DL News Staff
Last week was the funeral for Donny, 73. Born with Down syndrome at a time when society hid away the mentally handicapped, Donny was fortunate to spend the last decades of his life in the arms of a loving family who cared for him through thick and thin. After the funeral at the big church in town, the basement was filled with chattering locals as well as those who traveled a great distance to remember Donny's life. Donny was a character.
If you will be driving in northern Minnesota -- especially Becker County this Memorial Weekend -- wear your seatbelt and stay within the speed limit. Area law enforcement agencies will be on patrol this holiday, which traditionally signals the start of the summer tourist season. Lt. Mike Hanson of the Minnesota State Patrol, Detroit Lakes, said Memorial Weekend is normally busy in terms of motorists.
A Waubun man was killed in an all-terrain accident near White Earth Sunday. Warren LaDue, 78, was pronounced dead at the scene, which was along County Road 21, about 3.5 miles north of White Earth. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said it appears that LaDue's ATV went down an embankment and was thrown from the ATV, striking a fence. Gordon said it appears that speed was not a factor in the accident.
The good news for the Detroit Lakes softball team was it was able to record the second earned run given up this season by Thief River Falls' pitcher Brittany Johnson. The bad news it was the Lakers' only run. Johnson held the No. 5 Lakers to just two hits as the No. 4 Prowlers downed DL 4-1 in the first round of the Sub-Section 8-2 playoffs Tuesday in TRF. DL senior pitcher Steph Wilson was also up to the task, allowing just one earned run and scattering six hits.
The Perham Pirates defeated the host Bluffton Braves by a score of 4-1 Sunday afternoon. The Pirates scored two in the top of the first with leadoff hitter Chris Engberg singling to center. Mike Winjum followed with a single to center. Phil Kirchner bunted the runners over, Noah Johnson singled in Engberg for the first run. Winjum scored the second run for the Pirates on a dropped fly ball in left field off the bat of Peyton Burkman. The Pirates used some speed on the bases in the third, as Kirchner doubled with one out.
The Detroit Lakes Middle School girls' golf team and the boys' junior varsity teams ended their seasons after a busy schedule. For the Middle School girls, they played at Bemidji May 8 and finished fourth. The Lakers also lost to Moorhead May 8 at Village Green by the score of 482 to 503. For the JV boys, DL won the Blueberry Pines Invite May 9, with a score of 325 out of a five-team field, in which the Lakers were the only JV team with the rest being varsity. At Wildflower May 11, DL finished third with a 356 and the second team was eighth at 405.
Hole in One Club Don Engen of Detroit Lakes made a hole in one at the Maple Hills Golf Course Friday, May 19, on hole seven, a 158-yard shot using a five wood. Witnesses were Jan Engen and Heath Anderson. DLMGA Wednesday League results The Valesco Mortgage and Pro Systems teams are tied for the lead of the Detroit Lakes Men's Golf Association Wednesday League after two weeks of play. Results are as follows: Valesco Mortgage 12, Pro Systems 12, Seaberg Power Sports 10, Team LAB 10, Bremer Bank No.
It was nearly 62 years ago that the worst North Atlantic Ocean storm of the 20th century imperiled Allied convoys traveling to and from the United States and England. One such convoy fought the storm for nearly a month as it traveled east. Approximately 80 ships -- destroyers, oil tankers, tugboats, barges -- left the United States in late September. It wasn't long before the convoy, commanded by Captain Alfred Lind, encountered rough seas, wiped by 50 to 60 knot winds. At times, the waves topped 60 feet in height. Several tug boats and barges were sunk. Sailors perished.