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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.
A true test was the type of game the Beach girls basketball team needed before heading to the Class B state tournament. Hazen gave the Buccaneers that Thursday night in the Region 7 tournament championship. Beach fought back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat Hazen 69-60 for its third consecutive region title at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "Before the game, (Hazen head coach) John (Ward) said, 'We've got to give it our best,'" Beach head coach Bob Waldal said. "When shook heads, he said, 'Bob, we gave it our best.' It was a good game for us.
In the second grade, Dickinson Trinity sophomore Ketti Ringwall began losing her hair because of the medical condition known as alopecia. She didn't know why at first, but now she doesn't mind it. It could be a coincidence that Ringwall became a swimmer. "It's a good thing to have for swimming, I guess," she said with a laugh, referring to the fact that swimmers typically have to find ways to tuck their hair neatly under a swim cap. This week, Ringwall heads to the biggest meet of her young career, the USA Swimming Central Zone spring sectional meet in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Ringwall will
The hunting season last year didn't quite meet the standards from the past, but there's the possibility that it will get much worse. The state of North Dakota has 829,000 acres of Conservation Reserve Program set to expire Sept. 30. "I think it's like 34.7 percent is going to be lost on Sept. 30," said Matt Flintrop, Dickinson Farm Bill wildlife biologist. "I think in Stark County it's going to be 50 percent of our acres. In this particular region, it's very important." The general signup to renew contracts for CRP starts Monday and lasts until April 6.