DL News Staff
As the regular season finally comes to an end, a new beginning starts to reveal itself for the area's amateur baseball teams. This time every year, each team has the slate wiped clean. For some it may hurt a little to see a dominant record suddenly become less important. Yet for others, a glimpse of fresh hope arrives. No longer do the errors, missed games or horrific collapses mean anything. Everybody starts again at 0-0 on Wednesday night. The Dent Wildcats got off to a hot start this season, going 4-0 in the league. But illusions of grandeur were quickly put to bed.
The hot and dry weather has caused the lawns to turn brown and crops to wilt, sights we haven't seen in these parts for ten years or more. The water level on the swamp in front of my house has fallen about fifteen inches since spring. The receding water has exposed long-fallen tree limbs draped in swamp weeds, as well as mud flats on the swamp's edge where water once stood. The mud flats draw shore birds such as sandpipers and killdeer.
I shed tears last Friday and I probably will again today. I also shed tears on June 2 in Fargo for Spec. Hermanson, and June 17 in Bismarck for Sgt. Vanzoeste. It's not that I like to cry -- it's not very manly. But I just can't help it as we honor these soldiers who have truly given their last full measure of devotion. On Friday I had the privilege and honor to be allowed to escort Corp. Troy Linden home from Fargo with the Patriot Guard Riders. I did not know Troy, but in a town like Detroit Lakes I certainly saw him several times during his high school years.
Members of Congress are in the process of holding hearings throughout the country concerning proposed immigration legislation. Meanwhile, please contact Minnesota Congressional delegation members urging that the enforcement-only House bill be rejected. This harsh and unworkable bill makes all undocumented a felon to be deported, and those who assist an undocumented person to be charged with a felony. Hundreds of miles of fence are being constructed along the border.
Last week's headlines didn't look good for corn-based ethanol: "Food-crop biofuels given thumbs down." "Ethanol is sort of a drop in the bucket, scientists warn." "Ethanol no 'silver bullet' for world's fuel problems." In many cases, ethanol supporters did not care for stories that went with the headlines around the world any better than they liked the headlines. Nature.com reported: "Producing biofuels such as ethanol from food crops isn't worth the effort." Grist Magazine's Web site added: "A new study casts serious doubt on ethanol's status as a green wonder-fuel." Farm-state
The best part of a heat wave is the moment it breaks. Indeed, many would say that's the only feature worth having -- like the shift that arrived with welcome abruptness and a special sweetness on Monday evening, just after dinner, the temperature falling from 112 to 70 in a half-hour. OK, the actual drop in Minneapolis was from 91 degrees to 86 over the three hours starting at 5 p.m. But if you were outside after 8, and it's a pity if you weren't, it felt much bigger.
Nov. 1, 1923-July 15, 2006 Robert C. Nustad, 82, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, July 15, 2006 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Robert Conway Nustad was born to Joseph and Myra (Verbeck) Nustad on Nov. 1, 1923 in Detroit Lakes. He was a 1942 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, and farmed with his parents. Robert married Bessie Lewis in Detroit Lakes on Oct. 15, 1944. They farmed in Lake View Township near Detroit Lakes during their entire married life.
March 31, 1921-July 15, 2006 W. Ted Anderson, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, July 15, 2006 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes. Winfred Theodore "Ted" Anderson was born to Alfred and Mildred (Hadley) Anderson on March 31, 1921 in Parkers Prairie, Minn.. where he graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1939. He then attended Macalester College in St. Paul, where he served as a co-captain of the 1942 football team. He served with the U.S. Navy, 1942-43, and the U.S. Marines 1943-46.
A Frazee couple withdrew their request Tuesday for a conditional use permit to operate a 4,000-swine feedlot in Clay County's Ulen Township. Robert Briard and his wife, Virginia, said they decided six hours before a Clay County Planning Commission meeting Tuesday night to withdraw their request. "One has to look at the big picture," Robert Briard said. "We made the right business decision." The Briards wanted to place two hog barns on 10 acres of land in northwestern Clay County.
You most likely noticed the group if you attended Wednesday's funeral for U.S. Army Cpl. Troy Linden, Detroit Lakes. They were the ones wearing T-shirts, blue jeans, boots and vests. Some arrived in Detroit Lakes on their motorcycles. Others drove cars and pickups. They herald from across Minnesota, North Dakota and elsewhere.