Briefs: Cottage Grove baseball club again goes for longest game record

  • Updated: July 19, 2014 - 2:00 PM

The Pitching Hitting Defense Baseball club will again try to shatter the world record for longest baseball game when its players take the field at Park High School in Cottage Grove on Aug. 1.

Last year, the group played 169 innings over 40 hours, 15 minutes and 26 seconds but called the game early over injury and fatigue concerns — falling short of the official Guinness World Record by nearly 20 hours. The current record is 62 hours, 32 minutes, 59 seconds.

This year, the PDH attempt will begin with a pregame ceremony at 7:15 a.m. at the high school’s ninth-grade baseball field, 840 80th St. S. In all, 56 players (28 on each team) will participate to raise money for research on Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS).

If everything goes according to plan, the record would be broken around 10 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 3.

The marathon game, held last year at the since-demolished Metrodome, was moved to Cottage Grove at the suggestion of Dan Harrison, the head baseball coach at Park High School.

“The idea originated as a way to get youth baseball players to give back to the community,” Herb Gibson, director of business operations for PHD Baseball Charities, said in an online statement. “I happened to stumble across a video clip of the world record game and thought it was a neat way to accomplish both fundraising and kids playing baseball.”

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Candidates in parade will pay smaller fee

Organizers of Stillwater’s new Log Jam festival have reduced a steep fee they wanted politicians to pay to participate in Sunday’s parade.

The $1,000 fee was a violation of state law, organizers wrote on the festival’s Facebook page. “As soon as we realized our error, we corrected it. Politicians will be charged the same rate as the other participants in the parade,” the posting said. The fee is now $375.

Several people who responded to the posting objected to political campaigning in parades. Others, to the contrary, supported the idea of candidates meeting face to face the people they would represent in office.

Sunday, July 20, will be the final day of Log Jam, a more local festival compared with its predecessor, Lumberjack Days. Sunday’s activities also include a fishing tournament, medallion hunt and lumberjack demonstrations. For further information see

Washington County

Minneapolis firm chosen for public works design

The Washington County Board has selected Hagen, Christensen and McIllwain (HCM) of Minneapolis from four bidders to provide architectural services for design and construction of a new Public Works North Shop.

The firm proposed a fee of $928,000, which is less than the county’s estimate, said Don Theisen, who manages the public works division.

Making the existing public works building compliant with current building codes would cost millions of dollars, a county report determined recently. The building lacks fire-suppression sprinklers and provides less than half the space needed. It has no locker rooms for female employees, cramped conference rooms, substandard heating and ventilating systems, and no disability-accessible toilets.

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