Ringer Digest
August/September  2018 
A Charter of the NHPA
Official Publication of the Minnesota Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers' Association
Minnesotans at the NHPA Hall of Fame banquet

Back L-R    Jerry LaBrosse, Matt LaBrosse, Ann Hagman, Rob Hagman, Tom Prokop, Joe Mueller, Jeff Washburn, Rick Wright, Paul Olson, Josh Olson, Sharyl Olson, Mark Smith, Jenny Smith.
Front L-R    Sara Otto, Evelyn Otto, Patti Oakes, Michelle LaBrosse, Lisa Wright, Helen Hawkinson, April Lynch
 World Tournament Recap
 By Josh Olson

HELLO Everyone, I hope everyone has had a Fun and exciting summer, lots and lots of horseshoes have been flying this summer as usual with Leagues in full swing and tournaments almost every weekend. As you are reading this for some the Summer season is winding down, and for others it is only half over. I didn't get to many tournaments this year, I'm usually good for a few but with my new career choice and after finishing college last Spring I finally am doing something that I Love, and work is going well, and my weekend schedule involves work every-other weekend so my weekends off are few and far between. That's enough about me. I hope EVERYONE that participated at World this year had a fun and exciting time, I know we had a VERY GOOD showing as pitchers from Minnesota. We had 4 CLASS CHAMPIONS Crowned, congratulations !

Connie Bachman Women's J

Dale Grunzke
Elder's I1

Bob Knudtson
 Elders D2

Steve Berning
 Men's J1

We had two other trophy winners as well :
Jerry Werk took 2nd Place in Senior Men's C
Dan Belden took 3rd place in Men's I2

We can't forget the others who placed in the Money.
Patti Oakes took 6th place in Women's G
Richard Giese took 6th place as well in Elder's F1
Marvin Akkerman took 5th place in Elder's J1.
Joe Mueller took 5th place in Men's B2.
Dave Anderson took 6th place in Men's J2.

Tyler Condon 2nd place in Cadet's B.
Isaac Rasmussen Cadet's Class C Champion
Kevin Hagman 2nd place in Cadet's C.
Justice Martin  3rd in Cadet B
Brenna Hagman  Junior D

A very good showing from all of the Minnesota Pitchers, ALL the results can be seen and viewed on the  www.horseshoepitching.com website under the World Tournament Coverage Page.


 From The Secretary's Desk
By Ann Hagman; MGSHPA Secretary/Treasurer

     Starting last fall, I stepped into the position of Secretary/Treasurer for the MGSHPA. I immediately became busy with renewals and have been working with Bonnie to learn the ropes.
     A couple of reminders for clubs: please submit your rosters for renewals ASAP in June, as I need to start preparation for the State Tournament by mid July and please remember to send in $1 per club member, this is to support the junior program. Also, tournament directors should be sending me $1 per entry!
     Our State tournament is just around the corner, 8/31-9/3/18. Please verify that the events you list are posted to Natstats; except for Leagues. I will contact the club for your league percentage at the sign up deadline.
You can go here to print an entry form or complete an online entry form

I look forward to seeing people there!
     Beginning October 1st, membership cards will be available for 2019. With recent rules changes, there are now three options for new members: Trial, Provisional and Full membership. Current and returning members can sign up for renewal of full membership. An updated renewal/sign-up will be posted before Oct 1st.
Thank you,

From the President
Rick Wright

Hey Everyone
First of all, I would like to welcome back all the pitchers and congratulate all the World Tournament winners from Florence, South Carolina.  I did not pitch in the World tournament this year but my wife and I did make the drive down to see our very own Jerry LaBrosse get inducted into the NHPA Hall of Fame.  Sara Otto gave an awesome speech about Jerry and all his accomplishments and hard work he has done for both the State of MN and for the NHPA. All I kept thinking after listening to the long list of accomplishments is just how very lucky we are to have Jerry as one of our own.  Congratulations Jerry, it is a well-deserved honor!
Now that everyone is back home, it is time to think about participating in our MN State Tournament.  The deadline is August 1 st.  Just a reminder, you must have 3 sanction events to qualify.  This can consist of tournaments and or league play. I hope to see a great turnout.
We also have elections for the North and South VP and selecting a city for our 2019/2020 State Tournament, so please plan on attending the Membership meeting on Sunday, Sept 2 nd.
See you on the courts!
Memories from Florence, SC

Hope you enjoyed viewing these random shots, submitted by Sharyl Olson.  Thank you Sharyl !

South VP
Robin Constance

I just got back from another world tournament. During the first week we had four class champions Steve Berning in the open men's, Bob Knudtson and Dale Grunkze in the men`s elder divisions and Connie Bachman in a women`s open class, along with several other money winners. Congrats to all whom made the long trip and came home with some hard earned cash. Congratulations to Jerry LaBrosse for his introduction into the NHPA Hall of Fame and to Rob Hagman for receiving the 2018 NHPA Presidential Award. And thank you to Rob and Ann for their Stat service and computer hard work.
               Back to the real world, there are still plenty of tournaments to take place the rest of the season so be sure to get your entries in early. Leagues are into the second half of the season and lots of positions are still up for grabs. Don`t forget to enter the State tournament and entering online is pretty easy, I know because I did it and I am computer challenged so if I can do it you can too. Also say a prayer for Patrick Backhaus and send a donation his way to help with the costs of his extensive surgery for a new heart. Ringers galore to all.
Junior News
By April Lynch

Happy Summer! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer with family and friends and of course hope you are having fun throwing some ringers in the many tournaments this summer.

I just got back from North Carolina pitching at the Florence Center in the Women's class. I ended up placing 8th out of 16 women which isn't too shabby even ending up 10% under my average. Although I didn't place in the money or bring home a trophy, I did the best that I could! What I did bring home is the lasting memories with my Horseshoe Family and that tops any prize I could ever receive!

I was very lucky to get to Florence in time to watch the Junior and Cadets play their championship games. Wow those kids were amazing to watch and I felt their love for the sport! I saw some amazing sportsmanship and friendships on the court along with a great level of concentration. 

Minnesota had 4 Cadets and 1 Junior compete and they all did a great job!! Cadets were Tyler Condon, Justice Martin, Isaac Rasmussen and Kevin Hagman. Our Junior girl was Brenna Hagman. Although I wasn't able to be there when they played it looks like from the pictures they had a lot of fun and made some new friends. I Love to see the future of this sport enjoying competing and hanging with their friends!

Hope to see many of you at some upcoming tournaments and definitely looking forward to seeing you at the state tournament in Genola!
 April Lynch, Junior Director

Junior and Cadet Divisions of the 2018 World Tournament
North VP     
Janet Larson

Congratulations to all who did well at the World Tournament!  Due to Al's back surgery, I have not had much of a chance to get out and about to tournaments to visit with everyone.  We would like to thank everyone for the support we have received during this time.  Al is standing tall and progressing well.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the state tournament.  

From the Statsman

A few things as the STATS-MAN, TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS and LEAGUE DIRECTORS PLEASE make sure you contact Jerry LaBrosse for the Sanction number for all your Club-Only Tournament's and if you are planning on running an Open tournament. I WOULD like to see the Schedule for 2019 Get Done and submitted before Christmas 2018- I think we can make this happen EASILY. One thing that will begin to take place most likely next year is a new membership system, More Details will follow the Spring Membership meeting that always takes place on the Sunday of the State Tournament in the Afternoon following the morning shift, please plan to attend, lots of rule changes and other things will be Discussed, stay tuned for that information.

Bertha Open was a HUGE Success this year, we had a very good showing on all Classes, I did something a little different and something that hasn't been done in Minnesota I bet in many, many years and that was a ALL POINTS Tournament in ALL Classes, Class D, C, B and A all played Point games, for those of you that are unfamiliar, its basically the championship format but for a Open Tournament, All 4 classes were close enough in my opinion to run no-handicap and no shoe limit point games, except for Class D, they played 30 point games or 40 shoes which ever came first. And not to brag, but I had the Highest Paying tournament this year. $100 for 1st place in ALL 4 classes, $75 for 2nd Place in All Classes, $50 for 3rd in All Classes, and I even paid 4th Place in all classes which was $30. We raised enough money in 50/50 to pay for all the membership dues, and even had enough to purchase a Brick for the Hall of Fame in Wentzville MO, the Bertha Horseshoe Club will join many other Minnesota Bricks and Members at the HoF Brick Display which is a must see in my opinion if you haven't seen it, and the Museum is also a must see if you have never been there before, and wouldn't you know it next year Wichita Falls, Texas is straight south of Minnesota and is the Host for the 2019 World tournament, what better excuse to swing by the Hall of Fame Building in Wentzville MO when you are travelling to Wichita Falls for the World Tournament. Results from the Bertha Open and other Tournaments this Summer can be found on the Minnesota Horseshoe website.

Speaking of the Hall of Fame Building in Wentzville MO. There is a Sanction League Team tournament that is very enjoyable to participate in, it's a 3 person team format, you usually pitch 9 40-50 shoe "count-all scoring" games in the weekend, and the tournament is a LOT of Fun, Jerry Smith the NHPA 3rd VP and League Director is the Tournament Director for that Tournament, more information for that tournament can be found on the NHPA Website, or if you have any questions I can also answer some if you are interesting in going, the Dates for that tournament are October 6th and 7th.

That is all from me for now, if you are reading this before the State Tournament, GOOD Luck to all pitchers coming to Genola for the 2018 State Tournament, and I will see you on the Court!

"Please plan to attend the Awards banquet to congratulate these pitchers, and pitchers that are listed on the Top 10 Award and Tournament Attendance Award please plan to attend the Awards Banquet on Sunday September 2nd, please contact me Josh Olson to confirm you are planning on being there to accept your award, and please check with Ann Hagman if you do not already have your Banquet Tickets purchased, congrats to everyone, and we will see you at State and the Banquet "

Rockford Ringers News
By Marlys Timm
The World Tourney is over and what an exciting finish in the Championship classes. Any clubs that had pitchers entered in the World please send in a short write-up along with their stats and photos to your local newspapers.
Also now that most summer  leagues  are winding down remember to publish the final league standings along with any club photos in your local newspaper as well.  Always remember to include your contact information in the article. This  may just be all it takes to attract future club pitchers.
See you at state.

Regional Director
By Jerry LaBrosse

     The world tournament was another wonderful event, and a very special one for me. I want to thank all of the officers and directors of the NHPA for coordinating and executing another outstanding world tournament! And I also want to thank all of the MN people who attended the banquet, it was great to be together. And congratulations to Rob Hagman for receiving the NHPA Presidential award for 2018 ! 


The NHPA has kicked off a new free promotion program for clubs all around the country. If you want to promote your club and attract some new inquiries with this fence banner, send your info to me or call me with questions. 
The banner costs you nothing, all you have to do is request one !

Here is a note I received from Casey Sluys:

     By now quite a few of you have heard about the banner program the NHPA has put into effect.  It consists of a 2 foot by 4  foot banner with grommets. (see picture below)  This offer is good ONLY if we reach the quantity of 250 banners.  It will have your club name on it along with either our Charter website or Charters Facebook page whichever one you prefer?  Perhaps your local club has its own Facebook page?  We will place the individual club name on the "TOP" of the banner, on the lower portion of the sign,  above the NHPA website address, your clubs website information will go there, if the club has one, if not we will leave as is. We will shuffle things around to have both websites listed. 
All orders will be held until we reach a quantity of 250. They will then be turned over to the manufacturer and you will be notified that the banners are being printed.  Upon receiving that notice, payment will be expected. 
Shipping costs will be burdened by the NHPA.
Any Charter ordering multiple banners will have those banners sent  to the mailing address provided on the order form.  It is not possible to ship these to each individual club and the NHPA will rely on you RD's to distribute these banners.
This is a great way to advertise your club and horseshoe pitching in general, order yours today.
Thank You,
Casey Sluys

What would you like to put on your banner? State website ? Club Website? State FB page? Club FB page? How about a local telephone number, or an reliable email address? Decide before you order.
Steve Lilly
Steve Lilly Memorial
by Marlys Timm 

       The Rockford Ringers Horseshoe Club invites you to enter our 20th annual River Days tourney on Saturday August 11th at Riverside  Park . In-between shifts we will take a moment to remember Steve Lilly, 15 yr club member, who passed away last fall of cancer. Steve's family will attend.
We will have 6 person classes with first place paying $100.00 and second place paying $50.00. 
Every entrant into this tourney will also receive a $25.00 gift card from My Pillow. You can't go wrong so send in your
Entry fee of $30.00 payable to:
Joe Mueller
2057 152nd Ln NE
Ham Lake,  MN 55304.
 Joe can be reached at his cell 612-718-0921.
50/50 raffle between shifts.
There will not be any concessions as the park is full of food places at the festival and the delicious Pork Chop dinner following the tourney at the park  is always a favorite.

Also see the detailed tournament listing below

Mark's Memory Corner
By Mark Smith

Identify these players and we'll reprint in next issue. 
Send your answers to me at Jlabro6186@aol.com
Mankato Fun Days Recap
by Brian & Linda Duenow, Becky Bailey

The North Mankato Horseshoe Club held their spring meeting on April 1st at the Morison Ario VFW in Mankato , 34 players attended the meeting.
We have 97 pitchers on 13 teams in 2 divisions. This includes 23 new members, some of which are high school students.
Work night was on May 1st with 26 attending.
The City of North Mankato built a storage shed for all our equipment and added another light to the courts.
Announcements were made on Facebook and the local television station for new members.
Erwin Tischer will be running the horseshoe event for the Minnesota Senior Games that will be held at Wheeler Park in North Mankato August 16th. For more information go to web page www.mnseniorgames.com
Officers were elected as follows:
President - Ken Neidecker
Vice President - Ron Evan
Secretary - Linda Duenow
Treasurer - Brian Duenow
Publicity directors - Karrina and Cecilia Elmore
Membership - Becky Bailey
Statistician/NHPA contact - Brian Duenow
Tournament directors - Erwin and Rosie Tischer
The annual North Mankato Celebrity Tournament was held July 6th. The North Mankato officials defeated the Mankato officials 11.5 to 4.5.
The North Mankato Fun Days was held July 7 & 8 at Wheeler Park with 38 entries. Clem Gilberson from North Mankato won class A with a 5 - 0 record.
The end of the year Club Tournament will be held August 18th and our awards banquet will be held at the Eagle Club on September 17th.

Mankato Councilman Frost, Mayor Anderson, Councilman Dieken, Sr. Engineer Wiens

Mankato Mayor Dehen, Fire Dept. Capt. Sletten, Fire Chief Inman, Assistant Fire Chief Giefer

 To view the results of this tournament, click here          North Mankato Results

Coming Events
Isanti Open


Isanti, MN
$25/Adults, $5/Juniors
Shawn Warnemunde
414 11 th AVE NW
Isanti, MN 55040
Depending on Entries, 50 shoe games for 6 person classes, 
40 shoe games for 8 person classes.

              Rockford River Days
Rockford Horseshoe Club Courts
Joe Mueller
2057 152 nd Ln NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304

       Leprachaun Open

8/11- 8/12  2018 Saturday and Sunday
O'Brien's Pub
Rice, MN
$30 Adults, $5 Juniors
Ginger O'Brien
39768 Co. Road 1
Rice, MN 56367
Class A and B will play Sunday 8/12/18

66 th Northwest Open

Ramsey Courts
on White Bear Avenue, Maplewood, MN
$30 Adults, $5 Juniors
Dick Dvorak
2038 Orange Ave E.
St. Paul, MN 55119
8 Person Classes, handicap if needed, concessions, cash prizes

47th Donnelly Threshing Bee

Donnelly, MN
$30 Adults, Juniors Free
Jerry Werk
22662 120 th Street
Herman, MN 56248
Held in conjunction with Old Time Threshing Bee.
Concessions, Bingo, Bean Bags, Mixed Classes, Cash Prizes

      Minnesota State Singles

(Labor Day Weekend)
Genola Arena
$40 Adults, Juniors Free
Ann Hagman
652 Cross St.
Anoka, MN 55303
Entry Form and Sign-Up online will be available at a Later date.

State Doubles
Hibbing, MN
Ray Pierce Jr.
12029 Cory Tracts Rd
Hibbing, MN 55746

RJ Challenge
Forest Lake VFW
Rick Wright
50586 Shorewood Circle
Rush City, MN 55025

MGSHPA Executive Board       MGSHPA Directors

Rick Wright
50586 Shorewood Circle
Rush City ,Mn 55069

North Vice President
Janet Larson
22651Co Rd 82 NW.
Evansville,MN 56326

South Vice President
Robin Constance
18273 Emerald Trail
Farmington, MN 55024


Ringer Digest Editor
Jerry LaBrosse
8170 Fern Lane
Greenfield,MN 55357

Josh Olson
PO Box 353
Bertha, MN 56437

Josh Olson
PO Box 353
Bertha, MN 56437

Nominations Director 
Joe Mueller
2057 152nd Lane
Ham Lake, MN 55304

Constitution and Bylaws
Gordy Schmidt
5631 187th St. W
Farmington, MN 55024

Promotion/News Media Director
Marlys Timm
4210 Woodhill Drive
Loretto ,MN 55357

Junior Promotions Director
April Lynch
25679 Friesland Ct
Wyoming, MN 55902

Communications Director
Jerry LaBrosse
8170 Fern Lane
Greenfield, MN 55357

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