Benjamin Keith Nix (1969-2018)

Big Ten Champion and NCAA finalist for The Gophers

Benjamin Keith Nix passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, after a brief illness. He was a 1988 Big Ten Champion for the University of Minnesota. He went on to place second at the NCAA Championships at 118 pounds that year.

A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Turrentine- Jackson- Morrow in Allen, Texas.

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Former Minneapolis high school teacher, coach dies in Boundary Waters after canoe capsizes

A former Minneapolis high school football and wrestling coach died in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness after he attempted to right a capsized canoe.

Niles R. Schulz, 75, of Minneapolis was found dead Tuesday evening in Sawbill Lake near the portage to Kelso Lake, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. Schulz was on a trip with his grandson, a friend and the friend’s grandson, officials say.

Schulz was the head wrestling and football coach from the late 1960s into the 1980s for Edison High School, where he also taught English for nearly two decades. He was a board member of the Edison Community and Sports Foundation. Continue reading at

James Paul Morgan (1927-2018)

Jim Morgan formerly of Bloomington and Paynesville passed away on July 4th. He was 91 years old.

Jim was the patriarch of the Morgan family, recipient of the Greco-Roman Legacy Award at the 2011 Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions.

Jim and his wife Olive had 12 children. Sons John, Gordy and Marty won a combined ten national Greco-Roman titles and competed in nine World Championships. John competed in the 1988 Olympics, and Gordy competed in the 1996 Olympics. Marty was an NCAA National Champion for The Gophers in 1991. Marty was the top assistant under University of Minnesota Head Coach J Robinson for 13 seasons.

Visitation 5-7 PM TODAY, July 6, 2018, at Washburn-McReavy New Brighton Chapel, 706 4th Ave. NW, and also one hour before the service at the church. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Saturday, July 7, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 835 2nd Ave. NW, New Brighton. Interment 9 AM Monday, July 9, 2018, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, meet at Assembly Area #5.

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James Slifka (1938-2018)

Hall of Fame Coach James Slifka of Medford passed away on June 30th. He was 79 years old.

Slifka was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Dave Bartelma Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Mayo Civic Center Region I Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial is set for Friday, July 6, 2018, at 10:30 am at Christ The King church in Medford. Friends may greet the family on Thursday, July 5, 2018, from 4-7 pm at the Medford Funeral Home (310 – E. Central Ave.) There will be a 7:00 pm Knights of Columbus Rosary. The visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:15 on Friday at the funeral home followed by a procession to the church.

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Zack Bigboy (1987-2018)

Zack Bigboy, 30, of Apple Valley, Minn., passed away, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Minneapolis. He was born Feb. 28, 1987 in Grand Rapids, Minn., the son of Mary Pero and Patrick Bigboy.

Zack graduated from Bloomington Kennedy High School in 2004. He wrestled all four years for the high school and was a three-time MN State Champion. He also won the MN-WI tournament all four years. He continued wrestling three more years for the University of California State – Bakersfield. Zack moved back to Minneapolis area where he worked as a floor installer for his business, Bigboy Enterprise. Continue reading at

David Pfeffer (1946-2017)

Former Battle Lake wrestling coach David Pfeffer passed away on December 31st. He was 71 years old.

Pfeffer taught and coached from 1970-1979 at Battle Lake High School. He was also a wrestling referee for thirty years.

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 4th with a 7:00 pm sharing of memories at First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 10:30 am on Friday, January 5th, also at First Lutheran Church.

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