HILL HONORED Congratulations to five-time world champion boxer Virgil Hill, who last week was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. His career record was 50-7. Hill was born in Missouri but grew up in North Dakota, won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics. As a professional, Hill twice won the light heavyweight championship, defending his title a total of 20 times during his two reigns. Almost all of his championship fights took place in North Dakota, mostly in Bismarck, which allowed Hill to build a huge following of fans in the state. "Quicksilver," as Hill became known, was a tireless worker in the ring, a slick boxer with speed who often simply outhustled opponents to win. He wasn't known for his power, but no one was ever better shape than Hill was for his matches. He lost two of his biggest fights, to Thomas Hearns and Roy Jones Jr., but rebounded both times to have a hugely successful career. Hill was also an ambassador for North Dakota, carrying the state flag with him into the ring. Congratulations to Hill on a well-deserved honor.
HELPING STORM VICTIMS Contributions from the Minot area will soon be distributed to Superstorm Sandy victims on the East Coast. The truckload of clothing and other goods collected in Minot last month was delivered to New Jersey and New York locations after leaving Minot Dec. 3. The clothing was given to a Salvation Army thrift store in New Jersey, replenishing the store's supply. All of the donated items were no doubt welcomed by recipients on the coast, after the massive storm swept through the area. It's not surprising that Minot and other area residents boosted what started as a small project into something much bigger, ending in a truckload of contributions.