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On The Sioux Trail: Lower Sioux Agency

The U.S. – Dakota War of 1862, Part III

Lower Sioux Agency warehouse
The Lower Sioux Agency warehouse

At 7am on 18 August 1862, Dakota warriors, led by Little Crow, attacked the Lower Sioux Agency. Andrew Myrick, who previously had issued the “Let them eat grass statement”, was one of the first to be killed. He was discovered trying to escape from a second floor window of the warehouse building pictured above. Myrick’s body was later found with his mouth full of grass.

Redwood_Ferry
Battle of Redwood Ferry marker

Employees and civilians fled the Agency, crossing the Minnesota River at the Redwood Ferry, and headed for Fort Ridgely, which was 13 miles downstream. When news of the attack reached the fort, Captain John S. Marsh left Ridgely with 47 men and set off for the Lower Sioux Agency. Company B was ambushed at the Minnesota River near the Redwood crossing. 24 soldiers were killed, five were wounded and one drowned; with Captain Marsh among the casualties.

War parties attacked settlers throughout the Minnesota River Valley the entire day, with an estimated 160 killed, and the towns of Milford, Leavenworth and Sacred Heart burned. Over 100 settlers, mostly women and children are taken hostage.


Amsoil Arena

Duluth, Minnesota

Amsoil Arena Lobby
Waiting for the doors to open at Amsoil

I had been at the old DECC Arena years ago, but this was my first visit to Amsoil, which opened in 2010. Stadium Journey, an internet site, had called Amsoil, “the best arena for college hockey”, and Duluth had run with the headline. I think Amsoil is a great rink, and I’d love to have its like up in Fairbanks, but it does fall short of Mariucci and The Ralph, and possibly a few others, in my humble opinion.

Still, it’s a wonderful place to see a hockey game, and the Duluth faithful love their Bulldogs.

US-U18 warming up
US-U18 during warmups at Amsoil

Saturday night was an exhibition game between UMD and USA’s under 18 team. When USA came out onto the ice, the first thing I thought was, “these guys are so small” when looking at them alongside the Bulldogs.

The youngsters didn’t play small however. Team USA took the lead on a beautiful wrister by Adam Fox. Fox would be in the thick of things all night long. US-U18 added a PPG by Clayton Keller, assisted by Fox for a 2-0 lead to end period one. The Bulldog fans were not happy.

The second period was more of the same as Kieffer Bellows scored on an assist from Keller and the shutout remained going into the third.

That’s when UMD’s top line woke up. Dominic Toninato scored two and assisted on a third goal to tie things up in a period that was completely dominated by the Bulldogs. The game went into OT, and Toninato hit the hat trick for the win.

Toninato had a four point night, and captain Andy Welinski had three assists for the Bulldogs. Attendance was 5520.


Kingpin

Panda gunfighter

The La Jolla Mafia


Battle for the Little Brown Jug

Minnesota faces Michigan at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, and the Little Brown Jug, college football’s oldest rivalry trophy, is back on the table.

UM vs UM in 1903
The only known photo of the 1903 game between Minnesota and Michigan at Northrup Field in Minneapolis.

As I’ve written before, the University of Michigan football team left the 30 cent jug behind after a hard fought 6-6 tie vs the University of Minnesota at Northrup Field in 1903. The iconic water jug has a mythology all its own, and that has only grown over the decades.

Athletic_Office_with_Cooke_and_jug
The soon to be traveling trophy hanging in Cooke’s office.

The jug was “captured”/collected by Oscar Munson after the game, and given to Minnesota Athletic Director Dr L.J. Cooke, where it was suspended from the ceiling in his office until 1909 when Michigan returned to Minneapolis.

Oscar Munson takes the story from there: “We didn’t play Michigan until 1909. The day before the game, Coach Yost came into Doc’s office for a visit as usual. The first thing he saw was that old water jug hanging from the ceiling. “What’s that?” he asked Doc. He told him it was the water jug Michigan had left behind six years ago. ‘That’s the first time I heard about that,’ laughed Yost. Doc suggested Michigan should try to win it back and it was all right with Yost.”

The 1903 game between Minnesota & Michigan grossed just shy of $31,000 (which would be approximately $860,000 today). No doubt both Cooke & Yost saw the benefit of promoting the rivalry.

Little Brown Jug

Minnesota will host Michigan at TCF Bank Stadium on Halloween for the 102nd meeting of the two football programs.


Been there


Green Knees C&H

“It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.”
— Bill Watterson


Alaska By Radio Flyer

I’ve seen this vehicle during the summer months a few times, but for some reason never thought to share it here on Circle-To-Circle, even though I know I’ve taken a picture of it at some point.  I received a reminder today from Milwaukee, so I will post this in honor of Wisconsin beating previously unbeaten Kentucky in the Final Four semi-finals.