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Spotting a moose in southwestern North Dakota might be a rarity, but it does happen. In 2010 moose were seen around Dickinson and last week a moose was seen traveling in Fargo. "I think moose that venture into southwest North Dakota are pioneering," said Randy Kreil, North Dakota Game and Fish Department Wildlife Division chief. "They probably won't be spending too much time there." There's one thing a moose population needs to survive -- a solid supply of water -- and that isn't found in southwestern North Dakota. "Primarily they are looking for areas with water and cover," he said.
The Dickinson Trinity boys and girls track and field teams were waiting for its relays to qualify for the Class B state meet. The Titans don't have to wait any longer after the boys 3,200-meter relay and the girls 1,600 relay both qualified for state during the Badlands Conference Meet on Tuesday at the Badlands Activities Center. "We've been anticipating when we are going to start getting our relays in," Trinity senior Andrea Jirges said.
Fishing is a game of patience. Snagging a paddlefish takes more patience than the average fishing trip. With the paddlefish snagging season starting Tuesday, anglers are anticipating an eventful season. "It's going to be extremely hectic and busy," said Fred Ryckman, North Dakota Game and Fish Northwest Fisheries District Supervisor.
It was near-perfect weather for track Tuesday afternoon at the Badlands Activities Center. That is despite the 20-minute delay from a downpour of rain. The Dickinson High boys and girls track and field teams finished with three new state qualifiers at the Dickinson High Quadrangular. "It was a real nice meet for us," Dickinson distance running coach Shawn Leiss said. "We had just four teams, a nice atmosphere and all the across our team, the athletes toed the line and compete hard.
Throwing strikes is the name of the game in North Dakota high school baseball. The Dickinson High baseball team knew it, but just didn't execute it. The Midgets gave up 10 free passes and Jamestown won the West Region game of a doubleheader 3-2 on Friday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark and brand-new Astoria Field. Jamestown won the nonconference game 12-4. "You've got to throw strikes in high school baseball," Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said. "If you don't, then the other team is going to become passive and start looking.
Dickinson High senior Tanner Halter wanted to perform well at home, but he didn't envision this. Halter compiled an even-par 72 to win medalist at the Dickinson High Invitational on Friday at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson. "I guess I was hoping it was going to go like this," Halter said. "I didn't picture a victory. Everything was rolling. The greens were rolling well, the fairways were nice and everything was perfect." The senior shot one-under 35 on the front nine and followed that up with a 37 on the back nine.
Dickinson eighth-grader Keana Kudrna has reached the top of the mountain in her division. Kudrna is traveling to Minneapolis to compete in the USA Gymnastics Region 4 Championship on Sunday. The eighth-grader is competing at Level 8 and has qualified for the Super 8 state team competition. "Level 8 is the first level that can go to regionals," Dickinson High head coach Kent Van Ells said.
Though finding and keeping employees in western North Dakota can be a challenge, state parks shouldn't have a problem this summer, said Gordon Weixel, North Dakota Parks and Recreation public information officer. "We've always had our challenges of bringing people in, but we usually can fill the positions," he said Wednesday. The 13 parks kick start their busy seasons May 18. The problems that pose a threat to finding employees at state parks can range from location, pay and other opportunities available in the surrounding communities. "Some parks offer places where seasonal workers can st
The bats were in full force Tuesday at Gress Softball Complex. Well, at least for the Dickinson High softball team. The Midgets used a 10-run first inning to defeat Dawson County (Mont.) 18-2 in five innings. "It was good to see our bats come to life again," Dickinson head coach Bill Butterfield said. "They kind of took a hiatus for the last few games. We hit some real good shots." Dickinson totaled 16 hits to go along with no errors on the field.
With the season past the halfway mark, the Dickinson State softball team is tired of taking splits. The Blue Hawks' magic didn't happen Saturday as they dropped the first game 9-2 against Mayville State, but won the second game 6-3 at Gress Softball Complex. "We know how to do it," DSU head coach Kristen Fluery said. "Last weekend we got the four against Valley City. We just have to stay consistent on what we are doing. We've got to have our pitchers on.