Teague speaks at area U alunmi event

University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague, left, with new men's basketball coach Richard Pitino, speaks Tuesday at the U of M Alumni Association St. Croix Chapter's spring event at the Lowell Inn. (Photo courtesy of U of M)

University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague, left, with new men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino, speaks Tuesday at the U of M Alumni Association St. Croix Chapter’s spring event at the Lowell Inn. (Photo courtesy of U of M)

New University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague visits the St. Croix Valley Tuesday when he speaks at the region’s U of M Alumni Association spring event at the Lowell Inn in Stillwater.

Teague’s visit is co-sponsored by the Stillwater Sunrise and Noon Rotary Clubs and is one of two major club-related events this spring.

In mid-May, the Sunrise Rotary holds its sixth annual Brewer’s Bazaar fundraiser aboard the Avalon Riverboat.

Teague’s Stillwater visit comes two weeks after he hired 30-year-old Richard Pitino as the Gophers new men’s basketball coach, replacing the fired Tubby Smith. Richard Pitino completed his first year as head coach at Florida International University. He is the son of Rick Pitino, coach of men’s college basketball national champion University of Louisville.

Teague, who came to the university after a six-year run as AD at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., is directing a comprehensive review of U of M athletic facilities and will present a preview of the findings along with answering questions about the status of athletics at the school.

The event is 6 p.m. at the Lowell Inn Banquet Center, 102 N. Second St. in Stillwater. The buffet dinner costs $25 and prepayment is required. There will be a cash bar. Persons interested in attending must RSVP by today to Donabelle Hansen at 651-439-6918 or pthansen@aol.com.

Visit www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/stcroixvalley for more information about the group.

Those interested in attending the May 18 Brewers Bazaar could be out of luck since he popular event is sold out, according to Rotary officials.

“Our Sunrise Club is overwhelmed by the response for tickets,” said club member Ken McGinley. “The only way to obtain a ticket now is through a sponsorship.”

Sponsorship openings with tickets are available at www.stillwatersunriserotary.org.

Ticket holders receive a bratwurst, commemorative pilsner glass and four hours to try custom beers, cheese, pretzels and listen to music by The Thundermen.

Brewers offering free samples include Lift Bridge, Surly, Summit, Brau Brothers, Flat Earth, August Schell, Lake Superior Brewing, Badger Hill, Leech Lake Brewing, Tim Whiskers, Excelsior Brewing, Third Street Brewhouse, American Sky Beer, Rush River, Lucid, Fulton, Finnegan’s, St. Croix Brewing, Olvalde Farm and Brewing, Still-H2O and the St. Croix Valley Homebrewers Association. Also at the event are Bass Lake Cheese Factory and Great Harvest Bread.

Money raised at Brewers Bazaar is used to support the many Sunrise Rotary local and international service projects.

Contact Erik Sandin at erik.sandin@ecm-inc.com

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