DL News Staff
Grant M. (Matt) Thompson was recently promoted to the rank of staff sergeant with the North Dakota Air National Guard. Sergeant Thompson joined the Air Guard in 2001 and serves with the 119th Fighter Wing Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in aircraft armament systems. He is a 1998 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. The North Dakota Air National Guard's state mission is to Support local law enforcement in the preservation of peace and order in the state under the command of the governor.
Anglers anxious for the May 13 walleye fishing opener will find most public boat launches in good condition. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Trails and Waterways Division is making a special effort to ensure all boat launches are ready by that date. However, repairs to launches depend on the weather. "Work crews are making good progress to prepare the public water accesses for the upcoming fishing season," said Suzann Willhite, DNR Water Recreation Program coordinator. "However, many lakes still have ice.
This is the time of year when some Midwest walleye anglers get excited. They know that some of the best walleye action of the year has started, or is getting close to starting. From the Missouri River all the way east to the rivers that run into Lake Michigan, walleyes are beginning to make their pre-spawn movement upriver. It's at this time of year when they can be caught in big numbers, and the chance for a real trophy is there also. Here's how you can get in on this action. Look for groups of walleyes to be on the edge of the current or in the slack water just out of the current.
If the major sportsmen's groups, biologists, lawmakers and hunters ever get the waterfowl numbers restored, we'll be able to harvest a number of them with efficient shotgun shells. We acceded to the demands of biologists two decades ago, that there is a threat to waterfowl if we don't accept non-toxic shells. We did all that, suffered through some poor performing substitutes. Things did get better. Non-toxic ammo improved.
Detroit Lakes angler Dick Beardsley will present "Tips and Tricks for Fishing in Minnesota," at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center near Fergus Falls on Tuesday, May 9. Beardsley will have his boat and fishing gear at the center, beginning at 6 p.m. The program starts at 7 p.m. Beardsley will discuss ways to be a successful walleye and northern pike angler. Attendees can enter a drawing for a half-day guided fishing trip with him. The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center is located on State Highway 210 East, south of Fergus Falls, one mile from exit 57 off I-94.
Ottertail Lake will be one of the stops this year on the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail. The tournament will be held June 13-15, with 60 anglers competing for $159,000 in cash and prizes. Lund Boats is sponsoring the Ottertail stop, and will host a "meet and greet" with the public, featuring 14 Lund pro staff members who will be fishing the tournament. Among the Lund members intending to fish are Tom Backer of Fargo, N.D., and Mark Christianson of Walker.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will accept applications for the 2006 Minnesota black bear hunting season through May 5. This year, 14,850 licenses will be available in 11 permit areas in northern and central Minnesota. The season will run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 15. Applications can be made through the Electronic Licensing System agents throughout the state, by calling 1-888-MNLICEN (665-4236) or online at www.dnr . state.mn.us. Licenses for the no-quota area, which is the area outside of the 11 permit areas, can be purchased directly at any agent beginning July 1.
Now is the time of the year when prospective students across the country are receiving their financial aid award offers. Most students will likely have two or three or more varying awards in front of them from different colleges and universities. But not all awards are created equal. How are a student and his or her family supposed to tell the good from the bad? "There are three key steps to evaluate college awards and making sure you are comparing apples to apples," said Scott Anderson or www.RealCollegeSavings . Com and author of "STOP!
People often say that time goes by too quickly. In fact, as I near graduation, I find myself saying that same thing more than ever. It seems like only yesterday I was headed off to my first day of pre-school, and now I'm only weeks away from the end of my high school career. Now, more than ever, it seems that life in general is becoming faster paced. New technology debuts every day, promising to make things go more quickly whether they be checkout stands at the grocery store or cooking a meal at home. Shortcuts have become part of everyday life and are used by many.