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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
January 22 2014
Congratulations and thank you Dennie Bridges
Ever once in a while a very important individual retires and that makes us think about all the wonderful things he or she were a part of and made the community a better place. This time it’s Dennie Bridges, the athletic director at Illinois Wesleyan University who for 51 years gave his heart and soul to that fine institution.
The Anchor, Ill. native was a very successful player, coach and athletic director and with the Shirk Family’s sponsorship  produced one of the finest athletic facilities, The Shirk Center, in the area. Congratulations on a fine career.

John Wayne Museum
We received the following press release that should interest all midwesterners. John Wayne grew up in Iowa and a celebration is being planned in his honor.
John Wayne Birthplace Museum Grand Opening to be May 23rd
Over the past 30 years more than one million visitors have journeyed to historic Madison County, Iowa to tour the modest four-room home where film icon John Wayne was born on May 26, 1907.  Guests have included President Ronald Reagan, movie legend Maureen O’Hara, Wayne’s widow and all of his children and fans from 50 states and 40 foreign countries.  And, as testament to the star’s enduring popularity, they keep on coming.
To provide a more meaningful visitor experience, the Birthplace organization has announced the May 23rd Grand Opening of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum, a brand-new 5,000 square ft. facility which will offer an astounding collection of memorabilia from the screen legend’s life and motion picture career.  The only museum in the world dedicated to John Wayne, it will feature the largest diversified exhibit of John Wayne artifacts in existence, including original movie posters, film wardrobe, scripts, letters, artwork and sculpture, one of his customized automobiles and, of course, a movie theater.
A birthday celebration of this magnitude requires considerable flourish and the weekend of May 23-25 will not disappoint.  Providing patriotic fanfare for the opening ceremonies will be the 100-member Iowa Military Veterans Band, in addition to rodeo queens, reduced price admission to the new museum, free John Wayne movies, food and merchandise vendors, cowboy mounted shooters and much more.
A highlight for many will be the Museum Benefit Dinner ($150 per person) headlined by country music legend and RFD-TV star Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives. Also featured will be an auction of unique and one-of-a-kind John Wayne collectibles including artwork and film wardrobe.
For further information call 877-462-1044 or visit the website at www.johnwaynebirthplace.museum/birthday

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January 15 2014
Redbirds made us proud
Wasn’t that a great game? The Redbirds gave it everything they had and came so close to ending North Dakota State’s championship  run.  We had some fans who sent us back some pictures and comments from the Redbird faithful which we will get in the paper in the next couple of weeks. We thank them for their help.
Karen McDowell of Bloomington sent us comments and pictures from many fans, including former ISU President Al Bowman, former star player Mike Rudicil of Big Rudy’s fame and also from probably the largest contingent there, the family of the Redbirds’ long snapper Chris Highland, a Central Catholic grad. His father is Dan Highland, who heads the State Farm Basketball Classic each year and McLean County Board member Paul Segobiano is his grandfather. They had about 32 tickets in all.
Karen said the North Dakota Sate fans kept asking about ISU quarterback Trey Roberson who scored a go ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a long run. The Bison were able to rally to pull it out for their fourth straight title.
Cousin Roy Gesell, a Normal native and a 1959 graduate of ISNU and his son, Glenn, and Scott Hibbs, who lives in the Frisco area were ushered into the North Dakota State parking area and had fun ribbing the Bison fans. They needed that garb since the weather was in the 30s at game time.
I think there is a good chance Coach Brock Spack and the Redbirds will be back in the title game next year!


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