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By Mike Peterson
Beginning in June, semi-pro football will make it’s debut inGrand Forks with the Tri City North Stars. Tri City representsGrand Forks, East Grand Forks and Crookston, from whichmany of the players come from. While many semi-pro and even professional teams have come and gone in Grand Forks (GrandForks Amerks hockey, Grand Forks Varmits baseball, to name afew), this is the first go at football.The Tri City North Stars are a member of the Midwest Pre-miere Football League, which also includes the Brainerd Lum- berjacks, North Shore Grizzlies (of Duluth), Minot Oilers, Nebraska Lawdawgs, Bismarck Wolves, Idaho Phoenix andRapidcity Raptors. The group is being led by Owner and HeadCoach, James Kern of Brainerd, who previously ran the Brain-erd squad.The team has been preparing for it’s June 21st inagural gameagainst Rapid City since January and consists of a number of  players with college, semi-pro and pro experience.Some of theSemi-pro all stars include running back/defensive back WadeSteier (3 year MPFL all-star, 2 All-American Bowl games),wide receiver Rara Jones (15 TDs in the MPFL, 2012 season),wide reciever Alex Johnson (led MPFL with 10 touchdowns in2013), offensive/defensive lineman Rhaheem White (5 year all-star, MPFL), offensive/defensive lineman Nathan Foster, who’s participated in regional NFL combines, and DJ Elliot, who’securrently on the Bemidji Axemen roster.While it is exciting that Grand Forks will finally have semi-profootball, what’s more exciting is the diversity and uniquenessthat makes up the group. Nobody is playing for money at thislevel, but rather entirely, for the love of the game. And theycome from all over - from Alaska to Florida and in between.Emerson Johnson is the team’s Defensive Coordinator and hailsfrom Miami, Florida. He’s been with the US Air Force for four-teen years. Said Johnson, “Semi pro is a chance to do what I love which iscoaching and being around positive people with one goal inmind- win. I'm presently in the United States Air force witch Ihave done for fourteen years so far. I love Grand Forks- nice positive community and a great place to raise kids. This sum-mer I'm looking forward to coaching football. With what I seenso far I  believe the team will do well a lot athletes and understanding of the game this team has that it factor which I believe will give usa lot of victory. For me if I can just continue to coach maybetake over one of the local high school as a head coach.”Quarterback Duane Aamot comes from Alaska. He’s played avariety of positions, but carried on as quarterback since junior year of high school. He played for Black Hills State, a semi-proteam in Springfield, Oregon titled the Springfield Buzzardsuntil he landed in Mayville playing for the Comets. For him,it’s a chance and another oppurtunity to play football, but alsoto build a family with a group of men that share that passionand also want to give back to the community and help younger kids. Roger Sackett, who plays offensive and defensive line, worksfull-time at LM Windpower. His dad was in the military, whichresulted in him growing up in Maine and New Mexico. Hechose to play semi-pro football not only for his passion but alsoto be part of a wonderful organization the community can comeand watch and enjoy. Him and his wife are expecting their firstchild later this year (also has a stepson, 8) and his Catholic faithis largely important.Tracy Gayden, defensive back, hails from a small communityin Mississippi and also coaches wide recievers at NCTC. Hewas the youngest of 10 children. Larry Davis, wide reciever,comes from Cheraw, South Carolina and works at Dee, Inc. inCrookston. He also has aspirations in his football career, tohopefully play indoor football or perhaps a try-out with an NFLteam.James Kern, head coach and mentioned earlier, will run the of-fense. In college, he played for Minot State Beavers and has 46coaching wins to his name, three league championships and hasevery intension to make a top-notch organization the commu-nity can get behind.The stories and the people behind them come together to weavethe Tri City North Stars. Stiff competition is expected, but it’llshape up to be a very competitive and fun summer. The homegames take place at none other than Cushman Field on Satur-day nights at 4PM. There’s still time to join the organization as a player, coach,sponsor. or assistant. The North Stars are also holding a Punt,Pass and Kick competition for kids on June 14th at the RedRiver H.S. practice fields.As a few added suprises, Minnesota Vikings legend, Chuck Foreman will be on hand to meet and greet with fans and signautographs. In recent years, he has been a big proponent of semi-pro football. He’s made the Pro Bowl five times, was NFLrookie of the year in 1973, and participated in the Super Bowlthree times. An ATV from Revolutions Power Sports will aslo be givenaway.Any questions, comments or freedback, people can reach JamesKern at 218-831-1400.
TRI CITY NORTH STARS VS RAPIDCITY RAPTORSSATURDAY, JUNE 21ST 4PM CUSHMAN FIELD
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JAKE LINDQUIST: DEFENDING THE ANIMALS
By Mike Peterson
Jake Lindquist is an individual assisting with the Circle of Friends’ expanded Foster Care program. His story is unique and certainly adds to the wonderful quilt of individuals that make our community special. He’s spent time with the Search and Rescue units In Denver, Colorado, headed the Boys and Girls Club and assisted people and animals in a variety of ways. Jake grew up in Stillwater, MN. Graduated from Mankato State in 1997 and immediately worked for the Fargo Youth Commission as an Associate Director, until moving to Colorado Springs, CO to join the Boys and Girls Club of Pikes Region. It was there he started volunteering with the SAR teams (Search and Rescue) and became a K9 handler, dogs that would use their extra ability of smell to find missing children and adults. In coming across animals as part of the SAR team, Jake said, “I saw many dogs that would have  been considered ‘throw away dogs’ being rescued form the pound or rescue organization being use as SAR K9s. It was awesome to see these dogs that could have been destroyed enjoying life and being a huge role in the local Search and Rescue.” He also seen a fellow SAR volunteer rescue a bloodhound from the local pound the day he was supposed to be put down and immediately placed the animal in training and eventually become of the leaders of the K9 pack. His experience with K9’s and animals being rescued has tought him how animals, dogs especially, can be incredibly devoted to their caretakers and also be a solid asset to the community. Hoping to be closer to family, Jake moved to Grand Forks in 2009 and was drawn towards the solid community of dog rescuers the Red River Valley currently holds. Aside from fostering his own animals, Jake assists the Circle of Friends Humane Society by helping in various ways such as evaluating and handling dogs at events such as the recent Men’s Show, where he connected a lab/border collie mix with a forever home. The foster animals that Jake takes care of at the moment is a cat named Hudson, who is also neutered. One of the objectives Jake has with him is to further socialize him with dogs and  people and the cat is currently available for adaption. Jake has also talked about what one can expect when they are adapting a foster animal. One, it’s a great way to make a difference in a homeless’ animal’s life without the “lifetime” commitment. It also keeps them out of the general shelter. “A foster family can work on behavior problems and house training, increasing the chances of that animal being adopted.” One of the scenerios that results could be what he calls a “foster fail”, in which the overseeing family decides to adoptthe animal for good, which of course is fantastic as well. It is all about pairing up the animal with the right people, sometimes that might take longer than other times to find just the right home. I myself have adapted a dog (a Jack Russell Terrior in 2009 from a animal foster home network in Fargo, titled “4 Luv of Dog Rescue.” Contributing writer to After5, Dylan Gott also obtained his dog (an Alaska Malamute/Yellow Lab) from Circle of Friends Humane Society. We care about dogs here in Grand Forks, and all animals. And Jake’s story along with his shared experiences helping others and especially dogs carries tremendous weight into making our community better, and making this community more of what it should be for everybody and every animal: home. More information on fostering an animal or adapting one from the Circle of Humane Society website (www.gfpets.org): The Circle of Friends Humane Society is expanding it’s foster care program to include pets sheltered at the facility for extended periods of time. For many years the shelter has utilized foster families to care for animals too young to be adopted or animals recovering from illness or injury. Since many animals can be at the shelter for weeks to months, it’s important their quality of life bemaintained. Pets that fail to thrive in kennel environments can then be placed into temporary or foster homes willing to provide for the pets’ needs until the pets are adopted. The Foster Care Program requires commitment and responsibility from the foster care providers. The Circle of Friends Humane Society is looking for individuals and families interested in providingfoster care to specific pets at the shelter. If you are interested in this program please contact our foster coordinator, Leslie Hagert, lesliehagert@hotmail.com.. Thank you!
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GRAND FORKS WELCOMES MAP FITNESS
Grand Forks has a new specialty gym at 5600 Gateway Dr (infront of the new Wal-Mart called MAP Fitness. MAP stands for Megan Ashley Pierce, the subject of our cover story from last December. What does MAP Fitness bring to the table? It’s theL.A. style of fitness you wouldn’t get anywhere else in town; the personal time with “MAP” she can give you every time you stepfoot in the door. Dumbells, kettleballs, plyo boxes, TRX supsen-sion-traning bands, battle ropes, power sleds, medicine balls, trac-tor tires, agility ladders, monkey bars, rowing machines,treadmills, Jacobs ladders, spin bikes and more. All of this cappedoff with a massive 25 foot projector screen with boasting music,and 80 feet of astroturf from the Alerus turf.Make no mistake, every time you leave the facility, you’ll have been given a workout like no other. But the thing that makes thisextra special is all those items mentioned above make it everysession unique and fun; you’ll hardly do the exact same thingtwice. While offering 1 on 1 or small group training, she also offersspecality classes which she’s certified in- bootcamps, spin, TRXand especially, “Insanity.” Insanity is a high-end nonstop workoutthat keeps you on your toes from start to finish and was started byformer football player Shaun T.Different workouts are tailor-made to what your fitness goals are,whether that be weight loss or sports performance. Insanity, for example, will make you surely quicker but at the same time willtake away a tremendous amount of calories each session.Visit her website www.Map-Fitness.com or on Facebook.
GRASS-FED BEEF MAY OFFERHEALTH BENEFITS
From Organicconsumers.org
Grass-fed beef is healthier than grain-fed beef, and may even behealthier than chicken, says Jo Robinson, author of the book "Pas-ture Perfect."Grass-fed beef is up to three times leaner than grain-fed beef, andcan have up to 15 fewer calories per ounce than meat from agrain-fed cow. Grass-fed meat also provides more and more bal-anced omega-3s and omega-6 fatty acids, which help guardagainst a variety of ailments.Researchers have found grass- fed beef also contains two newlydiscovered "good" fats, and more beta carotene, vitamin E andfolic acid. These health benefits decline significantly with eventhree months of grain feeding, even if the grain is organic."What's not in grass-fed beef that is in grain-fed beef is important,too," Robinson told the magazine Mother Earth News.For instance, mad cow disease has never been found in grass-fin-ished beef, and it is far less likely to contain dangerous E. coli bacteria. Grass-fed beef has "no extra hormones and no traces of antibiotics ó only cleaner and more wholesome meat than ordi-nary beef by far," she says. Feedlot cattle may eat "all kinds of  products in addition to grain, including chicken manure, chickenfeathers, newsprint, cardboard and municipal garbage waste."Expansion of the grass-fed beef market in the U.S. still faces hur-dles, due to the fact that most livestock expertise has centered ongrain fed animals for many years, and the feeding, slaughter andhandling of grass fed animals is very different. Robinson says,"Everything has to be right for it to be an excellent product, andthere isn't a school or an Extension agent to teach you the ropes."She hopes that USDA will start supporting the research and exten-sion needed to bring better quality beef to more American con-sumers.
EASY WAYS TO EAT LIKE AN ATHLETE
From FamilyFeatures.com
It is common to pair an exercise routine with a plan to cut caloriesand improve eating habits. While this good old fashioned ap- proach to getting in shape is a smart and healthy one, it's impor-tant that your new diet provides adequate nutrition to fuel your exercise.Food is your body's energy source, and giving yourself a boost of energy before your workout is a sound strategy for powering your workout. Afterward, you will have depleted a good portion of your energy reserves, so it's important to refuel post-workout, aswell.While your doctor or a nutritionist can help you determine your  body's exact needs based on your physical activity level, age and body type, you can get started keeping these tips in mind:* Create an eating plan that incorporates carbohydrates and pro-tein, as well as fat in moderation. Carbohydrates are what the body converts into glucose, which in turn, muscles use for energy.Protein slows the absorption of carbs, prolonging your body's ac-cess to the energy they provide. Your body needs moderateamounts of fat, too, which can be found in a wide range of low-fatfoods such as milk and lean meats. Aim to incorporate each of these food categories into every meal.* Timing when you eat will affect how much energy you have toexercise. A small snack before you get started may give you the power you need for a successful workout.* Before beginning a workout, start with a warm-up. Rather thanstatic stretches (holding a stretch for a period of time), which canactually have an adverse effect on your muscles, incorporate a dy-namic stretching routine with more movement to get blood flow-ing, increase muscle temperature and kick-start your nervoussystem.* While working out, and throughout the day, stay hydrated. Aimfor at least 8 glasses of water a day, and more if your workoutsare strenuous or lengthy. Also avoid caffeine, which may give youa short-term boost but actually dehydrates your body.* Within one hour of finishing your workout, refuel your muscleswith a dairy-based protein beverage. Milk contains high-quality protein and essential amino acids that can be particularly benefi-cial in building and maintaining muscle mass when combinedwith exercise. Several recent studies suggest low-fat milk after exercise can help increase lean muscle."Milk is an excellent source of natural protein," said Blake Atkin-son, director of brand management for Shamrock Farms. "For  people looking to build and tone lean muscle, a smart addition totheir post-workout nutrition is a beverage that contains calcium,vitamin D and potassium, all of which are essential nutrients natu-rally found in milk." One example is the new Rockin' Refuel Lean Recovery, a protein beverage made with 100 percent real milk has the recommended2:1 carb to protein ratio for muscle recovery. The beverage offers17 grams of high quality protein with no sugar added. Just as you need to give your car gas to make it go, your bodyneeds fuel to perform its best, especially when you're starting anew fitness program. Proper nutrition will give you the energyyou need to create new healthy, active habits to last all year long.For additional tips to help you manage nutrition along with your new fitness routine, visit www. rockinrefuel.com.
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