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Tingelstad headed to EGF

She's not going far, but one of the area's top athletes is transferring. Ashley Tingelstad, who won Minnesota Class 1A state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 for Lake Park-Audubon at this year's state track meet, is transferring to East Grand Forks...

She's not going far, but one of the area's top athletes is transferring.

Ashley Tingelstad, who won Minnesota Class 1A state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 for Lake Park-Audubon at this year's state track meet, is transferring to East Grand Forks.

"It's definitely going to be weird, but I think it's going to be fun," said Tingelstad, who is going to be a senior. "...I didn't think I would transfer, but I decided a little while after track ended."

Tingelstad, who is also a standout basketball player and has been playing with a summer league hoops team in EGF, lived with her aunt while attending LP-A. Her mother, Lisa Sparks, recently bought a house in East Grand Forks.

Sparks had lived on the air force base in Grand Forks, N.D, but the move to Minnesota helped sweeten the deal, she said.

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It was also important to Tingelstad to be closer to her younger siblings, Alexa and Zach.

"My mom wanted me to transfer to Grand Forks Central, but I didn't want to go to school in North Dakota. I wanted to run track in Minnesota," Tingelstad said. "I also didn't spend a lot of time with my brother and sister, and thought my last year of high school would be a good time to do it.

"It was a tough decision, but I think it's the best one."

Readers can reach Forum sports writer Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548.

Collins' prep sports blog can be found at www.areavoices.com

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