DL News Staff
WILLMAR - From "Roseau to Redwood Falls" illegal immigration is the top issue on voters minds throughout the 35 counties of Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, according to Michael Barrett. The Long Prairie pharmacist was endorsed Saturday as the Republican congressional candidate on a unanimous ballot at the 7th District Republican Congressional Convention in Willmar.
WILLMAR - Delegates at the 7th District Republican Convention Saturday in Willmar heard from a string of candidates who will be seeking Republican endorsement at the state convention in June, including Mark Kennedy, John Uldrich and Harold Shudlick, who are all vying for the Mark Dayton's seat in the U.S. Senate. Kennedy was the obvious favorite among the 7th district delegates and state office holders, like Sen.
WILLMAR - Fifty resolutions were addressed by delegates during the Republican 7th District convention Saturday in Willmar. Most resolutions were passed quickly, unanimously and with little or no debate. A resolution on praying "in Jesus' name" did get a fair amount of debate, with some delegates objecting to the lack of inclusiveness. The resolution said "We advocate freedom, including praying in Jesus' name, be allowed and unrestricted by local, state, and national government. All U.S.
ST. PAUL - Whether the 2006 Minnesota Legislature is successful may be determined this week. "It's decision-making time," Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, said Friday. Within the next few days, all major bills should pass and be sent to conference committees to work out differences between House and Senate versions.
Minnesota Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, tends to do something outrageous a few times each legislative session, but until last week he was quiet in 2006. On Wednesday, he stood up on the floor during the Twins ballpark construction debate, holding high a milk carton with Gov. Tim Pawlenty's picture attached. Rukavina said printing on the carton read: "Missing - have you seen this person? Gov. Tim Pawlenty has not been seen since the beginning of the Twins stadium debate." "None of us are getting leadership from the governor," he added.
What more could the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team be doing to add to its already historical season? Win more. The Lakers defended their Wildflower cup Tuesday, winning the Pelican Rapids Invite for the second consecutive year with a score of 332, thus tying the DLHS record for the second time this season. Senior Christine Herzog also remained unscathed over the week, earning medalist honors Tuesday at Wildflower -- while breaking a meet record with a 72 -- and tying for medalist honors Wednesday at the Alexandria golf meet.
Losing isn't the good thing about sports. For the Detroit Lakes boys' tennis team, Thursday's 4-3 loss to visiting Park Rapids brought out an extra bitter taste. "Losing is never fun, but this one was a bit tougher for several reasons," said DL head coach Jim Hinson. "First, it was so close and came down to the last point in the last match. Second, it was a conference rival who -- though young -- hung in there for the win. "But I think the toughest aspect of the loss today was that we made so many unforced errors.
Some missed opportunities by the Detroit Lakes baseball team, combined by giving some free opportunities to the visiting Bemidji Lumberjacks, resulted in a 7-2 loss Thursday at Washington Ballpark. The Lakers couldn't cash in on a bases loaded, one-out situation in the first inning, scoring just one run to answer Bemidji's unearned run in the top half of the frame.
The Frazee boys' track and field team remained on a consistent path by taking second in the Park Rapids meet Tuesday, with several personal best marks being set. Senior Evan Laine won the 400-meter dash with a personal best of 51.30, which is only .20 off the FHS record held by former Hornet Nick Courneya. In the high jump, junior Drew Daggett's personal best was enough to earn him that event with a mark of 6-04. Daggett also placed second in the 110 hurdles at 15.31 and was part of the victorious 4x200 relay team, which also included Cory Sandberg, Skyler Jackson and Laine.
With its fifth-place finish in the Pines Invitational Wednesday in Brainerd, the Detroit Lakes boys' golf team's final score of 312 shouldn't be looked on as a step backwards -- compared to the Laker's searing start to the season -- but maybe instead a stutter step. Even after not golfing their best of the season, the Lakers still placed two in the top 10, with Ben Bergquist leading the way after shooting a one-over par 73, good for second overall in the tournament behind Alexandria's Bryce Hanstad's more than solid four-under par 68.