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When there's almost 200 miles of trail to maintain it can be a daunting task. Maah Daah Hey Trail Association President Don Mayer is staying optimistic that the trail can be get back to where it was two years ago. "With the landslides hitting, we've got about 50 percent well rehabbed," said Mayer, who had has been the trail president for the last six years. "Another 25 percent need more work and the other 25 percent need a lot of work.
The Southwest Region has girls track and field newcomers this season, but Mott-Regent is still the early favorite. The Wildfire return a majority of its athletes and are poised to make a strong statement this season. "We placed sixth at state last year and second in the region," Mott-Regent head coach Ron Benson said. "We've got most of those girls back.
Optimistic is the key word used with the Dickinson Trinity girls track and field team this season. Trinity has a host of returning state qualifiers and thanks to favorable weather conditions this spring, extra practice outside should make for a very competitive season. "I definitely think it's going to help us in the long run," Trinity senior Andrea Jirges said. "Usually these first few weeks, we are practicing indoors and we don't practice at the track as early as we have.
Hook, line and sinker. Well, not everybody uses a sinker anymore, but the new North Dakota fishing season is right around the corner. Anglers will have to get their new fishing licenses starting April 1. This fishing year should be a healthy refresher after the last three harsh winters. "The first thing the anglers are going to note from years past is the lack of ice," said Greg Power, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries chief, with a laugh.
The Dickinson High softball team has seen its share of prosperous moments throughout the first three years of the program -- none more than nearly reaching the state tournament last season. With everyone returning, Midgets head coach Bill Butterfield said his team has high standards this season. "We've got some things to prove this year," Butterfield said. "We kind of left some stuff on the table.
The ride that was taken many years ago will soon be open to modern-day trail riders. During the 1880s, the Medora-to-Deadwood Trail was taken by stagecoach, wagon and horseback travelers from South Dakota to what is now North Dakota. The Museum of Deadwood, S.D. will be hosting the ride and they have already seen a big turnout of applications just in the first couple weeks. "I think we've got close to 50 signed up already and we've only been taking applications for two to three weeks," museum president Jon Mattson said. "We feel it's going good.
Put on the shoes, the gloves and bring the sticks out of the closet. It's time to go golfing. Heart River Golf Course and Pheasant Country Golf Course have opened almost a month earlier than expected due to the mild end-of-winter weather. "It's definitely uncommon," said Jeremy Davis, Heart River club professional. "It caught us off guard a little bit, but it's welcome.
There's no mistake that the Dickinson High girls track and field is going to miss Jess Herauf this year. The Midgets have a young, untested group, but are optimistic about their season, which starts at 1 p.m. today at the Western Dakota Association Preseason Meet at Bismarck Community Bowl. "We are very youthful in the girls side," Dickinson co-head coach Dave Michaelson said. Herauf, who is now a freshman for the University of Minnesota track and field team, won back-to-back javelin titles and won the 100-meter hurdles.
Running events shouldn't be a problem for the Dickinson High boys track and field team. It's the field events that could be the surprise of the season. The Midgets open up their track and field season at 1 p.m. today in the Western Dakota Association Preseason Meet at the Bismarck Community Bowl. "We feel that we have a pretty good shot at being a top six or seven team, maybe higher," Dickinson co-coach Dave Michaelson said. "We have some nice senior leadership." Six of seven Dickinson seniors will be competing on the track.
It's a drive that takes four mugs of coffee, blaring techno music and turning on the air conditioning. The air conditioning is needed no matter how cold it is. If the heater is on, there's a greater chance of falling asleep. Oh, and did I mention I take this trip at midnight, so I don't have to spend one quarter of the next day driving home. This is the routine I use when I make the six-and-a-half hour trip home, but when leaving Dickinson to go to Watertown, S.D. it takes seven-and-a-half hours due to the time change. The first time I made this trip was in November for Thanksgiving.