Elsie M. Nelson

When Elsie's career in the bowling industry started she was a novice. She had her father to mentor and guide her into a very successful proprietor. She was a pioneer in the bowling center management being the only woman in a man's world. She had a lot of determination. Under her management came one of the most popular and unique tournaments in our area. The Lucky '13' tournament became an instant hit and continues to run today. Managing her bowling center was her priority. She was there from early morning till late at night every day of the week. She created and supported each of her leagues like no other. From young to old she was there for them. She especially enjoyed working with the little ones; they created a special place in her heart. She was very devoted to the charities and donated a lot to the Shriner's for the Children's Hospital. The Eldercare Senior Care Center was another favorite of Elsie's. Elsie has her bowling story/history featured on a special "Night Line" television program on Channel 2. It focused on how she coped with the pressures and challenges associated with her profession. Elsie was a member of the Minneapolis Women's Bowling Association Board of Directors. She hosted the Minneapolis Women's City Tournament and the Minneapolis "600 Club" Tournament numerous times. She was a member of the Bowling Proprietors Association and she served as an officer to them. Elsie was a key factor and major contributor her whole life to the great sport of bowling. She was owner, manager and proprietor for Elsie's Lanes in Northeast Minneapolis for many years. She was very proud of her two sons Bill and Rob and their families for all their encouragement and support over the years.

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Meritorious Service
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Womens' WIBC Hall of Fame