DL News Staff
Michael Dodes Columnist Tonight, the 20th Olympic Games will come to an end. The majestic flame that represents so much to so many will be brought down, only to wait for its triumphant return in 2010. It has been two weeks of extreme highs and many extreme lows. We saw a young snowboarder by the name of Shaun White have inspiring success. At the young age of 19, he achieved his dream of being the best in the world. At the other end of the spectrum, we saw Michelle Kwan, a legend in her own time, pull out of what is likely to be her last Olympics because of an injury.
A Ponsford man made his first appearance in Becker County District Court on three felony charges Tuesday. District Judge Lisa Borgen set bond at $50,000 against Rex Robbins, Jr., 22, of 29446 465th Avenue. His next court appearance is March 6. Robbins is charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and two counts of first-degree criminal damage to property. According to the court complaint, Robbins allegedly used a .22-caliber rifle to break the windows out of two vehicles at a Pine Point residence on Monday.
A Detroit Lakes High School (Class of 1973) alumna's short film will be screened at the Fargo Film Festival. Producer/director Gayle Knutson's humorous short film "If There Were no Lutherans...Would There Still be Green Jell-O?" will show at the festival Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. The film is described as, "One man. One sign. One heck of an impact.
A Detroit Lakes man made his first appearance in Becker County District Court on four charges Wednesday. District Judge Lisa Borgen set bond at $10,000 against Wayne Gjerde, 41, of 26761 Lidstrom Road.
Residents of the lakes area are invited purchase Jess-Omundson VFW Post 1676's the "Joy of Sharing" Cookbook. It is on sale through March 25. All proceeds will benefit the VFW National Home for Children, an 81-year-old community caring for children and families of veterans. The cookbook is available at the Post building at 500 Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes. The cookbook contains 199 recipes from Post/Auxiliary members. Even the VFW National Home for Children has participated in the creation of the cookbook by contributing recipes.
I bagged my first wild turkey while hunting in Goodhue County near Rochester. There were few, if any, turkeys anywhere else in our state. The National Wild Turkey Foundation changed all that. Captured wild birds -- often from the Ozark Mountains, sometimes from the local flocks -- were released. In many locations they thrived. Our local birds are the result of a release program in the mid-1990s, beginning at Hubbel Pond and near the Cormorant Lakes Sportsmen's Club. At these sites and at others in Becker County the wild birds thrived.
The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will hold its annual state habitat banquet in conjunction with the annual outdoor expo in Duluth on Saturday, March 4. Both events will be held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The 3rd annual Outdoor Expo is 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. It features special seminars on such topics as bovine tuberculosis, meat processing and future deer management. Persons can bring deer antlers for scoring that morning. There will also be over 100 vendor booths. The 19th annual habitat banquet will be at 4:30-10 p.m.
There will be a spring season in Minnesota and 24 other states to harvest of snow geese, including blue-phased, and the smaller Ross' geese. The Minnesota season will be March 1-April 30. "Minnesota is at the extreme eastern edge of the spring migration through the Midwest," according to Ray Norrgard, Wetland Wildlife Program leader with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "March weather, particularly snow and ice conditions, can have a tremendous effect on the migration routes of light geese." A spring light goose permit is required and may be obtained after Feb.
Ducks Unlimited is applauding the Bush administration's proposal to fully fund the federal Wetlands Reserve Program. The proposal is contained in the Fiscal Year 2007 budget, which President Bush submitted to Congress last week. The appropriation would allow enrollment of 250,000 acres in WRP this year.
Minnesotans are being urged to participate in the 2006 precinct caucuses on Tuesday, March 7. Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer said caucus-goers can also participate in a gubernatorial straw poll to be held that evening at each precinct meeting. "That ballot will be reported centrally, on the secretary of state Web site, and results will be available beginning at about 7:15 p.m.