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eden prairie hands duluth east boys' hockey first loss


jack jensen and joey graen scored third-period goals saturday and the host eden prairie boys’ hockey team beat duluth east, the top-ranked team in class 2a, 4-3 on saturday.the greyhounds (9-1-3) took its first loss of the season. the greyhounds took over no. 1 this week after beating previous no. 1 minnetonka last weekend.jensen scored the tying goal only 27 seconds into the third period for the eagles (6-8-1), and graen scored the game-winning goal with less than 12 minutes remaining. eagles goalie andrew dietrich made it stand up, and eden prairie also had to kill off a greyhounds power play in the final minutes. he finished with 43 saves, including 18 in the third period.the greyhounds took three one-goal leads but the eagles came back to tie each time.champlin park 3, duluth marshall






the star tribune boys' hockey all-metro first team


carlos gonzalez – star tribunegallery: the star tribune boys' hockey all-metro first team (from left): eden prairie's nick leivermann, elk river's nick perbix, delano's ben meyers, eden prairie's casey mittelstadt (the metro player of the year), stillwater's noah cates and hill-murray's jake begley. ] carlos gonzalez [email protected] - february 20, 2017, eden prairie, mn, high / prep school boys hockey, boys hockey all-metro players






prep hockey: grand rapids 3, eden prairie 2


anthony souffle – star tribunegallery: grand rapids goaltender zach stejskal (35), who stopped 49 shots on goal, shakes hands with the eden prairie players following the game.






likely tornado touches down in minnesota


nick leivermann of eden prairie, nick perbix of elk river, ben meyers of delano, casey mittelstadt (metro player of the year) of eden prairie, noah cates of stillwater, and jake begley of hill-murray are the prep boys' hockey all-metro first team.






likely tornado touches down in minn.


nick leivermann of eden prairie, nick perbix of elk river, ben meyers of delano, casey mittelstadt (metro player of the year) of eden prairie, noah cates of stillwater, and jake begley of hill-murray are the prep boys' hockey all-metro first team.






duluth east's mike randolph wins 600th hockey game


duluth east's mike randolph became just the fourth boys' high school hockey coach in the state to reach 600 career victories with a 9-3 win over visiting andover on saturday night.randolph joins lorne grosse (707), roy nystrom (705) and willard ikola (616) in the exclusive club.ryder donovan, a north dakota recruit, led the greyhounds with one goal and six assists. luke lamaster, a wisconsin recruit, had one and four assists, ian mageau recorded a hat trick, garret worth had two goals and an assist and jack fitzgerald and brendan baker scored a goal each for the greyhounds.in other boys' hockey games:eden prairie 5, brainerd 2: trailing 2-1 after the first period, the eagles scored four unanswered goals to secure the win over the warriors. john mittelstadt scored twice for eden prairie. ja






eden prairie almost got too much of what it wanted from wayzata


eden prairie hockey players received t-shirts before the boys’ hockey state tournament with the hashtags “#redemption” and “#relax” on the chest. both became tough to fulfill as thursday’s quarterfinal with rival wayzata went almost 45 minutes without an eagles goal.no. 1 seed eden prairie drew defending class 2a champion wayzata in the first round, a tantalizing rematch of last season’s title game. eagles players claim they relished the chance to face their demons. trailing 1-0 after two periods, however, “it was pretty quiet in that room,” eden prairie coach lee smith said.frustration mounted after wayzata went ahead 1-0 only 55 seconds into the second period. at that point, the best player on the ice wasn’t eden prairie forward casey mittelstadt, a future first-round nhl draft pick. it






class 2a boys' hockey quarterfinals: eden prairie rewarded in title-game rematch


more than 2½ periods of frustration turned into one huge sigh of relief as top-seeded eden prairie scored three goals in the last 6 minutes, 29 seconds of the third period to escape with a 3-1 victory over defending champion wayzata in the most anticipated game of thursday's class 2a boys' hockey quarterfinals at xcel energy center.after being stymied by wayzata's reid waszczenko time after time, eden prairie finally solved the senior goaltender when defenseman noah deraney's slapshot from the point caromed off a wayzata defender and over waszczenko's glove hand, tying the score 1-1 at 10:31 of the third period.it was deraney's first goal of the season and it could not have come at a better time."i had a little chip on my shoulder from last year," deraney said, referring to eden prairie's






prep athletes of the week: one last season of goals, awards for eden prairie's n


naomi roggeeden prairie • lacrossein three victories last week, the senior midfielder and team captain scored 17 goals, added four assists, had 25 draw controls and picked up 13 ground balls.but for rogge, it was about more than just another terrific week. she was honored as eden prairie’s athena award winner, recognition for a high school athletic career that ranks among one of the greatest in school history.rogge has been a three-sport captain (soccer, hockey and lacrosse), won a state championship in hockey and two more in lacrosse, was a ms. hockey finalist this year and will play hockey at minnesota duluth. she has been named all-lake conference five times, all-state three, and no doubt will add to those totals when the lacrosse season is finished.“when people say, ‘don’t blink, it go






girls' lacrosse championship preview: blake vs. eden prairie


no. 3 blake (14-4) vs. no. 1 eden prairie (17-1)3:30 p.m. saturday, chanhassen high schoolwhy eden prairie will win: the two-time-defending champion eagles have averaged 18.1 goals per game this season while yielding just 4.6 per game. eden prairie has defeated blake the past four times they have played, dating to 2015, including a 19-13 victory over the bears on may 25. eden prairie lost just once this season, to a nationally ranked team from illinois.why blake will win: the bears have balanced scoring, with six players notching at least 29 goals. the team played the closest game of any minnesota team against eden prairie this season. plus, it will be motivated by last year’s 11-9 loss to eden prairie in the state title game. “we’re just pumped and motivated to show them that we can do it






girls' lacrosse championship preview: blake vs. eden prairie


girls' lacrosse championshipno. 3 blake (14-4) vs. no. 1 eden prairie (17-1)3:30 p.m. saturday, chanhassen high schoolwhy eden prairie will win: the two-time-defending champion eagles have averaged 18.1 goals per game this season while yielding just 4.6 per game. eden prairie has defeated blake the past four times they have played, dating to 2015, including a 19-13 victory over the bears on may 25. eden prairie lost just once this season, to a nationally ranked team from illinois.why blake will win: the bears have balanced scoring, with six players notching at least 29 goals. the team played the closest game of any minnesota team against eden prairie this season. plus, it will be motivated by last year's 11-9 loss to eden prairie in the state title game. "we're just pumped and motivated to






minnesota march madness: week 1 relevant tournament brackets


minnesota march madness begins this week with three tournaments.the boys’ state hockey tournament started wednesday with the class 1a tournament and the big ten men’s basketball conference tournament also tipped off in washington, d.c. later this week, the ncaa women’s hockey tournament gets underway.there is still time to fill out brackets as you follow your favorite teams throughout the postseason. here are the brackets and teams you need to know about this week:big ten men’s basketball tournamentthe gophers finished fourth in the big ten regular-season standings and earned a double bye in the conference tournament. the winner of nebraska and penn state advances to play michigan state, and the winner of that game will face the gophers on friday.interactive and printable big ten brackets 






ap minnesota prep hockey player of year: casey mittelstadt


minneapolis — casey mittelstadt is the minnesota associated press player of the year for high school boys hockey.the eden prairie senior forward is the first back-to-back winner of the award since greenway's gino guyer in 2001 and 2002.mittelstadt, who has committed to play in college at minnesota and is a projected first-round nhl draft pick this summer, had 23 goals and 49 assists in 30 games for the eagles, who lost in the class 2a semifinals.the ap all-state team was announced tuesday in partnership with the minnesota hockey coaches association and the state of hockey booster organization. joining mittelstadt on the first team were stillwater forward noah cates, delano senior ben meyers, hermantown defenseman dylan samberg, eden prairie defenseman nicky leivermann and hill-murray goali






casey mittelstadt of eden prairie chosen as mr. hockey


eden prairie forward casey mittelstadt won the 2017 mr. hockey award, given to the state’s top senior skater. the 33th annual award was presented sunday afternoon at st. paul rivercentre.mittelstadt, who committed to the gophers, tallied 23 goals and 49 assists in 30 games and led eden prairie to the no. 1 ranking this season. he is a projected first-round pick in the june nhl draft. he previously was named the star tribune metro player of the year.hill-murray’s jake begley won the frank brimsek award, given to the state’s top senior goaltender. the other finalist was hermantown’s cade mcewen.the other mr. hockey finalists were matt anderson (holy family), noah cates (stillwater), nick leivermann (eden prairie), ben meyers (delano), micah miller (grand rapids), bauer neudecker (st. louis p






casey mittelstadt of eden prairie chosen as mr. hockey


eden prairie forward casey mittelstadt won the 2017 mr. hockey award, given to the state’s top senior skater. the 33th annual award was presented sunday afternoon at st. paul rivercentre.mittelstadt, who committed to the gophers, tallied 23 goals and 49 assists in 30 games and led eden prairie to the no. 1 ranking this season. he is a projected first-round pick in the june nhl draft. he previously was named the star tribune metro player of the year.hill-murray’s jake begley won the frank brimsek award, given to the state’s top senior goaltender. the other finalist was hermantown’s cade mcewen.the other mr. hockey finalists were matt anderson (holy family), noah cates (stillwater), nick leivermann (eden prairie), ben meyers (delano), micah miller (grand rapids), bauer neudecker (st. louis p






lockdown lifted for suburban minneapolis mall


eden prairie, minn. — a mall in the minneapolis suburb of eden prairie is re-opening after being locked down briefly on a report of a person with a weapon.police tweeted tuesday afternoon that eden prairie center "has been cleared." they gave no additional detail.police asked people to shelter in place earlier tuesday and asked others to stay out of the area after what the mall tweeted as a "reported firearm sighting."eden prairie center has 120 stores and restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater and an indoor play area in about 1.3 million square feet. eden prairie is about 10 miles southwest of minneapolis.






class 2a boys hockey: eden prairie 4, holy family 3


north minneapolis' homewood neighborhood, a close-knit community with a long history of diversity, is up for historic designation status. the trouble is, many of the people living there don't want it.






urday prep roundup: eden prairie bests edina 4-3 in battle of cl 2a's top boys'


the top two boys’ hockey teams in cl 2a — eden prairie and edina — treated the fans at braemar arena to an offensive show urday.senior forward jarod blackowiak scored the lone goal of the third period un isted, giving top-ranked eden prairie a 4-3 victory over no. 2-rated edina in a battle of lake conference powers. the two teams combined for 76 s s on goal, with the host hornets holding a 40-36 edge.eden prairie sophomore forward jack jensen, who has already committed to the gophers, picked a good time to have the best game of his young career. he scored the eagles’ first three goals, giving him 12 on the season.ben brinkman scored a power-play goal for edina (15-6-1) at the 13:16 mark of the second period to tie it at three. eden prairie senior goaltender nick wiencek finished with 37 sa






urday prep roundup: eden prairie bests edina 4-3 in battle of cl 2a's top boys'


the top two boys' hockey teams in cl 2a — eden prairie and edina — treated the fans at braemar arena to an offensive show urday.senior forward jarod blackowiak scored the lone goal of the third period un isted, giving top-ranked eden prairie a 4-3 victory over no. 2-rated edina in a battle of lake conference powers. the two teams combined for 76 s s on goal, with the host hornets holding a 40-36 edge.eden prairie sophomore forward jack jensen, who has already committed to the gophers, picked a good time to have the best game of his young career. he scored the eagles' first three goals, giving him 12 on the season.ben brinkman scored a power-play goal for edina (15-6-1) at the 13:16 mark of the second period to tie it at three. eden prairie senior goaltender nick wiencek finished with 37 sa






east ridge shines late in matinee against eden prairie


east ridge plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning and came from behind to defeat eden prairie 2-1 at siebert field on friday.a two-run single by kyle koken provided the decisive blow. with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, koken punched a sharp ground ball back up the middle, bringing home brandon petrie and brendan mckevitt with the tying and go-ahead runs.until that point, eagles left-hander torben urdahl had been throwing a shutout. he left the game after 5.1 innings, having allowed two runs (one earned) with four hits, five strikeouts and one walk.but raptors sophomore graham metten was just as effective, allowing just two hits and one unearned run while striking out six in five innings of work.eden prairie (1-2, 0-1) scored its run when back-to-back raptor fielding errors






top football teams eden prairie, minnetonka to meet friday


when you’ve established the standard of excellence that eden prairie has, it seems like each week is the next big game. the undefeated and top-ranked eagles have already fought off challenges from powers lake­ville north and maple grove. they are the stick by which others measure themselves.there’s another big game — perhaps the biggest of the season — on tap for eden prairie this week. the eagles host minnetonka, which is fresh from a physical, 28-27 victory over edina. the skippers are 6-0, their best record this late in the season since dave nelson took over as head coach in 2004. quarterback aaron syverson seems to get better each week, putting up terrific passing numbers (15-for-20, 226 yards, two tds) against the hornets.eden prairie and minnetonka are nos. 1 and 2 in this week’s met






eden prairie and minnetonka, nos. 1 and 2 in the twin cities, to meet friday


when you’ve established the standard of excellence that eden prairie has, it seems like each week is the next big game. the undefeated and top-ranked eagles have already fought off challenges from powers lake­ville north and maple grove. they are the stick by which others measure themselves.there’s another big game — perhaps the biggest of the season — on tap for eden prairie this week. the eagles host minnetonka, which is fresh from a physical, 28-27 victory over edina. the skippers are 6-0, their best record this late in the season since dave nelson took over as head coach in 2004. quarterback aaron syverson seems to get better each week, putting up terrific passing numbers (15-for-20, 226 yards, two tds) against the hornets.eden prairie and minnetonka are nos. 1 and 2 in this week’s met






fifteen to watch: boys' hockey players set to impress


jake boltmann, soph. d, edina (minnesota)bryce brodzinski, jr., f, blaine (st. cloud state)rob christy, jr., f, st. thomas academy (colorado college)garrett daly, d, lakeville north (bowling green)carl fish, d, st. paul johnsonethan haider, soph., g, maple grovechase hamstad, f, white bear lakeben helgeson, jr., f, hill-murray (wisconsin)jack jensen, jr., f, eden prairie (minnesota)demetrios koumontzis, f, edina (arizona state)luke loheit, f, minnetonka (minnesota duluth)brady meyer, jr., f, north branch (minnesota-duluth)jack olsen, d, lakeville southcolin schmidt, f, wayzata (minnesota)brady ziemer, d, holy family catholic (st. cloud state)






eden prairie beats holy family for return trip to state tournament


eden prairie's casey mittelstadt knew what was coming when he sent a pass toward nick leivermann.leivermann's third period goal put top-ranked eden prairie ahead to stay in a thrilling 4-3 victory against holy family in wednesday's class 2a, section 2 boys' hockey championship game at mariucci arena.from the backyard rink to practice and even in past varsity games, leivermann buries his shot, mittelstadt recalled. this time, however, leivermann wasn't so sure."last game i was having some problems getting pucks to the net," said leivermann, a senior defenseman who signed with notre dame last fall. "[assistant] coach tom gerdes told me to relax and just shoot."he put the puck just under the crossbar for a power-play goal and put his eagles back in the state tournament. eden prairie (21-4-2),






2017 minnesota boys high school hockey state tournament


lakeville south 5, st. thomas academy 2moorhead 4, hill-murray 2eden prairie 3, wayzata 1grand rapids 6, maple grove 4moorhead 3, lakeville south 2grand rapids 3, eden prairie 2st. thomas acedemy 4, hill-murray 0wayzata 2, maple grove 1, otst. thomas academy vs. wayzata, noonlakeville south vs. eden prairie, 4 p.m.moorhead vs. grand rapids, 7 p.m.monticello/annandale/maple lake 3, delano tigers 2northfield 3, mahtomedi 1hermantown 3, luverne cardinals 2, otst. cloud cathedral 6, east grand forks 3monticello/annandale/maple lake 3, northfield 2hermantown vs. 6, cloud cathedral 5, otdelano tigers 8, mahtomedi 1east grand forks 5, luverne cardinals 2delano tigers vs. east grand forks, 10 a.m.northfield vs. st. cloud cathedral, 9 a.m.monticello/annandale/maple lake vs. hermantown, noon






eden prairie is top seed for 2a hockey state tournament


talented teams. story lines. intriguing matchups.the class 2a boys' hockey state tournament bracket, released saturday, is flooded with all three.eden prairie grabbed the no. 1 seed, followed by no. 2 st. thomas academy, no. 3 moorhead, no. 4 maple grove and no. 5 grand rapids. rounding out the bracket were hill-murray, lakeville south and defending champion wayzata (10-17-1)."there are no layups," eden prairie coach lee smith said. "the team that drew wayzata knew they'd be tough. they are the champs until someone says differently."eden prairie, which lost to wayzata in the title game last march, hopes to have a say in the quarterfinals. the lake conference rivals are the prime-time matchup at 6 p.m. thursday.on saturday morning, each head coach cast electronic votes for the other seven q






2017 minnesota boys high school hockey state tournament


lakeville south (18-9-1) vs. st. thomas academy (23-4-1), 11 a.m.hill-murray (19-5-4) vs. moorhead (22-3-3), 1 p.m.wayzata (10-17-1) vs. eden prairie (21-4-2), 6 p.m.grand rapids (20-7-1) vs. maple grove (22-6-0), 8 p.m.lakeville south/st. thomas winner vs. hill-murray/moorhead winner, 6 p.m.wayzata/eden prairie winner vs. grand rapids/maple grove winner, 8 p.m.lakeville south/st. thomas loser vs. hill-murray/moorhead loser, 10 a.m.wayzata/eden prairie loser vs. grand rapids/maple grove loser, noonconsolation semifinal winners, noonsemifinal losers, 4 p.m.semifinal winners, 7 p.m.monticello/annandale/maple lake 3, delano tigers 2northfield 3, mahtomedi 1hermantown 3, luverne cardinals 2, otst. cloud cathedral (20-6-2) vs. east grand forks (17-8-2), 8 p.m.monticello/annandale/maple lake vs.






boys' hockey class 2a quarterfinal preview: wayzata vs. eden prairie


scouting the trojans (10-17-1)the defending state champions began the section playoffs with seven victories all season and a starting goaltender who earned just one of them. none of it matters now. the trojans are back and no team is excited to play them in a win-or-go-home scenario. gritty, grinding wayzata is backed by a goalie, reid waszczenko, who allowed one playoff goal. still, eden prairie got the better of wayzata in two games this season after the trojans beat the eagles 5-3 in last year’s state final. “we know that we’re one of the underdogs going into the tournament, as people have said,” senior defenseman logan lindstrand said. “we have to not worry about that and just be ready to play our game.”scouting the eagles (21-4-2)ineffective line combinations and lethargic play left t






motorcyclist killed in eden prairie crash was father of 3


a motorcyclist killed in a crash saturday in eden prairie has been identified as tyrone demitrius alexander ellis.ellis, 28, of bloomington, died of multiple head injuries sustained in the crash saturday morning on the 13100 block of college view drive near hennepin technical college in eden prairie, the hennepin county medical examiner's office said.ellis was taken to hennepin county medical center where he was pronounced dead.ellis was recently married and was the father of three children, including a recently-born baby, according to a gofundme page set up to help the family."the ellis family is going through a terrible loss," the fundraising page, which identified his wife as katie, said. "they have three children and were just starting their journey together. sadly they will now have t






eden prairie blanks lakeville north, will play forest lake in 4a baseball final


two months ago, eden prairie was scuffling, losing four of its first five games. simply winning would have been enough. playing for a state championship was nothing more than a fuzzy dream.but after a 14-0, five-inning drubbing of lakeville north on friday in the class 4a semifinals at chs field, the eagles’ dream has become a crystal clear reality.“it’s hard to sit there at 1-4 and say you know you’re going to be here, but we always believed it could happen,” eden prairie coach john buteyn said. “we knew we had the level of talent and if we stuck with it, we had the opportunity.”the eagles (17-9) set the tone from the outset, scoring twice in the top of the first. the panthers got a leadoff double in the bottom of the inning, but it was the only base hit they could muster off eden prairie






eden prairie's mittelstadt rides excitement, stress as draft nears


casey mittelstadt is due to arrive in chicago with his mom and two brothers wednesday. father tom will pick them up at the airport for the beginning of the end of the much-hyped eden prairie star and future gopher’s journey toward being drafted in the nhl.after mittelstadt returned for his senior season with the eagles to chase a state championship dream that just came up short, his accomplishments included becoming the third eden prairie player in nine years to be named minnesota mr. hockey and being ranked third among north american skaters by the nhl’s central scouting service.his name should be called friday night in the first round at united center.“it’ll be a bit of a relief,” mittelstadt said. “it’s been a stressful year, not only for me, but for my whole family. but there’s a lot o






eden prairie's mittelstadt rides excitement, stress as nhl draft nears


casey mittelstadt is due to arrive in chicago with his mom and two brothers wednesday. father tom will pick them up at the airport for the beginning of the end of the much-hyped eden prairie star and future gopher’s journey toward being drafted in the nhl.after mittelstadt returned for his senior season with the eagles to chase a state championship dream that just came up short, his accomplishments included becoming the third eden prairie player in nine years to be named minnesota mr. hockey and being ranked third among north american skaters by the nhl’s central scouting service.his name should be called friday night in the first round at united center.“it’ll be a bit of a relief,” mittelstadt said. “it’s been a stressful year, not only for me, but for my whole family. but there’s a lot o






eden prairie's mittelstadt rides excitement, stress as nhl draft nears


casey mittelstadt is due to arrive in chicago with his mom and two brothers wednesday. father tom will pick them up at the airport for the beginning of the end of the much-hyped eden prairie star and future gopher’s journey toward being drafted in the nhl.after mittelstadt returned for his senior season with the eagles to chase a state championship dream that just came up short, his accomplishments included becoming the third eden prairie player in nine years to be named minnesota mr. hockey and being ranked third among north american skaters by the nhl’s central scouting service.his name should be called friday night in the first round at united center.“it’ll be a bit of a relief,” mittelstadt said. “it’s been a stressful year, not only for me, but for my whole family. but there’s a lot o






eden prairie upsets wayzata, the defending state champion, in class 4a


the last time eden prairie pitcher jack zigan faced wayzata, he gave up four runs in the first inning, then shut out the trojans for the rest of the game. that mid-may loss paid dividends thursday."i learned how to get those guys out," zigan said. "off-speed on the first pitch, then paint the outside corners."the senior relied on that knowledge in the opening quarterfinal of the class 4a baseball state tournament at chs field, pitching a complete game in a 6-1 victory over the no. 1-seeded trojans, the defending champions. zigan scattered eight hits and gave up just one unearned run."we've lost six games in a row to them," zigan said. "that was nice to finally get a victory."in friday's semifinals, eden prairie will play lakeville north at noon, and forest lake will play woodbury at 2:30 p






future gopher and ep native mittelstadt drafted no. 8 overall by buffalo


chicago – eden prairie high school phenom casey mittelstadt was taken eighth overall in the nhl draft by the buffalo sabres on friday night at united center.“it’s a dream come true,” mittelstadt said. “my family is super excited for me and going to a great place like buffalo makes draft night even better.”said sabres gm jason botterill: “the speed he plays at, the skill he has, he’s a dynamic offensive player.”buffalo’s coach is south st. paul native phil housley, who is a former high school coach at stillwater after a storied nhl career that ended with induction in the hockey hall of fame.mittelstadt will be a freshman at the university of minnesota next season. he turned down a chance to play for the gophers early to return for his senior season at eden prairie, hoping for a state title.






eden prairie confronts affordable housing shortage as somali families are squeez


eden prairie families that rely the most on affordable housing say they are being squeezed out of the suburb.the wealthy west metro city is, like many other suburbs, grappling with a lack of affordable housing. but unlike cities where the problem has been affordable housing converted into luxury apartments, somali families say that eden prairie’s shortage is due to landlords refusing section 8 vouchers.the issue has spurred a community forum thursday that’s expected to draw more than 200 residents and city, county and state leaders. the event, organized by catholic and jewish faith leaders, service organizations and affordable housing advocates, aims to press city leaders to maintain the affordable housing already there, add more units and protect tenants.the city’s last affordable rental






man's 140-pound tumor likely started as ingrown hair


roger logan had spent most of the past five years living in an armchair due to his m ive tumor.(p o: getty images)(newser) – when roger logan started gaining weight in his stomach, doctors told the 57-year-old mississippi man it was "just fat," the bakersfield californian reports. not quite. according to kero, logan is recovering after traveling across the country to california to have a 130-pound growth removed from his abdomen. (the californian says it was 140 pounds.) doctors say the benign tumor, which started growing about 12 years ago, probably began as an ingrown hair. but it kept growing until it was m ive and had its own blood supply. logan had spent most of the past five years living in an armchair, unable to run his antique store or go fishing.after false starts and depression,