DL News Staff
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is imposing burning restrictions in 18 counties beginning Friday, April 14. The counties include Becker, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Otter Tail and Wadena. Beginning that day, burning permits will not be issued until green-up. The decision was announced April 5. A number of grass fires were reported to the Becker County Sheriff's Department Thursday. The DNR had previously restricted the issuance of burning permits in 18 central Minnesota counties.
A former Frazee man made his first appearance on two charges in Becker County District Court Thursday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk set bond at $250,000 against Clifford Welsh, 49, of 3521 Ranier Rue, Fargo.
By BRIAN WIERIMA firstname.lastname@example.org Baseball 101 didn't go as well as planned for the revamped Detroit Lakes baseball team in its season-opener in Fergus Falls Thursday. The Otters found DL's pitching to their liking, going for a total of seven extra-base hits to pace a 19-hit onslaught in a 16-8 victory over the Lakers. But the young DL squad made things a bit more interesting than the 10-1 deficit they started with.
The old "one-bad inning" bug still isn't out of the Detroit Lakes softball team's system. Getting bit by that nasty bug has plagued the Lakers over the course of the last couple of seasons, and the 2006 schedule has started out in very similar fashion. Leading 3-0 heading into the top of the sixth inning Thursday, the visiting Moorhead Spuds took advantage of two Steph Wilson walks and a hit batter, including DL's lone error of the game, to take a 5-3 lead -- which ultimately would be the final score.
By BRIAN WIERIMA email@example.com The final indoor meet was held for the Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' track teams, as the great outdoors are beckoning the Lakers. The Lakers were not at full strength for the Little Amik Indoor meet Tuesday at Bemidji State University, using the 31-team event with over 1,700 athletes competing as a final tuning for the outdoor season, which begins in Bemidji Tuesday. "We use this meet as a good training day, since we are behind in our field events because of not being able to get outside much," said DL head girls' coach Mike Labine.
Marcus Okeson has experienced what many longtime basketball head coaches never get to see -- a state tournament. Not that a trip to state is unique in itself, but Okeson completed this feat in his first year as a head coach, and he nearly took it all the way to a state championship. Okeson's Ellsworth Panthers were narrowly defeated by Rushford-Peterson in the Class A state championship by the score of 55-52, shaving a 14-point deficit to three points before succumbing to the Trojans.
By BRIAN WIERIMA firstname.lastname@example.org Although Frazee was one of the smallest schools competing in the Little Amik Indoor Track Meet at Bemidji State Tuesday, they provided a big bite. The Hornet boys finished seventh out of 26 teams and over 1,700 athletes (boys and girls combined) at the large meet, while the girls provided good finishes with the low numbers they had. Drew Daggett had a pair of top three finishes, taking first in the high jump with a 6-0 height, while nabbing a bronze in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.45.
The "GrappleRoo" spaghetti feed benefiting the Detroit Lakes youth wrestling program, will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes High School commons area. There will be drawings for fun prizes and there will also be Optimist Awards handed out to all qualifying Mat Rat wrestlers. The cost will be $5 per person and there will be a $20 family cap.
It might not have the support of most of Minnesota's youth, but lawmakers are debating whether the school year should be extended by up to five weeks. Willmar school Superintendent Kathy Leedom said a longer school year would improve the state's education system. "With extended time, we can take the next step in increasing our learning across the board," Leedom told the Senate Education Committee. In order to compete globally in the 21st century, local students need to spend more time in class to learn new skills, said Sen.
A man's car sank Friday after he drove past barricades prohibiting traffic on a flooded road. Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said deputies cited Matthew Benson, 19, of Arvilla, N.D., for going around the barricades. Benson told authorities he was traveling to Grand Forks, N.D., when he drove north on County Road 1 and into the floodwaters near County Road 26. Benson swam to safety, but authorities couldn't find his 2000 Hyundai Tiburon, Bergquist said. "We can't see it anywhere, so it's that deep," Bergquist said. Clay County deputies ticketed at least four drivers, including Benson,