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St. Croix Central Athletic Director Jeremy Kerg (right) makes the presentation that names the Panther baseball field in Mike Fern’s memory. To Kern’s right is Fern’s family, his wife Jody and his sons Nate, Jeff and Jared.

St. Croix Central baseball field dedicated in Mike Fern's memory

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Mike Fern would have bristled at the thought of people making a fuss over him.

But more than 100 of his friends and family members showed up last Thursday when the St. Croix Central High School baseball field was forever named “Mike Fern Field” before the Panthers’ game against Mondovi. Fern served as the Panthers’ baseball and basketball coach for more than a decade. He passed away in August 2013, following a 15-year battle against brain cancer.

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Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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