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Former GC superintendent to be inducted in UW-RF Hall of Fame

By Cara L. Dempski

GLENWOOD CITY — Wallace Lindholm is part of a group that accomplished a feat no other team at a local university has repeated.

The former Glenwood City superintendent was part of the first UW-River Falls basketball squad to win four conference championships in a row. There have been teams to win three championships, but according to Lindholm, no one else has gotten to four.

He attended UW-River Falls from 1946 to 1950, and the team he played on will be honored October 6 as inductees in the UW-RF Hall of Fame. He and one other team member, Newman Benson, are the only two members left from the 1946-1950 championship teams.

Lindholm will be the sole attendee of the induction ceremony, since Benson lives in Arizona.

“I think there will be five young people inducted, and then they asked about inducting our team,” he explained. “There will be a dinner and a ceremony Friday, October 6.’

The former Hilltopper administrator is a life-long sports fan, who coached several sports teams during his career in education. He also played baseball as a young man.

Lindholm, who hails from Minnesota, said he always wanted to work in a position where he could help people, and was glad to end up  at Glenwood City.

“They have been so good to me here, I am so happy to have the friends I’ve made,” he said.

The former superintendent said he maintained his love of sports even after his retirement and subsequent service to the state Superintendent. It seemed to surprise him that so many people he worked with at other districts found his presence at sporting events unusual.

“They would ask me what I was doing there,” Lindholm laughed. “I told them, I like sports, so I’m watching.”

The Glenwood City resident and his wife are both retired now, but he credits her with being his biggest supporter through school, respective careers, and 67 years of marriage.

The Friday-night induction will be hosted by UW-River Falls and the Shriners, who are hosting the “Little East/West” parade and football game the following day as part of the Falcons’ homecoming celebration.

The October 6 dinner and ceremony will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center. Lindholm’s team will be inducted with former Falcon athletes Krystal Brune Brown (volleyball), Sarah Carlson Anderson (soccer), Jill Crandall (track and field), Rich Melzer (men’s basketball), Glenn Oehlke (football), and George Hansen (positive contributor).

The Shriners/Homecoming parade October 7 will start at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street, and the Falcons will take on the UW-Plattville Pioneers at Ramer Field starting at 1 p.m. Hall of Fame inductees will be honored on the field during halftime.