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  • Bronson's Kylei Ratkowski and Union City's Jesse Anderson named MHSAA Scholar Athletes

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    EAST LANSING, Mich.  – Feb. 5 – Eleven student-athletes from Michigan High School Athletic Association Class C and D member schools have been selected to receive scholarships through its Scholar-Athlete Award program.

    Farm Bureau Insurance, in its 24th year of sponsoring the award, will give a $1,000 college scholarship to 32 individuals who represent their member school in at least one sport in which the Association sponsors a postseason tournament. The first 30 scholarships are awarded proportionately by school classification and the number of student-athletes involved in those classes; also, there are two at-large honorees which can come from any classification.

    Each of the scholarship recipients will be honored at halftime ceremonies of the Class C Boys Basketball Final game March 23 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing.  Commemorative medallions will be given to other finalists in recognition of their accomplishments.

    Branch County has two of those recipients, Kylei Ratkowski and Jesse Anderson. Here’s a look at their school careers and a quote from their essay:

    Kylei Ratkowski, Bronson.  Three-time letterwinner in volleyball and basketball, serving as team captain in both sports.  Also won a letter in track and field.  Was all-conference and all-area in volleyball as a senior, and also a third-team all-state selection.  Was Homecoming Queen in 2012.  Class treasurer throughout high school and served for four years on student council, the last two years as vice president.  Active in National Honor Society, Varsity Club and 4-H; and served as an officer in all three groups.  Volunteers to instruct and officiate in youth girls volleyball and basketball and to work with a local food pantry and visit shut-ins.  Plans medical studies at the University of Notre Dame or Michigan State University.

    Essay Quote:  “Athletics is about more than winning, it is about creating winners with the right attitude.  It is about developing athletes that genuinely care about their opponents and do the right thing when put to the test.  Sportsmanship is essential to educational athletics and we as athletes and fan of athletics need to do all we can to insure sportsmanship remains a significant part of every game.”


    Jesse Anderson, Union City.   A four-year performer in both cross country and track and field.  Helped track team to last three Big Eight Conference titles, and second place finishes at MHSAA Finals.  Won all-conference honors as part of two relay teams and in two individual events.  Was most valuable on 2012 cross country team.  President of his class for three consecutive years, and vice president of National Honor Society.  Active as a volunteer with local Red Cross and March of Dimes, and a member of his church youth group and 4-H.  Served as editor of school yearbook.  Won DAR Good Citizen Award and was twice selected as school Student of the Month.  Plans medical studies at Grand Valley State University.

    Essay Quote:  “To truly know what sportsmanship is, you must be put in situations where being a good sportsman is not the easiest thing to do and making, at times, the unpopular choice to do what is right instead of what is easy.”


  • In the Mardi Gras mood

    Posted by Ken Delaney


    St Charles Borromeo Elementary teacher Chanelle Bercaw, with fellow teacher Brooke Scheidler and Principal Brenda Mesher, was certainly in the Mardi Gras mood during our interview Friday morning.

    The auction is Saturday, February 2, 2013.

  • If you're a 49'ers fan, here's your song

    Posted by Ken Delaney



    From The Niners Nation website:

    With San Francisco preparing for a fight for the Lombardi Trophy, 49ers fan Sarah Redden released her new Super Bowl-themed rap song.

    Five-year-old Sarah Redden got on the media radar this year with her 49ers theme songs. She's been one of the team's more vocal supporters this year and arguably Colin Kaepernick's biggest fan. She can be seen "Kaepernicking" in any one of her videos from her YouTube channel.

    Redden released another video this week called Kaepfornia Gold Rush. It was released after the 49ers won the NFC Championship and advanced to the big game.

    Obviously, Sarah made it Super Bowl themed:

    "Out here wearin' scarlet and gold,

    Now we already got 5 Super Bowls,

    But start preparin' for the Super Bowl party,

    Come February, we'll be holding the Lombardi"

    Thanks, Sarah, for "repping Niner Nation."



  • Your latest Frosty the Doughman clues!

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Frosty the Doughman is hiding somewhere in Branch County.  Here are the first two clues we've unveiled to help you find Frosty:

    Clue #1     1-29-13

    The search for Frosty is your next test.

    But when you look, don’t go east or west.


    Clue #2      1-31-13

    Frosty loves his snow, that’s a good bet.

    When he hangs out near water, he doesn’t like to get wet.

    If you find Frosty this time around, you'll win $50 from Southern Michigan Bank and Trust


  • Coldwater native out front in Washington Pro-Life March

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Coldwater native Nathan Ford, now in the seminary in Chicago, was featured in this past weekend's Washington Post newspaper, participating in the pro life rally to mark the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision (Nathan's on the right with the LI on his shirt).

  • Coldwater's Icefest 2013...in pictures

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Great crowds in downtown Coldwater Saturday for Icefest 2013! Check out some of the ice artwork


    and the Ice Guru himself, Randy Finch, signing autographs for fans

  • Frosty the Doughman has been found!

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Following our first two clues (the 2nd one was a big help), Joslyn Dwyer of Coldwater Thursday found Frosty the Doughman on his first excursion of 2013. Here were the clues:

    Clue #1  (1/22/13)

    It’s the snow and cold

    That Frosty loves the best.

    When searching for our favorite Doughman,

    A city map will help you in your quest.


    Clue #2  (1/24/13)

    Our Frosty clues we like to rhyme.

    But when mounting your search,

    Make sure you take your time.

    Joslyn found Frosty hiding in the pine trees in the northwest Four Corners Park in Coldwater, next to the large clock in the park. She picks up $50.00 from Southern Michigan Bank and Trust.

    Check back soon and listen on-air for clues on Frosty the Doughman's next excursion!

  • Frosty the Doughman Clue #2

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Our Frosty the Doughman is on his first excursion for the 2013 season. Here's clue #2 to help you find Frosty:

    Our Frosty clues we like to rhyme.

    But when mounting your search,

    Make sure you take your time.

    If you find Frosty this time, you'll win $50 from Southern Michigan Bank and Trust.

  • Frosty the Doughman is back!

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Our little Frosty the Doughman is back for 2013, with your chance to win cash from Southern Michigan Bank and Trust.

    Here is clue #1 on Frosty's excurison #1:

    It's the snow and cold

    That Frosty loves the best.

    When searching for our favorite Doughman

    A city map will help you in your quest.


    If you find Frosty this time you'll win $50.  Keep listening for additional clues.