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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s wondering exactly when the world got turned on its head and the marching band became the cool kids.

Traditionally, we think, the jocks were supposed to get all the girls, attention and media coverage, but at our high school it was the opposite.

The football team rarely won a game and the marching band took state championships. We’ll leave it to your imagination to decide who had the luck with the ladies (or gentlemen, as the case may have been). And now, here we are all these years later with a marching band landing the coverage in all the glory of newsprint.

We hear the non-geeks from Waconia High School in Waconia, Minn., which is about 33 miles southwest of Minneapolis, looked pretty slick and were having a lot of fun when they lit up the July Fourth parade in Breckenridge on Friday. Thanks for visiting, guys and girls!

On a completely separate note, we had the great pleasure of being out on the trails this weekend, and it is officially wildflower season out there.

We saw tons of vegetation that we cannot name for you because we are journalists not botanists. But it all made a lovely background for selfies pretty enough to make all our Facebook friends jealous.

We highly recommend you get out there and enjoy it, because it’s going to start snowing again in about 27 minutes. We’re not joking. Go!


Now it’s time for an Angel Alert! Angel Alert! going out to Connor Dillon Erwin. The Erwin family was enjoying a Fourth of July barbecue in their backyard in the Dillon Pines area when 3-year-old Connor spotted something strange out on the reservoir. A small sailboat had capsized, leaving its occupants stranded, sitting on the bottom of the overturned boat. Connor quickly alerted his parents, who called 911. Officials quickly came to the aid of the capsized crew and towed them safely to shore. “He’s a little hero,” proud father Jack Erwin said of his son. We agree and congratulate Connor on his sharp eyesight. No doubt those recreating on the reservoir will feel safer knowing he’s on the lookout.

We out.

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