DL News Staff
With unseasonably warm temperatures adversely affecting ice conditions across the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is advising winter anglers to check the ice around their fish houses. If conditions warrant it, anglers should consider removing them while the ice is still strong enough. DNR officials are particularly concerned the larger wood and metal fish houses commonly left on the ice overnight can melt down into the surface, making removal very difficult if the ice re-freezes, or sink if ice conditions continue to deteriorate.
The current Washington scandal involving lobbyists and our public officials is actually quite refreshing. If you have a pail of spoiled meat you must remove the lid before you clean the pail. Thankfully, the lid is now off. A little Lysol won't do the job. Brillo pads and elbow grease are needed to clean this pail. The first major lesson is the pitfalls of power concentration. When power is centralized around one party, as we currently have in Washington, the old saying that 'power corrupts' proves true. Do we have current and living proof of that? The sagebrush.
I just want to comment on what an honor it was for our area to have a local young man compete in the ESPN X-games. For those of you who don't follow snowmobile racing or X-games, our local racer, Matt Piche, qualified and was invited to the prestigious ESPN X-games in Aspen, Colo. X-games are somewhat like the Olympics, where athletes from the USA compete against athletes from other countries for the bronze, silver, and gold medals.
Peter Balega Columnist Recently we were given the rare opportunity to observe as certain members of the United States Senate attempted to make sausage when the time wasn't right. And as we had been warned, it wasn't pretty. For anyone who bothered to watch, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court provided a window into the souls of various individuals of that august body of leadership.
Pony Express By Lynn Hummel I heard during the last 15 seconds of a radio program the other day about the difference between cheap and greedy. Having missed so much on such an interesting subject, I decided to explore it myself. Thrift, of course, is a great American virtue, an American tradition. For parents like mine, married during the Great Depression, thrift wasn't so much a choice as an absolute necessity. In those days, a lucky kid had two pairs of pants - one for school and one for play.
Conduct a windshield survey of vehicles on area streets and you'll find a significant percentage of foreign makes. The auto scene mirrors consumer preferences across the nation. More buyers have been -- and are -- purchasing cars made by foreign manufacturers. If the anecdotal evidence is not convincing, the announcement last week by Ford Motor Co. that it will restructure its business is instructive. Some 30,000 Ford employees will lose their jobs in the next few years. Ford's bombshell followed an announcement a few months ago by General Motors, the world's largest (for now) automaker.
The Detroit Lakes Bantam Whites placed second out of nine teams Jan. 21-22, in Warroad. The team had a great weekend of hockey playing in a tough tournament. On top of the tough competition, they also had a short bench, only playing with two lines in a tournament filled with teams with at least 3 lines, on Olympic-size ice rink. The Lakers proved to be the best-conditioned team in the tournament, skating with the larger squads in each game. The Lakers drew a local team for the first round in the Fargo Flyers.
Becker County Sportsman by Bernie Revering Congress will soon begin debates on changes and. restrictions in matters concerning sportsmen who reload their own ammunition, and how many guns can an individual own. Gunpowder was classified as a hazardous substance about 10 years ago. Interstate shipments required an additional charge when a reloader received it through UPS or other common carrier. Now, the federal government may require your signature when you buy. Additionally, the powder may contain traceable tiny bits of another substance (taggants) that won't burn.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is making changes to the Grant-in-Aid Program by increasing accountability, oversight and simplifying the application process. This will make it more efficient for local trails clubs to receive assistance for trail maintenance and development. Grants are awarded annually by the DNR. The DNR has been working with counties and snowmobile clubs on changes to the snowmobile Grant-in-Aid Program.
Minnesota State University Moorhead will be one of 18 host sites in Minnesota for College Goal Sunday, a national-one-day event that provides free information and assistance to families who are filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is the federally required form for students seeking financial aid, such as grants and loans. Completing it is the first step in qualifying for aid. At MSUM, the event, aimed at students considering any kind of post-high school education, runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb.