As 2011 draws to a close, the time has come for me to look back to the beginning of the year and review the fearless prognostications made for the year by our peerless — and fearless — news staff.


As 2011 draws to a close, the time has come for me to look back to the beginning of the year and review the fearless prognostications made for the year by our peerless — and fearless — news staff.

We actually did pretty well; our new crystal ball performed much better than the relic we had been using for the past umpteen years. I suspect it will work until the warranty expires, which unfortunately was discarded with the box it came in along with the proof of purchase.

So, how did we do with our attempt to emulate the great Nostradamus?

1. The Minnesota River will crest above last year’s level, but below the historic levels of 1997 and 2001.

This one we got half wrong. The river crested at 19.84 feet on April 7, which was below the 20.13 foot crest in 2010, but below the levels of 1997 and 2001.

2. The proposed veterans home in Montevideo will continue to be on the back burner.

This turned out to be spot on, as well. One and a half correct so far.

3. The Legislature will approve public funding for a new Vikings stadium and Gov. Dayton will approve it.

Hope springs eternal in the hearts of Vikings fans, but no soap on this one. One wrong, and counting.

4. Worries about predictions the world will end in 2012 will grow, but not to the extent of those surrounding the beginning of the new millenium.

We haven’t heard much hoopla about this, so we will assume we were correct.

5. The federal deficit will continue to grow despite the expectations of Tea Party members.

This was a no brainer, but we’ll take it.

6. ISD No. 129 will ask voters to approve an operating levy and it will not pass.

The one nice thing about being a pessimist, when you’re wrong it feels good. The levy did indeed pass.

7. The Twins will repeat as AL Central Division champions.

We can’t lay this one totally at the feet of sports editor Bruce Olson. Our entire news staff booted this one. Maybe in 2012 the Twins will get their act back together.

8. The Gopher football program will improve under new head coach Jerry Kill, but will still have a losing record.

Spot on. Almost a no brainer, again, since the Gophers could hardly get any worse than they were under Tim Brewster.

9. The Vikings will pick up quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Washington Redskins to replace the retired — at long last — Bret Favre.

Bruce gets a feather in his beanie for this call. Too bad McNabb flopped about as badly as the Twins.

10. Osama bin Laden will continue to elude capture or death.

This one we threw out in the hopes that we would be wrong, and we were.

So, what’s the final tally? Six and a half right, three and a half wrong. Not too bad.

Watch for our predictions for 2012 in next week’s edition.
Excelsior!