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  • Krueger honored with induction into Minnesota Bowling HOF

  • For 84-year-old Dan Krueger, bowling wasn’t just a hobby, it was his life....
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  • For 84-year-old Dan Krueger, bowling wasn’t just a hobby, it was his life. The 1947 graduate of Redwood Falls High School was honored over the weekend for a lifetime devoted to the sport by being inducted into the Minnesota Bowling Hall of Fame. A banquet was held Saturday in Brooklyn Park for the new group of inductees, which included Krueger who was honored for his meritorious service that included outstanding contributions to the good and welfare of the game through administrative and organizational work. Shortly after high school, Krueger went into the bowling business with his father-in-law Louis Conrad and wife Bonnie and would eventually become the proprietor of the Morgan Bowling Center through much of the 50s. In 1958, the talented Krueger rolled his first 300 game in a tournament held at Lincoln Lanes in Minneapolis. “I remember it was the first 300 game rolled there,” Krueger said. “I finished second.” In 1962, he and wife Bonnie moved to Mankato and became the recreational managers in the Student Union at Mankato State University. While there, the husband and wife duo coached both the men’s and women’s bowling teams, helping establish the Midwest Intercollegiate Bowling Conference and holding down president duties for 23 years until his retirement in 1993. He also served the United State Bowling Congress (USBC) on the local, regional and national levels and saw his Maverick teams win several national titles. “We really enjoyed working with the students,” he said. “That’s definitely one of the highlights of our time at the college.” Krueger – whose brother Curtis and sister Virginia Schmidt both reside in Redwood Falls – was an accomplished bowler who along with his 300 game, rolled a 784 series in Mankato in 1962 which at the time was a city record. He averaged over 200 for many years in the 1960s and 70s despite bowling on lanes that were not always in the best condition. The Redwood Falls native – who is a charter member of the Mankato City Hall of Fame – is thankful for the honor bestowed upon him and grateful for what the sport of bowling has done for him. “Bowling was a big part of my life,” he said. “I have a lot of great memories on the lanes that I’ll always cherish.”
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