DL News Staff
High numbers of deer tick-transmitted disease cases are still being reported in Minnesota, including cases in several new areas, leading state health officials to conclude that many Minnesotans are not taking the relatively simple precautions necessary to prevent illness. A total of 918 Lyme disease cases were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health in 2005, similar to the record level of 1,023 set in 2004. Also, a record 186 human anaplasmosis cases were reported during 2005.
So much of the time anglers think of the weedline as being a good place to fish for largemouth bass, and those anglers are right. Lots of bass can be found along a weedline. But there are also lots of other species of fish that live along the weedline. In many bodies of water the weedline is where walleyes, northern pike, muskies, crappies and other panfish will be found. When we think of our yard, weeds aren't desirable.
Results from this spring's Minnesota ruffed grouse drumming count survey indicated the increase for which hunters and others have been waiting. The annual count was the highest since 2001, with increases observed in all survey regions except the southeast, where counts were stable. Counts had been at the low end of the 10-year cycle for the past four years. "It's always tough to predict when the upswing will start," said Mike Larson, DNR grouse research biologist.
Everything in the outdoor sports industry is either big or is attempting to get bigger. The Gander Mountain stores at Baxter and at Forest Lake is partnering with Crystal-Pierz, the watercraft company. Crystal-Pierz is the world's largest retailer of boats (Lund Glastron, Crestliner brands, among others). The two Gander stores will have 1,200 boat models available, Bass Pro Shops This St. Louis-based outfit is really big all over the southern states. This company has plans to build a marina on the Mississippi River, some place in the northern wanderings of the great river.
At about the same time that the Becker County Sportsmen's Club began shooting southeast of Detroit Lakes, a commercial shooting club near Perham was established. LeRoy Atkinson developed the trap and skeet club on his property and opened it to the public. After a slow start, the enterprise grew to five trap fields and five skeet fields. The state skeet shoot has been held at this location twice in the past 20 years. Now, Atkinson has added a well-planned sporting clays field.
A segment of the Willard Munger State Trail in Carlton County, running from the town of Thomson approximately four miles northeast to the Kangas Road, an area just north of Jay Cooke State Park, is closed until July 7 for resurfacing. Trail heads and trail access points will have maps posted for an alternate route. Two and one half miles of the alternate route is gravel road, the rest is paved. "While we regret the inconvenience this may cause for trail users," said Joe Russell, DNR Area Trails and Waterways supervisor. "This important trail segment desperately needs surface repair.
Imagine the hot sun blaring down while being surrounded by thousands of teenagers with mo-hawks, throw in some loud music and you've got The Warped Tour 2006. The actual number of attendants was close to 11,000. Most of those were teenagers but there was a trickle of people in their 30's and 40's. The bands that appealed to the young at heart were Joan Jett and The Buzzcocks. The Buzzcocks are actually Kevin Lyman's (the creator of The Warped Tour) favorite band. The Buzzcocks are a 70's British rock group. The tour came to Minneapolis June 18.
March 10, 1948-June 20, 2006 Former Lake Park resident Gerald "Jerry" Lord, 58, of Parker, Colo., died peacefully, with his family beside him on Tuesday, June 20, 2006. Jerry was born to Lyle W. and Bessie (Stover) Lord on March 10, 1948, in Detroit Lakes. Jerry graduated from Lake Park High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, farmer, and was recently employed in the financial securities industry as a network administrator. Jerry was married to Kathy Kunert on March 18, 1967 in Amarillo, Texas. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman and baseball fan.
June 27, 1922-June 21, 2006 Fern Erdahl, 83, of Fargo, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Fern Hills was born June 27, 1922, in Kerkhoven, Minn. She attended schools in Willmar, Minn., and graduated from Willmar High School. Fern married Ralph Erdahl on Aug. 25, 1946 at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in Fargo. She worked for the North Dakota Air National Guard, retiring in 1982.
Fore! Or in Rick Hutchinson's and Karter Smith's case... 20-fore! The two Detroit Lakes youth golfers will be partaking in a unique challenge Tuesday when they play 24 straight hours of golf at the Ironman Golf Course, to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of DL. It's somewhat ironic that the two golfers' stage is Ironman Golf Course, because it will take some iron will to make it through that many hours -- and holes -- of golf. "The challenge will be to not get tired," said Smith, who is 10-years old and is the son of Ironman Golf Course owner and Golf Pro Kris Smith.