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Spring athletes get some spring
After getting spoiled for exactly one spring, in 2012, that actually arrived on time, normalcy has returned for our local Pirate and Golden Eagle spring athletic teams. In other words, they’re getting the shaft. At least the Golden Eagle baseball and softball teams have had the pleasure of traveling to warmer climates to play games. Even though victories have been rare, at least they’re playing. For the Pirate baseball, softball, tennis and golf teams, though, spring’s super-slow arrival has to be frustrating and even a bit depressing. So far, it’s been a bunch of practices on the turf at Crookston Sports Center, running and putting in the halls of the high school…and that’s about it. At least some Pirate golfers get to venture to the Sports Bubble in Fargo on Tuesday. That’s something, but not much. We need some heat!

Check out the Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo
If you’re looking for a family-friendly, multi-cultural event that will be fun, inspirational and educational, too, Friday’s Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo at the University of Minnesota Crookston is just the ticket. The event is also doubling as a Month of the Young Child activity. A lot of hard work goes into making the annual event as special as it is, so if you’re looking for something to spice up your Friday evening, this one is it. The event takes place in Sargeant Student Center and Bede Ballroom. Children’s activities kick off at 3:30 p.m. and continue until 6:30 p.m. All kinds of other fiesta events start in Kiehle Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Twins keep up the good work
After approaching 100 losses in each of the last two seasons, the Minnesota Twins are on pace to win 108 games this season. The odds are good that the Twins won't get close to that number but the team's 4-2 start against two of the top teams in the American League, Detroit and Baltimore, is promising. For now, general manager Terry Ryan looks like a genius in the way he dismantled and rebuilt the starting rotation. Also, centerfielder Aaron Hicks has shown brief glimpses of his potential but he'll need to show he can produce when he faces lesser pitchers. Moreover, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau need to take some tips from Josh Willingham and find their power stroke. All in all, though, good start for the boys.

At least THINK about your summer garden
Good luck, garden growers! Sunshine and flowers are just around the corner.    Believe it or not, spring will actually arrive one of these days. It is time to start thinking of how to brighten up your world with garden plants and flowers. Nothing is  sadder than a neglected flower bed filled with fall leaves or the crumbled brown remnants of last year's potted geraniums. With new varieties of vegetables and flowers available every year, take some time to check out the Internet to see what's "hot" in the world of gardening. Maybe this is the year to try something entirely new. A suggestion from a seasoned gardener is to "have a plan in place before you hit your local garden center. It is far too easy to buy too many plants to fill a space just because they are colorful and catch your eye."

Add a little culture to your life
Have you ever found yourself wondering what to do for a quick, fun weekend? Is there not a good movie out in theaters when you're in the mood to see one? Well, there is a simple solution. Why not see a live theatrical event? It seems like society today is steering away from the arts. Yet you often hear people complain there's nothing to do. But there are. Take a weekend trip to the Twin Cities. There are tons of live theatre productions going on in the metropolitan area. There's the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, where there are 3 separate stages, with the main stage producing a major show. There's also the Guthrie or the Ordway. But there's not just scripted theatre. There are improv shows that rely solely on audience participation, such as Comedy Sportz in Uptown Minneapolis. If you don't want to go that far for entertainment, stay regional. The Chester Fritz in Grand Forks is always putting on live events. The Frostfire Theatre in Walhalla puts on a show each summer. Come on, people, stay cultured. The money spent is worth it. - Amanda Wagner, Times intern