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Since 1997, Eric has owned and operated Bergeson Nursery, rural Fertile, MN, a business his grandfather started in 1937. With the active participation of his parents, who owned the business for the previous twenty five years, and his younger brother ...
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Since 1997, Eric has owned and operated Bergeson Nursery, rural Fertile, MN, a business his grandfather started in 1937. With the active participation of his parents, who owned the business for the previous twenty five years, and his younger brother Joe, who is now president of the company, the business has nearly tripled in size during Ericís ownership tenure. The holder of a Master of Arts in History from the University of North Dakota, Eric has taught courses in history and political science at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He is also an adjunct lecturer in history for Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. Ericís hobbies include Minnesota Twins baseball, Bach organ music, bookstores, hiking, photography, singing old country music with his brother Joe, and watching the wildlife on the swamp in front of his house eight miles outside of Fertile, Minn.
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Baseball great Mike Schmidt suggests calling balls and strikes using a force field. His unfortunate choice of terms allows the writers to mock him, but he is absolutely right. Umpires have squeezed the strike zone down to nothing. Hitters should be forced to swing more often. Computers can all balls and strikes more accurately. 

I have already seen a difference in baseball due to the new replay rules. First base coaches don't argue on close plays for they know the truth will come out on the video and be upheld. Big arguments were always fun to watch, but sort of adolescent. Eliminating them and letting the players play knowing that the calls will be corrected is the way to go. I have been watching MLB's collection of stellar defensive plays. The athleticism on display is enough. We don't need inaccurate umpire calls for entertainment. 

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