Cheers to Mike Geffre's well-deserved honor, jeers to push for more mining in Minnesota's BWCA.

Cheers to Mike Geffre’s well-deserved honor
    This week, the Minnesota State High School Tennis Coaches Association (MSHSTCA) announced their plan to induct Crookston tennis coach Mike Geffre into their Hall of Fame. When looking at Geffre’s accolades, the decision becomes a no-brainer.


    Geffre, or as his players call him, ‘Geff’, began coaching boys’ tennis at Crookston in 1986 and three years later, took on the girls’ tennis team as well. In his tenure, Geffre coached the boys to the state tournament 13 times and reached the highest level nine times with the girls. He also oversaw three state champions: two boys doubles and one girls doubles. Those accomplishments do not even include his personal awards such as two-time Coach of the Year and Crookston E Award for Coaching Excellence.


    What Geffre has done at Crookston is nothing short of incredible. To emphasize the achievements, Geffre’s roster is ever-changing. As it goes in high school sports, no roster for a single year is the same as another. The perennial winning culture he created among his teams is a testament to his ability as a coach.


    This season, Geffre coaches a young girls’ tennis team and while some may use the youth as an excuse to underperform, Geffre despises such a concept. Not everyone possesses the ability to coach teenagers and coach them successfully. Geffre is one of the best to do it.
– Nolan Beilstein, sports editor

Jeers to the push for more mining in the Boundary Waters
    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) is the most visited wilderness area in America’s. It contains 1.1 million acres of pristine water and unspoiled woodlands. Not only does the Boundary Waters contain the Superior National Forest, it contains 20 percent of the entire National Forest System’s fresh water.  Mining for Sulfide-ore copper is an imminent threat within the Boundary Waters Wilderness watershed.  Industrial mines have been proposed on the edge of the wilderness. The heart of the Boundary waters will be directly targeted by the pollution from these mines.  At least 500 years of continuous damage and pollution is to come from just one mine if this project was to be carried out. This is more than just one mine, it’s the first step toward a city of mines, rail lines, mills, roads, and toxic tailing tiles at the edge of the boundary waters.


    The Trump administration renewed the two expired mining leases to the BWCA Wilderness, this means that all of the predicted damage will soon be turned into reality. This project could cause serious and irreplaceable harm to an area that ranks as the only large lake wilderness in the National Wilderness Preservation System.


    Visit www.savetheboundarywaters.org for more information on this project. Petitions are still available to be signed in protest and donations are being accepted to assist the fight against Sulfide-ore Copper mining.
– Anna Huck, student writer