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“Thankfully my family lets me do that because that’s part of the schedule with three young boys,” he said. “I have to thank everyone at LSC, too, because if I have to be out, somebody has to cover for me.”
WCCO viewers name Houdek the Best High School Announcer
Channel-4 WCCO was on hand at the Thunder football game against Staples-Motley on Sept. 15. Many were left wondering what brought a television crew to town. As it happens, they were there for the local radio broadcaster.
WCCO holds a weekly “Best of MN” segment, and their recent one, which aired last Thursday, was for the “Best H.S. Game Announcer,” a vote that Houdek won. He found out he was in the final two for voting a week before.
“I was pretty excited,” he said, when he found out he had won the Wednesday before the game. “I thought I had a good chance at it. It’s the community that got behind the effort, and I appreciate and thank them.”
In addition to doing an interview before the game with WCCO news host Frank Vascellaro, Houdek even had him put a headset on to do color commentary for the first quarter before the host had to race back to the Twin Cities for the 10 p.m. news.
“The highlight for me was having Frank there do the color,” Houdek said. “I’m not used to having a color guy so sometimes I don’t give them a chance when I’m talking, but he took right off. The second time he started talking, I stepped back and thought, ‘wow, he’s smooth.’ That added some extra nerves for me.”
While Houdek may have had some nerves with a TV guy in the booth, that news host couldn’t help but be impressed by his partner as well.
“Boy you sure do a nice job being the eyes and ears of everybody. It’s a tough thing to do to paint a picture and keep it going, analyze it, know the numbers, know the stats. These guys were right about you, you’re on your game,” said Vascellaro on the radio broadcast. “This is fun to watch. You’re a real thrill, Kevin.”
That experience will be one to remember, and Houdek knows and acknowledges the people responsible for helping make it happen and getting him this honor.
“It was incredible, their efforts, and a big thank you to everyone,” he said. “It was awesome the way our whole central Minnesota community got behind it and got me this recognition.”
The television segment featuring Houdek can be found at: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/09/21/best-hs-announcer/
No plans of going anywhere
While his kids are entering junior high and his schedule becomes busier, Houdek doesn’t plan on hanging it up anytime soon. He even had a special treat last year when broadcasting one of the LPGE/BEV wrestling matches when he was able to call his son’s match.
“I got to do that last year for the first time,” he said. “With the junior varsity matches, I called one of Shawn’s matches. That was pretty cool.”
The community vote speaks for itself, and schools are happy to have Houdek around calling their games.
“He’s been a really positive person for our school and our coaches really respect him,” noted LPGE Activities Director Dan Zetah. “You really do hear nothing but positives coming from the community. All positive and respect for Kevin for what he’s done for our school and the surrounding schools.”
Jonathan Young has been around Houdek for awhile now. First as a player on those state basketball programs, including as a sophomore in the 1998-99 season, and as the head football coach and now head girls basketball coach at LPGE.
“Everybody recognized his voice and he’s always provided a good experience for those who couldn’t make it to the game and that’s what I think has been cool about what he’s done,” Young said. “He understands that his job is to broadcast the game, but you know there’s always that element that he’s passionate about LPGE or LP sports. You almost get a sense that you’re at the game when you listen to him, whatever the sport may be.”
With Houdek’s kids wrestling in the winter, he gets some help from others to fill in at some games so he can go to his kids’ matches, but he doesn’t plan on hanging up the microphone anytime soon.
“It’s really not that hard of a job and you get into a game without having to pay admission and get the opportunity to do things many people don’t get to do,” he joked. “If your voice holds out, you can do it. I would think I would continue it as long as I can.”
“I think we’ve been really fortunate to have him do what he’s done for as long as he’s done it,” Young added. “And hopefully he keeps doing it for quite a bit longer.”
Listeners probably hope he has another 30 years in him.
Houdek’s games can be heard live on either 1400 AM or 99.7 FM, and online at www.msbnsports.net.
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History of Long Prairie
Chamber Director: Luan Thomas-Brunkhorst
Chamber Office Hours:
Please contact me at (320) 732-2514.
I am in and out of the office a lot, so please call before coming or take your chances.
Location: @ the LP Library 42 3rd Street North
Thought for the Day
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ― Henry David Thoreau.
Upcoming Chamber & Community Events
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Rainbow Rider- FREE rides within the City limits
CentraCare Health-Long Prairie now offers free rides to the clinic, hospital, nursing home from your Long Prairie home within the city limits.
***Call the Rainbow Rider at 1-800-450-7770 to schedule a ride. It’s best to schedule your ride two days before your visit.
Rainbow Rider Ride to Sauk Centre- EVERY THURSDAY
$10.00 round trip
Departure 10:30am from Long Prairie
Arrival 1:30pm back in Long Prairie
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Senior Center - OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY 10 TO 3pm
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Rotary Roses- FOR SALE!
Order your roses NOW!
Delivery days: October 26 (8am-5pm) & October 27 (8am-12pm)
Cost: $17.00 picked up at Custer Floral & $20.00 delivered- delivery within 1 mile of Long Prairie
Pre-purchase at Central MN Credit Union, Clark Law Office, Long Prairie Rotary members and on-line at: www.longprairierotary.org
Pumpkin Carving @ Thunder
Sat, October 28, 12pm – 3pm
Thunder Lodge Sports Bar
2nd Annual Hands of Hope Pumpkin Carving Lunch provided, prizes for the kids $5.00 donation per pumpkin
Just For Kix Halloween Show
Friday, October 27th
@ 6:45pm @ LPGE Elementary Big Gym.
Halloween Costume Contest- at Thunder Lodge
Friday, Oct 27th
DJ Bubba 8:30-12:30
Country Store @ Trinity Lutheran
October 28 9am-1pm
Card shop, cookie sale, quilts etc
Morning coffee and Lunch
Fall Concert - Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra
- Traveling Through the Centuries to Austria, Australia and America
October 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
LPGE secondary school auditorium
www.thelpco.org & Facebook
See poster below
Halloween Trick or Treat Downtown/HWY 71
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Trunk or Treat
@ the First Baptist Church
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Coffee in Clotho
Friday, November 3, 2017 from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m
The first Friday of every month you can enjoy Coffee in Clotho at the United Methodist Church
Peace United Church Bazaar & More
November 4, 9-1pm
@ Peace United Church in Long Prairie
**PRE-ORDER and PAY (CASH ONLY) any day prior to the Wednesday before the distribution date- Monday, November 6, 2017
Pre-order at the following Long Prairie date & locations:
- November 1, 2017
- Trinity Lutheran Church– 610 2nd Ave SE
(8:30-3:00pm Mondays-Thursdays; 8:30am-12:00pm Fridays)
- Hats Off Coffee 416 Central Ave, Long Prairie, MN 56347
(6:30AM–5PM Monday-Friday , Saturday7AM–1PM) Sunday Closed
Fare For All is non-profit and community sponsored.
The more people who participate, the more savings are
passed on to customers.
THE SHOE BUS IS COMING TO OUR TOWN!
DATE/TIME: Monday November 6th from 3:30pm-5:30pm
LOCATION: Trinity Lutheran Church 610 2nd Ave SE
NEW AND GENTLY USED SHOES : Adult sizes - $5 Children sizes- $2
A Brush with Friends
November 9, 2017 6-7pm
@ Senior Citizens Day Center, 50 3rd St N, Long Prairie
Fall Pumpkins or a Cardinal in Birch Trees- themes
Deer Camp in Clotho (vendor show)
When: Saturday, November 11, 2018
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Clotho United Methodist Church
Don't 'miss' out on saving some 'bucks'! A great opportunity to do some early holiday shopping - shop for goods offered by 12 different vendors. A freewill donation light lunch will be served with proceeds going to Eagle's Healing Nest, Sauk Centre, a healing place for veterans.
Long Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting
November 14, 2017 4:30pm @ City Hall
Fall Story Times: Animals!
@ the Great River Regional Library in Long Prairie
Tuesdays November 14 , 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. For ages 3-6. Join us as we use our imagination and learn about animals with stories, flannel board stories, songs and crafts to build kindergarten readiness. We ask that an adult be present to assist their child(ren) with craft projects.
You can register online at www.griver.org or by calling the library at 320.732.2332.
Senior Center_Craft Sale
November 18 9 -4pm DOOR PRIZES
@ Senior Citizens Day Center, 50 3rd St N
Healthy Vintage Tea Party: Theme- Healthy Holidays
Grab a friend and join us for coffee, tea, treats, healthy conversation, and goodies! Followed by shopping and discounts!
Why: Healthy Living
Learn more about living a healthy lifestyle, learn how to join the Healthy Living Club, and enjoy local shopping and deals in our community!
When: October 21 at 9:00 am
Where: Past Time Antiques, Long Prairie 314 1st Ave N,
RSVP to Ruth at 320 305 3395
Dates and Themes
November 18: Healthy Holidays
December 16: Cookie Exchange
Long Prairie Vendor Show
Nov 18th and Dec 16th
@ the American Legion 10-2pm
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Welcome New 2017 Chamber Members !
Long Prairie Hockey Association (October)
RJ Richter Properites LLC (September)
CTC- Consolidated Telecommunication Company (July)
Upper Midwest Pumping (June)
Tim Woeste Custom Harvesting (June)
Maple Hill Garden (May)
Todd County Development Office (May)
Todd County Veteran Services Office (February)
Red's Irish Pub (January)
Little Falls Radio Inc (January)
Jim's Auto Repair (January)
Menagerie Greens, Inc (January)
Dreams United/Sueños Unidos (January)
Alexandria Technical & Community College (January)
Central Lakes College (January)
Thank you, also, to all of you who have renewed your membership!
We appreciate you and could not do this without you!
NEW- Small Business Consultants Listing!
Isagenix- Ruth Khamassi (September)
Juice Plus - Kathy Parker (May)
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Electronic Sign Use and Fees Schedule
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