Maybe somebody from Princeton shouldn't care what the Minneapolis mayor said a few days ago. But what Jacob Frey said about the visit of President Donald Trump next week did nothing but fuel the fire for those who are Trump supporters.
Mayor Frey, among other comments, said that "While there is no legal mechanism to prevent the president from visiting, his message of hatred will never be welcome in Minneapolis." And Lisa Bender, president of the Minneapolis City Council, chimed in by saying Trump's "hate is not welcome in our community, but we cannot stop the visit." She also said the she knows the visit will cause stress and fear, and that the city will do what it can to keep everyone safe.
Let me be clear before going any farther: I am not a supporter of Donald Trump, never have been, and likely never will be. But the comments by the mayor and the City Council president were so wrong.
I was surprised, and gratified, that the editorial board of the Star Tribune came out agains the comments of Frey and Bender. As the board noted in its editorial, Trump is still the sitting president, duly elected, and that the office deserves the respect of Americans. "Frey and Bender," the editorial said, "should also recognize that they represent all Minneapolis residents — not just those who support their party of preferred candidates or officeholders."
And, the editorial said, "under a national spotlight, Frey and Bender had an opportunity to rise above partisan politics and showcase Minneapolis as a welcoming community — even for those with whom they disagree. It's a shame they chose to convey a very different message."
I am certain there are many in Minneapolis, even though it's a city that can fairly be labeled as Democratic in its political leanings, who disagree with Frey and support Trump. Frey should not pretend to be the spokesman for those people. A letter writer from Cambridge, in fact, said in response to Frey's comments that she regrets she lives in a state that "appears to be going the way of the East and West Coasts instead of representing the true spirt of the heartland."
Disagree with President Trump all you want. Support impeachment if you think that's the way to go. But don't tell the world, as Frey did in his misguided comments, that you can pretend to speak for all of the city's residents. It wasn't an example of good leadership, nor were Bender's comments when she said "hate was not welcome in our community," and then made her own hateful comments.
There will be protesters next Thursday, you can be sure. And there will be those rallying in support of the president. Let's hope good sense prevails and that nothing bad comes out of the confrontations that are sure to happen. Frey, along with Bender, did nothing to help keep things civil. As city leaders they should have done better.
It's been another week of criticism of the Minnesota Vikings, especially for quarterback Kirk Cousins, the same thing that happened after the loss on the road to Green Bay. My first question would be to ask if the critics all thought Minnesota would win on the road in Green Bay and Chicago. Those who said they expected a 4-0 start weren't being realistic. Last week, before playing the Bears, my biggest fear was that the Vikings would be stubborn and try to run the ball against Chicago. And that's what happened. Dalvin Cook is a great back, as good as there is in the league. But Chicago's defense, even without some starters out with injuries, was not going to let Minnesota run the ball. Two early plays helped seal the Vikings' fate. The Minnesota defense, which hasn't been very good early in games, caused a first-quarter fumble and the Vikings recovered deep in Chicago territory. But safety Anthony Harris, on the other side of the field, was called for holding. There went a good scoring chance. And then wide receiver Stefon Diggs fumbled after a reception that might have turned into a long gain or possibly a touchdown. It was all downhill from there, including a timeout at the end of the half for having 12 men on the field, thus giving the Bears a chance for a field goal. Cousins wasn't very good but neither was the offensive line. And the Vikings stubbornly continued to try to run the ball. It was like the varsity against the freshmen . . . I had Viking season tickets for decades, finally giving them up because I didn't like indoor football. And now I'm finding it increasingly hard to watch the NFL. The games are sometimes almost unwatchable with the new pass interference challenges and the time those challenges take. Last night (Thursday) in the Rams-Seahawks game there was an obvious interception and it took forever to decide that it really was. The games have lost a lot of the fascination they once held for me . . . Four graduated seniors who were part of the PHS hockey team in 2018-19 are playing this season. They are Carter Flor, Michael Pazdernik, Matt Swanson and Cade Wyluda in junior hockey or AAA midgets, Swanson in Canada and the other three scattered around the U.S. We plan to have more information later . . . The PHS girls tennis team, with a 4-3 win over Grand Rapids here Thursday that went down to the final match on a cold and windy day, advanced to the section semifinals for the seventh straight year. The team will be an underdog against state-ranked Elk River next week. Last Saturday the Tigers beat Duluth East (missing its No. 3 singles player for that match), Grand Rapids and St. Cloud Tech in a quadrangular at Princeton.
Daily diary for the 2019 Twins
Monday, Sept. 30 — The Twins lost their final game of the season in Kansas City yesterday but won the series 2-1 and finished the season with a 101-61 record, the second most wins ever by a Twins team. Minnesota ended up with 307 home runs, one more than the Yankees, and set a major league record for a season, beating the record set by the Yankees in 2018. It was the Year of the Home Run in the majors. The Dodgers, Astros and Yankees also beat the 2018 record. And 15 teams - half of the MLB's 30 - set team records for home runs.There were 549 players who homered in the major leagues, a record. A record 38 players hit 35 or more. The Twins hit 170 homers on the road, only 137 at home. They hit 59 in August, their biggest month, and only 39 in September as some players didn't play as often.
Friday, Oct. 4 — The Twins take on the Yankees at Yankee Stadium tonight in the opening game of division playoffs. The headline today in the New York Post read: "Twinkies For Dinner." I don't know if that's how the Yankees view the series, or if they think they're really in for a battle. We've heard all week how long it has been since the Twins beat the Yankees in a playoff game, as well as how many in a row the Twins have lost to the Yankees in the postseason (10). There are a few question marks for the Twins — is Luis Arraez healthy and available, and is Max Kepler ready to play after not batting in the last 14 games, and batting in only three of the last 19? I don't think what has happened in the past will have anything to do with who wins this series. I do think it will be a difficult task to beat the Yankees. But, it's a new year and maybe things will finally go the Twins' way. I'm looking forward to the games, as well as being glad I have the MLB channel which is needed to watch the game tonight.
PRINCETON SPORTS MEMORIES
Oct. 8, 1959 - Princeton upset Elk River 25-6 in the Elk River Homecoming game as Ted Fett (87 yards, 10 carries) and Bruce Kaun (54 yards, 10 carries) each scored twice.
Oct. 8, 1964 - Joel Erickson and Myron Angstman scored as Princeton beat Mora 13-6 in the Princeton Homecoming game.
Oct. 8, 1969 - Jerry Bergeron (116 yards, 3 touchdowns) and Mark Blaske (102 yards, 2 touchdowns) led Princeton to a 44-14 Homecoming win over Mora.
Oct. 9, 1974 - Bertie Kuntz scored 18 points for the second game in a row in a 63-24 win over Mora in girls basketball.
Oct. 11, 1979 - Princeton had 301 yards rushing in a 28-22 win over St. Francis, the team's second straight victory.
Oct. 11, 1984 - The volleyball team beat Cambridge as Brenda Blomberg led with nine kills and Kim Bottema had seven ace serves.
Oct. 12, 1989 - Noel Schmidt ran for 130 yards and Jason Dierks threw for three touchdowns in a 23-0 Homecoming victory over winless Milaca.
Oct. 13, 1994 - Princeton rallied for a 2-0 deficit in sets to beat Milaca in volleyball during Homecoming week. It was the second win of the season for Princeton which got eight kills from Katie Westling.
Oct. 7, 1999 - Sauk Rapids, 0-4 to that point, beat Princeton 22-20, a fake punt failing for Princeton and the Storm getting a 25-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining. David Holmes ran for 109 yards and Dave Porttiin had a kickoff return of 80 yards for a touchdown . . .The conference champion girls tennis team beat Cambridge 7-0.
Oct. 7, 2004 - Princeton (5-0) scored with 2:15 to go in a 21-17 Homecoming win over North Branch, Alex Geithman scoring two touchdowns . . . The Red Dawgs softball team from Princeton went 3-2 in the national Class DD men's tournament in Oregon and finished the season 68-15. Brad Hatch led the team's tournament hitting with a .786 average.
Oct. 8, 2009 - The first football win of the season came in a 12-7 victory over North Branch as Nick Shodeen ran for 93 yards, scored a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Brent Miodus.
Oct. 9, 2014 - The girls soccer team beat Rogers 1-0 to tie for the Mississippi 8 Conference championship. Maggie Peterson scored the goal and Eden Betzler got the shutout . . . The girls tennis team (20-1, 9-0 in the conference for the M8 title) got the No. 1 seed for section play.
Oct. 4, 2018 - The PHS volleyball team (10-8), after a 2-4 start, was 8-4 in its next 12 matches and was 3-3 in the M8 after a win over Rogers . . . The football team (0-5) lost to 51-16 to Rocori as Adam Williams caught 4 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Dorr is the former editor of the Princeton Eagle (2 years) and Princeton Union-Eagle (31 years), and has covered sports in the Princeton area for 52 years.