NEW ULM - The Black Wood Blizzard Tour and Terry Steinbach will be in Searles on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 7-9:30 p.m. as a fundraiser for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
"This will be the first year that this fundraiser has been in southern Minnesota," said Steve Farasyn, owner of Searles Bar and Grill. "We will be selling 250 tickets for this raffle with the winner getting to ride with Terry and Ron Gardenhire. For non-snowmobilers, we have a cash prize of $1,000."
The winner will ride in the Black Woods Blizzard Tour with Steinbach on a three-day run that begins Wednesday, Jan. 30 in Proctor before returning to Proctor Feb. 2.
Right now, they have sold 92 percent (184 of 200 riders) of the tickets for this at a cost of $20 per ticket. The remaining tickets - if any - will be sold at Searles that night.
They will also be selling raffle tickets at $10 for a Ranger.
The ALS Fundraiser is more than just another charity for Steinbach.
"Lloyd (Steinbach's father) passed away in 1999 from it," Steinbach said. "And after that, the Twins came to me and wondered if I would be interested in helping with the fundraiser. This is my 14th year that I have done this."
He said that over the years he has met families who have had family members who have had this disease.
"We are excited that our snowmobile ride sells out every year," he said. "We have about 70 percent of the riders return because most of the riders have some connection with ALS."
Steinbach said that this year "we have a chance of breaking the $1 million mark."
Farasyn said that the drawing for the prizes will take place that night at about 9 p.m., with Steinbach there between 6-7 p.m.
Mankato Harley Davidson is donating prizes for random drawings.
For more information, call Farasyn Construction at 233-2978 or Searles Bar and Grill at 359-7699. You can also check out the website at www.blackwoodsblizzardtour.com.
Legion baseball realigns
There will be a new look for American Legion baseball in Minnesota for this coming season.
Minnesota has always had 11 districts, but that will change for the 2013 season. Legion baseball will now have 15 sub-state tournaments that will replace the 11 district set-up.
The champion of each sub-state tournament and the host team will advance to the State Legion Tournament.
"With the new play-off system it will be a winner-take-all," said Mike Perry of Minnesota American Legion Baseball. He said that the state tournament will begin July 25 and end on Sunday, July 29.
Perry said that the reason for the realignment was inequality between districts.
"One district had 39 teams, while another had four," he said. "With the new system, each sub-state will have between 9-10 teams."
The realignment for the Second District here will see all of the same teams with the addition of both St. Peter and New Prague and a second Mankato team.
In addition, St. Peter will be joining the South Central Legion League.
The first Sub-State No. 2 Tournament will be held here in New Ulm.
Those interested in coaching Legion baseball here in New Ulm are asked to contact Post 132 by mail or call Craig Larson.