DL News Staff
Three new studies might be flawed in their conclusions, but they do serve to advance the national discussion about alternative fuels. In the first study, several researchers warned about exaggerated expectations that ethanol could dramatically change the nation's dependence on foreign oil by replacing gasoline. What "exaggerated expectations" are they talking about? The fledgling ethanol industry (which, we note, has significant support from auto companies that are building and selling more and more flex-fuel vehicles) does not claim to be the ultimate solution to the nation's dependence
Necessity is the mother of invention, the old saying goes. That seems to be the case in finding new revenue sources to help shore up a woefully inadequate road and bridge infrastructure. The Legislature has failed to come to grips with adequate transportation funding, not able to budget the state gasoline tax, set at 20 cents a gallon in 1988 and unmoved since. And when lawmakers a year ago did agree to a major transportation package which called for a 10-cent boost in the tax over two years, Gov.
People like to complain about where they live. About taxes. About traffic. About things that aren't the way they used to be. About why we can't have this or why we can't have that. But sometimes all that griping drowns out the positive elements of a community. The latest population projections from the US Census Bureau show that Alexandria must be doing a lot of things right. People like living here. The city's population has steadily climbed from 8,820 in 2000 to the newest 2005 estimate of 10,603.
The local BMX scene might suffer a serious wipe out. Tate Jansen, who runs the track, has announced that this is his third and final year of doing so. The track will have to shut down if no one takes his place. The 412 BMX track is located on the Becker County Fairgrounds, near the grandstand. The track was funded with donations from the community. Jansen said he is too busy to keep running it. "I have a full time job at a high profile restaurant in Detroit Lakes (Zorbaz) and I work six days a week," he said. Jansen didn't always feel that way about the BMX scene.
After a dominating regular season, the Detroit Lakes U-14 boys' soccer team was rewarded with a golden ticket, enabling them to bypass the League playoffs and go directly to the state tournament. The squad claimed the League championship with a 6-0 victory over Fergus Falls in the regular season finale, snapping a tie with Alexandria -- which had the same record, but a lower point differential. DL needed to win its final two games by a 3-0 margin in each, but instead took the final duo matches by the final scores of 6-0 each.
Well, the United States is out of the 2006 Soccer World Cup and the Italians are World Champions. This is hardly news to those that have been following the World Cup action; they were there watching and wincing when the U.S. men's team lost 3-0 against a top-class Czech Republic team, tied Italy 1-1 (although the U.S. players were the beneficiaries of an Italian "own goal" and didn't actually score themselves), and lost to Ghana 2-1 because of a suspect penalty ruling in Ghana's favor. Yeah, it's a tough time to be a U.S.
The mud got stickier for the Detroit Lakes American Legion baseball team over the weekend, as they sunk lower and lower in the standings after going 0-3 in the Duluth Legion Baseball Tournament. All three games heavily favored Post 15's opponents, which outscored the DL squad by a combined mark of 31-6. "It just didn't seem (the team) wanted to be there and didn't want to play and it showed," said DL head coach Keith Blattenbauer. "It was a stressful and long weekend for the coaches, at the least." DL opened tournament play against Fridley, losing 9-3.
Water Carnival Tournament schedule Thursday West Fargo vs. Aberdeen 3 p.m. Detroit Lakes vs. West Fargo 5:30 p.m. Detroit Lakes vs. Aberdeen 8 p.m. Friday Duluth East vs. New Ulm 3 p.m. Mankato vs. New Ulm 5:30 p.m. Duluth East vs. Mankato 8 p.m. Saturday West Fargo vs. New Ulm 9 a.m. Aberdeen vs. New Ulm 11:30 a.m. Detroit Lakes vs. Duluth East 2 p.m. Mankato vs. West Fargo 4:30 p.m. Detroit Lakes vs. Mankato 7 p.m. Sunday Duluth East vs. Aberdeen 9 a.m. Mankato vs. Aberdeen 11:30 a.m. Duluth East vs. West Fargo 3:30 p.m. Detroit Lakes vs. New Ulm 6 p.m.
The VFW Izzo's baseball team went 1-3 in a four-game stretch, falling to Thief River Falls twice, but rebounding with a win over Bemidji. Doug Dickey threw four innings Thursday, July 6, giving up five runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out two for Izzo's. The Prowlers gained all the offense they needed in the top of the first, by picking up three runs with a walk, two hits and a ground out. They tallied single runs in the second and fourth, with two-out rallies, to put the game out of reach.
A recent study found that in the year 2004, Americans reported having 30 percent fewer close friends than they did in 1985. One-quarter of the population reported having no close friends at all. This increased "social isolation," as the professors call it, came as a complete surprise to the researchers who conducted the study. In fact, they had embarked on their study hoping to discredit the 1995 book Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam. Putnam took a look at bowling leagues, among other groups, and found that people just aren't getting together like they used to.