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I wasn't born into hockey, but over time it's grown to be my favorite sport. That's why I was immediately intrigued when I heard another rink could be added to the existing Dickinson Recreation Center. "The ice could go possibly eight to 10 months out of the year," West River Expansion Committee chairman Scott Karsky said.
The talk of expansion to the Dickinson Recreation Center began being tossed around in 2006, two years after the West River Community Center opened. Those talks are being put to rest and transformed to action. As part of a proposed $15 million effort by the West River Expansion Committee, another arena could be added to the existing Dickinson Recreation Center. The Dickinson Recreation Center is home to the Dickinson Hockey Club.
Michael Fischer and Brian Mortensen found their way to first place at the Dakota Walleye Classic for the third time. The duo from Dickinson took home a first place prize of $14,000 and now has the most wins after the 17th annual Dakota Walleye Classic this past weekend on Beulah Bay. "It means that we are successful," Fischer said. "We put our time in on the water. We have cabins up on that end of the lake and we fish pretty much every weekend." Fischer and Mortensen's two prior wins were in 2003 and 2006.
Korey Kallenbach knew from a young age what sport he wanted to play and to extend the position he wanted to play too. He spent a majority of his childhood at the ballpark watching his four older brothers -- three of them played in the Dickinson Roughriders program. Kallenbach is the youngest son in his family and steps on the field for his final Class A state American Legion baseball tournament starting at 10 a.m. today when the No. 9 seed Dickinson Roughriders play No. 8 seed Jamestown in Mandan at Veteran's Memorial Ballpark. "It started with my brother, Pat," Kallenbach said.
From right to left, Dickinson Trap Club president Blaine Dukart, grandchildren Shane Roberts, Scott Roberts, Patty Kuntz, Kris Hastings, Craig Hastings and longtime shooting friend Lyle Hecker fire off a 21-gun salute before the start of the inaugural Al Lundgren Memorial Shoot on Saturday at the Dickinson Trap Club. There were 35 members in attendance for the shoot, including Al Lundgren's wife, Estelle, and two daughters, Shelby and Sharon Hutton. The two-day shoot continues today and Dukart said everyone is welcome to compete during the second day.
Dickinson didn't have to pride itself just on pitching and defense in the regular season finale. The bats were rumbling and the Roughriders' second baseman Mason Schiff accounted for three hits and four RBIs in opening game 8-2 win, but dropped the nightcap 5-2 against Williston in a non-divisional American Legion doubleheader game on Friday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. "It was a good step in the right direction coming into state," Schiff said.
Dickinson has always been able to hang its hat on being a team that never gave up. Korey Kallenbach and Luke Herauf answered their team's need for big hits late, but the Roughriders weren't able to come up the final clutch hit. Despite late inning heroics, Mandan edged the Roughriders 7-6 in a non-divisional, nine-inning American Legion game on Thursday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. "I even noticed tonight guys stepping up, and we just feel like we are due," Dickinson assistant coach Andy Tomanek said. "It's almost like we are owed something already by the baseball gods.
Al Lundgren didn't just have the quick hand and eagle eye for trapshooting. He made an impression on the state of North Dakota that will last a lifetime. "It's a big honor, because I was with my grandfather when I was little," said Kris Hastings, a grandchild of Al Lundgren.
Lions All-Star Basketball Series Today (all times CDT) At Bismarck Civic Center Class A Girls vs. Class B Girls, 6 p.m. Class A Boys vs. Class B Boys, 8 p.m. Wednesday At Fargo Civic Auditorium Class A Girls vs. Class B Girls, 6 p.m. Class A Boys vs. Class B Boys, 8 p.m. Dickinson Trinity's Nikki Grinsteinner and Beach's Kelcee Dykins grew accustomed to playing against each other. Today, the two will step on the court as teammates for the Class B Lions All-Star girls basketball team.
Lions All-Star Basketball Series Today (all times CDT) At Bismarck Civic Center Class A Girls vs. Class B Girls, 6 p.m. Class A Boys vs. Class B Boys, 8 p.m. Wednesday At Fargo Civic Auditorium Class A Girls vs. Class B Girls, 6 p.m. Class A Boys vs.