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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2017 Pa e 7 By Kevin Skavhaug Big brother might really be watching after all ... I've always wondered when crossing the border, or entering customs, just what kind of things they really know about Average Joe American. Of course they know your age, residence, and if you are on some sort of wanted list or not. I've heard they have high-tech scanners that can see through your skin and they have these cool inaudi- ble tone emitting device that bounces sonar to see if that delicious Canadian Aero Bar is the mint flavored one or just the plain milk chocolate one, but I found out last week they know quite a bit more than that. Well, sort of. My family was coming back from Canada last week and when we stopped at the customs to get back into the U.S. I learned that they know a lot more than I ever imag- ined. Here's how it went down .. mostly. The names are changed to protect the inno- cent expect for the one name that is mentioned; he'll have to take his chances. So any- way, it's a Friday morning .wait in line the, Iight to turn green and then drive up to the window to get checked back into the U.S. We hand the man our pass- ports and he goes through a series of.questions regarding the purpose of our visit to Canada. When he had finished with the usual questions, such as, did you purchase anything, are you bringing back certain items, did you leave any- thing in Canada, who is the current U.S. President, and what is the North Dakota state drink (milk by the way) etc, etc... I just about had a stroke when he asked the fi- nal question. The agent peered into our car, looked at my son Spencer and asked him, "How's your knee doing?" WHAT? How in the world would he have known that my son had re- constructive ACL surgery about nine months ago and is in the last stages ofrehab? Is that kind of information re- ally available? Is there a mega database file that knows everything about all of us? Did he know which knee it was too? Wow, I was dumbfounded. My eyes must have gotten as big as saucers at his ques- tion? I know I did a double take and my mouth dropped open. I was just floored. He knows about Spencer's knee injury I thought to myself?. This is crazy! ! thought about all this for a second and then I had to ask him the question. "Do you guys really know details like that?" He could have strung me along I guess. I know I would have if I would have been him but it turns out he has a son. A son the same age as my son. A son who plays bas- ketball for a team in our dis- trict. A son who is friends with Spencer and in this day of social media contacts, a son who is in contact with him. So it wasn't hard to understand it now. But I never expected that. I guess I always thought bor- der agents were like special CIA type guys who fly in Cont page 8 Above: Jackson Hankey is congratulated at home plate after his big home run against Fargo Post 2 tying the score at 7-7 Left: Park River pitcher Adam Swanson pitched a shut outagainst the G.F. Blues as Park River won 13-0 advandng to the Championship game. Right: Park River right fielder Charlie Thompson makes a sliding diving catch while teammate Jacob Erovick looks on. Left: 2017 N.D. American Legion Northeast Division Champions, Park River Post 147. Team members are, Front (I-r) Will Gaarder, Tom Magnusson, Adam Oberg, Logan Syrup, Will Zim- merman, Jacob Erovick, Will Magnusson and Steven Thompson, Back Row, (I-r) Coach, Brent Zimmerman, Adam Swanson, Nathan Zavalney, Nick Thompson, Ohadie Thompson, Bryce Wood, Jackson Hankey, Adam Zavainey and Coach Brady Laxdai. Right: Park River third baseman Nathan Zavainey charges a slow ground ball hit down the third baseline and liras a throw to first to get the Fargo Jets runner. ~ ii! :~,! ~. Photos: Larry Biri Top Left: Park River second baseman Jacob Erovick makes a diving stop of a ground ball hit towards right field. Park River downed the Grand Forks Bues 13-0 to advance to the Cham- iarkOnship game of the N.D. Class A Northeast Divisional Toumament in Grafton. Top Right: River Post 147 short stop Will Zimmerman just misses getting to a sharp ground ball hit into left field. Park River downed the Fargo Jets 8-7 in their opening game of the 2017 American Legion Class A N.D. Northeast Divisional Tournament in Grafton. Above: Grafton short stop Marcus Niemann cant quite reach a line drive up the middle against the G.F. Blues. The Blues beat Grafton 15-0 in their opening round game. Graiton Post 41 won two games on Saturday to advance to the Championship. Grafton downed the Fargo Jets 12- 2 and G.F. Blues 5-4. Grafton lost to Park River 8-6 in the Championship game Sunday. By Kevin Skavhaug seeded PR an 8-7 win and kept them in the of The Press winner's bracket in the tournament. GRAFTON, N.D. -- Park River's first The Fargo Jets made it tough for Post 147 all day. The Jets took a 2-0 lead in the game of the Class A Northeast American top of the first. After starting pitcher Legion tournament was closer than most thought it would be. A one out single in the Le ion bottom of the seventh by Adam Swanson drove home Jacob Erovick to give the top Corlt. page I I