DL News Staff
This has been a tantalizing week with the weather -- just a teaser of sunshine and warmth, then back into the gloom and cold wind. The same has been true of migrants -- one day a few turn up, the next they are gone and there is nothing new. Only the vegetation seems to say spring is here. A Eurasian wigeon was discovered in northern Beltrami County May 17 by Jerry Bonkoski and Bob Janssen on Rice Paddy Road off CR 40.
Nothing since the defunct soil bank program of 30 years ago has any habitat endeavor been successful as the federal Conservation Reserve Program. It will be a part of the 2007 Farm Program, but its status in that legislation is in serious doubt. There are strong forces at work seeking to diminish funding for paying landowners to enroll their tracts. Another factor is the very high cost of oil. The manufacture of ethanol from corn -- for use in our cars -- is yet another reason to grow the row crop on acres that might otherwise remain in CRP.
So much of the time we get the idea that to consistently catch fish, we need to be out in a boat. While it is true that a boat will provide lots of fishing options, there are times when fish can be caught effectively from the shore. Spring and early summer are two of those times. Here are some ideas as to how you can have lots of fishing action with a minimum of equipment. Ponds and rivers are where many folks fish from shore, but there are areas on large bodies of water that provide excellent fishing action also.
The Becker County Sportsmen's Club adult and junior trap shooting teams were in full swing for their fourth week May 11. Everything is going smoothly with the shooting, recording scores, the computing of handicaps and points earned. Some of this is attributable to the efficient trap committee, chaired by Buck Cummings and Jack Misson of the Richwood Store team. Some of the league teams fired their first of five "floater" rounds May 11.
Minnesota State Community & Technical College and the Minnesota National Guard are collaborating to offer a one-day workshop at MSCTC-Detroit Lakes on Wednesday, June 7. The workshop, entitled "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon," is open to the public and the purpose is to help veterans and their families as soldiers reintegrate into our community, after having served in combat. This workshop, which runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Support programs Help us help you. Submit your listing for support groups to Pippi Mayfield at: firstname.lastname@example.org . SOHR group Sexual Orientation & Human Rights is committed to supporting people concerned with sexual orientation, human rights and gender issues, and to provide education related to these issues to the broader community. It meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-800-0350 ext. 524.
Elected state officials should select board members of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota to restore the health insurer's accountability to premium payers, Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch said. Hatch said the Minnesota Blues' administrative expenses have soared and the nonprofit has funneled at least $11 million into for-profit ventures that don't directly benefit policyholders. "It does not make sense for a health insurance company whose sole statutory requirement is to keep premiums down," Hatch said Monday during a Fargo news conference.
A felony complaint was filed against a Frazee man in Becker County District Court May 16. James Jacobson, 37, is accused of aggravated forgery. His first court appearance is June 5. According to the complaint, Jacobson allegedly presented a forged prescription at a Detroit Lakes pharmacy May 4 to obtain 60 tablets of oxycontin. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
The sun has set and there's little wind. This will be the perfect night. I slip on my tall wading boots and sneak out the door careful not to let it slam behind me. I have a head lamp strapped on tight so both hands are free. A short walk takes me to the edge of marsh. Each step is carefully placed not too stir up the muck too much as I wade into the cold water. It's still and eerie, but the songs are so loud I can't hear myself think. Tonight I search for these vocalists. It's the wood frog. Evenings and into the night is a great time to hear the calls of frogs in Becker County.
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