DL News Staff
PEMBINA, N.D. - An earthen barrier stretching 26 miles along the international border between the U.S. and Canada has pitted neighboring farmers, communities and governments against each other. In dry times, it is a distant memory of a feud dating back to the 1940s. During wet years, particularly when floodwaters press up against it, the grass-covered dirt sparks emotions usually reserved for bitter enemies. The Canadian government claims the barrier serves as a road.
When one lives in a small town served by trains seemingly every 10 minutes, it becomes so very easy to condition oneself to ignore them. When trying to wind north or south and 80 plus coal cars have stopped blocking everything save Highway 59, it becomes even easier to wish a little evil on The Little Engine That Could. It appears ever more often and ever more likely that Could just can't seem to anymore, at least in these parts. This being the present case of inconvenience, the thought of embracing rail lines within the community may strike one as foreign.
Identity theft is a serious crime that is costly to the businesses and citizens in Minnesota -- and it's rising in our state. While the crime affects people of all ages, older consumers are often prime targets for identity thieves because they tend to have long credit histories and healthy savings. According to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) survey released in January 2006, over 3,000 identity theft complaints were made to the Identity Theft Clearinghouse from Minnesotans in 2005.
Global warming or not, the official date of the ice out on Big and Little Detroit lakes is now official. The ice officially disappeared on April 13 at 1 p.m., according to Detroit Lakes resident Dick Carr, one of the individuals officially overseeing the occurrence, which has been recorded since 1893. Two separate contests were held this spring on when the ice would leave the popular lakes. The winners were Bob Watson and Dave Stowman, both of Detroit Lakes. This year's ice out repeats the 2005 event.
A new elementary principal and a new architect headlined the monthly meeting of the Lake Park-Audubon School Board Monday. The district received 61 applications for the position being vacated by retiring Principal Rick Hanson. Superintendent Dale Hogie said the interview pool was narrowed by 29 applicants, from which six finalists were chosen.
In a season where lots of history could potentially be made by the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team, some was already created in the Lakers' first meet of the season. For many years, the Lakers have opened their schedule at the Perham Invite and for many years, they have never finished on top. This season was much different, as DL won its season opener for the first time ever by shooting a combined 348 in some gusty conditions at the Lakeside Country Club Monday. "We've played in that meet forever, but never won it," said DL head coach Jim Buchholz.
Sure, the Crosby-Ironton softball players packed their bats for their road trip to Detroit Lakes Tuesday, but they really didn't use them as bats were meant to be used. Instead of striking the leather of a softball, the Ranger batters were catching a lot of air. DL senior pitcher Steph Wilson dominated the C-I lineup with a combined 22 strikeouts in the Lakers' doubleheader sweep by the scores of 12-0 and 4-0. Wilson, who has a total of 42 strikeouts in four games this season, allowed just one hit in each of the two games and walked a total of three.
The Detroit Lakes boys' tennis team improved to 2-1 in Mid-State Conference play with its second win over Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday in the Laker triangular. Crookston was much too strong for the Laker squad in its second match, as DL lost 7-0, but a 6-1 victory over the Wolverines lessened the sting from the Pirate beating. "Crookston simply overpowered us," said DL head coach Jim Hinson. "They were very good and experienced at every position.
Sophomore Josh Herzog is already raising the bar for the Detroit Lakes boys' golf team. The brother of University of Minnesota Golden Gopher women's golf recruit -- and DLHS senior -- Christine Herzog, Josh has already hit the fast track on the 2006 Laker boys' season. Herzog finished second overall in the prestigious U of M boys' golf tournament over the weekend, shooting a 75-69-144, one stroke behind medalist Cameron White of Wayzata. "Josh just played fantastic," said DL head coach Bob Gorden.