DL News Staff
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - The leader of the Moorhead-based National Guard company going to Iraq had two rules for his troops during the buildup to their departure: "Anyone that tells you they know where we're going in the country doesn't know what they're talking about," said Capt. Tadd Vanyo. "Anyone that tells you they know what we're doing in the country doesn't know what they're talking about." That shroud of uncertainty will soon begin to fall for the 2,600 Minnesota troops who have been training here since October for Iraq.
More than 3,000 relatives and friends, many of them from Minnesota, watched in the rain Thursday as their loved ones marched off to war. About 4,000 National Guard and Army Reserve troops, including about 2,600from Minnesota, stood in formation to hear they were "fit to fight" after six months of training in Mississippi and Louisiana. "You proved that you are a lethal, mobile, agile force to be reckoned with," said Col.
Hurdle after hurdle was successfully taken by the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team, it was that last obstacle which derailed what become the Lakers' best season ever. That obstacle resembled the Great Wall of China and one which wouldn't be hurdled -- but not without an all-time best effort by the DL tumblers. That final challenge came in the form of the Perham Yellowjackets, who now own three straight Class 1A state championships. The Lakers, though, scored a DLHS record 145 points in the Section 8-1A meet, but not nearly enough to beat Perham's 151.
Next season, school will be out for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team. After a season of learning on the fly, the Lakers should be back next season with plenty of lessons learned from a 9-16 year. Entering the season with just one returner back from last year's squad -- junior guard Nils Thomsen -- DL head coach Wade Johnson knew there would be some growing pains along the way. And there were, but not without the rewards. "I felt it was a very successful year," Johnson said.
The ice on the Detroit Lakes' offensive game was finally broken in the second half of the 2005-06 season and it's a sign for a hopeful full thaw heading into next year. After starting the season in a scoring slump, resulting in a 2-5-1 start -- with three shutouts posted on them -- the Lakers started finding the back of the net in the second half of the season on their way back to .500. In one dry stretch, the Lakers had 106 shots on net in a five-game stretch. That resulted in just three goals. "That scoring percentage is not very good at all," said DL head coach Dan Maloney.
The Minnesota troops at Camp Shelby, Miss., who are headed for Iraq sat down Wednesday for one last big meal with their families, surrounded by signs of support from home. Some of those signs came from a class of first-graders, whose letters -- addressed "Dear Soldier" -- had been posted on the walls around the picnic tables. "Thank you for serving our country," wrote one boy. "We will be thinking about you." About 2,600 National Guard soldiers from Minnesota will soon be leaving for Iraq as part of a multi-state brigade of 4,000 troops.
Tracking sex offenders could cost $6.4 million next year and nearly $15 million in 2009, a price tag too high for Minnesota legislators this year. While Rep.
Minnesota's elderly would be especially aided by bills going through the Legislature to curb identity theft, a Senate committee heard Wednesday. "Fully one quarter of Minnesota residents have been affected by this kind of crime," said Hubert "Skip" Humphrey, former state attorney general and current president of the AARP senior citizen group. "Older people are particularly attractive targets," he added, because they often have more savings and home equity, and most long have carried good credit. The Senate Commerce Committee combined several proposals to make one that: n Allows consume
Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Citizens in Defense of Marriage, said Wednesday that his group is calling for Sen.
A House committee eliminated funding for the arts from a proposed constitutional amendment, narrowing its focus to natural resources programs. The bill, which has more committee stops before reaching a full House vote, would dedicate one-quarter of 1 percent of the existing sales tax to the outdoors. The bill by Rep. Dennis Ozment, R-Rosemount, would spend an estimated $190 million annually three ways -- $80 million for fish and wildlife protection, $80 million to clean the state's waters and $30 million for parks and trails.