Turn Back the Clock: DNT's Bruce Bennett

By KBJR News 1

September 27, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 1:53 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The UMD athletic department will induct its newest Hall of Fame class this Friday night, including longtime Northland sportswriter Bruce Bennett.

Bennett, who was born without hands, loved his golf and his curling before passing away in 1998.

The Michigan graduate won several awards for his coverage of area sports with the Duluth News Tribune, and that led him to build many friendships around the area.

Then UMD women's basketball coach Karen Stromme reflected on Bennett's life upon hearing the news of his death.

"When you think of UMD basketball, he was UMD basketball for all practical purposes," Stromme said. "Before it was fashionable to be reporting on women, Bruce felt it was important, and he did that. I know more than anything, he treated our athletes with respect. He loved athletics and what athletics were about."

Then Duluth Mayor Gary Doty issued a statement following Bennett's death, calling him "one of the greatest sportswriters of all time."

Bennett was inducted into the DECC Hall of Fame back in 1986, and also was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame in 1997.

Now he, and five others, will be inducted as part of the 2011 class into the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.

Posted by Zach Schneider
zschneider@northlandsnewscenter.com