 13, 1946 in Bertha, Minnesota, the daughter of Oliver and Nina (Grow) Larson. She graduated from Bertha-Hewitt High School in 1964 and then attended and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business (Secretarial Science) and the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She worked for some years at Honeywell in Minnesota. On December 1, 1968 in Osakis, MN, Susan married the love of her life, her late husband, David A. Edenloff. Susan and David resided in Circle Pines, Minnesota during the majority of their married life. Susan and David were proud parents of their son, Dennis and daughter, Sarina. They also were very proud of their granddaughter, Summer Schwintek and grandson, Cullin Schwintek. Susan enjoyed reading novels and doing art work. She won an art contest while in high school. She especially enjoyed attending family and holiday gatherings. Many will remember Susan for her fond love and ownership of her house feline cats. She was a member of the Circle Pines Lino Lakes Lionettes. She enjoyed studying Native American History. Susan is survived by her children Dennis and Sarina Edenloff of Circle Pines, MN and her grandchildren Summer and Cullin Schwintek of Wyoming, MN. In addition, she is survived by two brothers and one sister, Richard Larson and (Elsie) of Maine: Robert Larson and (Mary Cypher) of Arizona along with Robert's daughter, Jennifer and family of Missouri: Beverly (Larson) Prather of Fergus Fall, MN and son Dan Prather of Dilworth, MN. Susan was preceded in death by her husband David Edenloff and her parents Oliver and Nina (Grow) Larson of Bertha, MN. Funeral services and interment will be held at the Sauk Valley Lutheran Church in rural Osakis, MN on Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. Memorials may be sent to either the New Brighton-Avilla Care Ctr. 825 1" Ave NW, New Brighton, MN 55112 or the Sauk Valley Lutheran Church in rural Osakis, MN 56360.  Washburn-McReavy.com New Brighton Chapel 651-636-9821

Tournament Info



Hello Everyone

I hope everyone is staying safe and all is well. I would like to give everyone a little update on the current Tournament Schedule we have for the upcoming months this Summer.

Santiago Open  will be on Saturday July 18th, Brian Wipper will be running starting that back up. Please see the website for more details regarding that.

RJ Challenge  is being rescheduled to Saturday August 1st. Rick Wright will be running that in Forest Lake.

Another Tournament recently added for August on Saturday the 22nd, is the  Josh Olson Classic . That will be held in Bertha in the Bertha Lion's Building. 

More information can be found on the MGSHPA Website.

If you are looking to pitch some shoes this summer here are a few different options! 

*Please note that the safety of you pitchers and everyone else involved in running these Tournaments is our #1 priority, so please use common sense when it comes to deciding on playing in these tournaments. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have anyone close to you that you might be high risk, please stay home. *

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