Luke Thun has been accepted for admission at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. Founded in 1927, Bethany is a private residential liberal arts college. Thun is the son of Seth and Tracy Thun of Silver Bay. He is a senior at William Kelley High School.
Silver Bay’s Gary Zinter attended the Concordia College homecoming football game in Moorhead Oct. 8 with Gary Baune, a former student of Zinter, to watch Baune’s son, Brett, play for the Cobbers (top right). Brett is the grandson of Don and Marge Baune of Silver Bay. Baune, a fullback, scored three touchdowns as Concordia won over Carleton College, 26-7. He led the team to another the next week, 38-26 over Augsburg, with two scores and 139 yards. He leads the MIAC in touchdowns with 14.
Last weekend, in a 35-15 win over Augsburg, Baune had another multiple touchdown game with scoring runs of 8 and 35 yards and now has 16 touchdowns. He is just three shy of tying the school’s single-season scoring mark of 19. Baune has scored multiple touchdowns in three straight games and in six of the eight overall games. He has also notched at least one TD in all eight games this season. Baune rushed for 77 yards on 14 carries Saturday. The Cobbers are in third place in the conference after winning four straight.
Grant Spike Johnson and his daughter, Jennifer Marcouiller, (right) got a taste of Minnesota via Sweden recently at an Orlando food truck. Daughter Kathe Schaffler says Orlando has started a trend with specialty food trucks that drive around the downtown area and park in different areas throughout the day. There were 30 trucks at the Fashion Square Mall. “My sister, Jennifer, and dad decided to try the Swede Dish truck. Being Swedes, they went after the meatballs and said they were awesome.” Johnson is a Two Harbors High School graduate and standout athlete and coach.
Marcus Taintor, formerly of Silver Bay, completed a 62-mile run in the Oct. 15 Wild Duluth Superior Hiking Trail Run. Marcus placed 14th out of 57 elite runners. He came flying into the finish with a time of 15 hours and 1 minute. Wild Duluth was Marcus’s 11th ultra-marathon — a race longer than the standard 26.2 miles and usually on rugged terrain. Taintor ran 12 of the miles barefoot.
Marcus said the first 30 miles were pretty easy. “Somewhere around mile 35 my legs were getting really tight, I had a negative attitude, and just did not feel like running anymore,” he said. “So I had a few salt tablets, drank some pop, and ate some chips. I started feeling a little better after mile 40. Then, after mile 45, it was like somebody had flipped a switch. My legs loosened up. I started feeling great.”
“By the end, I was able to sprint up the hills, and pretty much felt like I had just started the race again.”
Taintor said he plans on running a 75-mile race in December. “I would like to try a 100-miler in the near future as well. And if I get the hang of doing 100s, I might want to go farther.”