DL News Staff
Our nation has been stricken with paranoia numerous times in the past. It is inevitable that unusual happenings are going to stir our fears and make irrationality seem logical. In the past, we have feared, and some still panic at the thought of, terrorists, mad cow disease, aids and other frightening aspects of the world we live in. The newest fear to come about is the Bird Flu, or the avian flu strain H5N1. Somewhat of a mystery to the public, we hear uncertain news about the severity it will have when and if it reaches the United States.
Ever since I was young, music has played a large part in my life. I have many memories of my parents scooting me off to piano lessons and making sure I practiced regularly. I'm sure many of you out there can relate to my experiences. Parents today (and in the past) are not only rushing their little ones off to soccer practice and little league, but also dance, voice, guitar, piano or art classes. Now, more than ever, the importance of exposing children to the arts is being stressed.
The Taste of Chaos, a large alternative tour came to Fargo, on March 21. The tour made its appearance at the Fargo Civic Center with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. and show starting at 5 p.m. The show's attendants, over a thousand teenagers, eager to see some of their favorite bands play in Fargo for the first time. The show on the main stage was a complete success story. Dredge got the crowd worked up early with a fast paced opening set. They also incorporated the use of a flute into two of their songs very successfully. As always, As I Lay Dying put a lot of energy into their set.
Where? It'll be at Maplelag Resort north of Detroit Lakes April 7-9. The theme is management of Bordee-prairie habitats for waterfowl. Divided into field and auditorium sessions, this will be a composite of field sessions, participation, lectures, informative discussions and true approaches to recognized problems with possible solutions. Beginning at noon on Friday, the concerns for waterfowl in our northern state area will be met head on by some of the most knowledgeable professionals available. They will represent all of the major players in biology, conservation and duck management.
Although many bodies of water in the Midwest are still covered with a layer of ice, the rivers across the region are starting to provide some walleye action. And much of that action is being provided by jigs. When opening day for walleyes rolls around, many anglers will have a jig on the end of their line, and as the season progresses, that jig might just stay on the end of the line. Jigs catch walleyes year 'round, but if we want to be more successful jiggers, we need to consider the type of jig we're tying onto our line. Jigs come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.
The Becker County Sportsmen's Club will begin its trap shooting season on Tuesday, April 4, with practice rounds at its range east of Detroit Lakes. The league opener is Thursday, April 27. A number of changes are being adopted this year. Last fall, the officers and trap committee circulated a questionnaire asking its members what they adjustments they would like. Some of the rules will be adjusted in order to accommodate trap shooters, and thus making it more fun. In past seasons, BCSO trap shooters have participated in a 16-week season involving 400 targets.
In an aggressive effort to improve walleye fishing in Leech Lake, the Department of Natural Resources will stock up to 23 million walleye fry in the lake this spring. The stocking, part of an intensive management approach that includes cormorant control, special fishing regulations, and habitat protection, aims to improve a fishery that has relatively few small- and medium-sized walleye and a dwindling population of large-sized breeding walleye.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Gene Merriam will designate state forest lands in Hubbard County as "limited" to highway-licensed and off-highway vehicles (OHV) in commissioner's orders to be published April 10. The orders will also designate trails for specific types of motorized uses on state forest lands in the county, which include all of the Paul Bunyan and Badoura state forests and other state forest lands scattered throughout the county.
Flooding conditions improved Saturday in parts of the region while some areas stepped up sandbagging efforts. Authorities in Minnesota's Norman County closed highways on the west and south sides of the town of Ada because of flooding Saturday and residents of vulnerable homes were sandbagging, dispatcher Joel Andersen said. The town of Hendrum, Minn., about 20 miles north of Moorhead on the North Dakota border, was bracing for a record flood stage, expected to hit Tuesday. "Hendrum's a little nervous," said Kevin Ruud, emergency manager for Norman County.