The Sidelines Sports Department, mainly yours truly, has traditionally hopped on that Fourth of July week bandwagon where the pundits of the sports world hand out their mid-year baseball awards. Except for Peter King, who takes three weeks off from his constant football coverage (insert Napoleon Dynamite-sounding lucky here) to gear up for training camp, which opens in a matter of days. So, without further adieu, lets commence with the gushing. The American League MVP would have to go to Vlad Guerrero right now.
The local boy made good. Well, almost. Donny Schatz, Horaces newest resident and the Red River Valley Speedways adopted son, got the front row parking spot on Thursday when the trucks carrying the nations favorite sprint cars arrived, and got a front row spot in the lineup on Saturday when he pulled in second in the nights Stacker 2 Dash, a short race that determines starting position for the World of Outlaws A Feature. What Schatz didnt count on, especially now that the former Rookie of the Year and winner of four races this year is serving as his own mechanic, was a blown engine.
The outcry is understandable. For years, West Fargo daycare providers and parents have benefited from a more than generous policy enacted by the West Fargo School District that arranged a shuttle bus system for kids headed off to daycares before and after school. That policy, begrudgingly, will stop this fall, after it was originally slated to come to a halt last school year but received a reprieve from Superintendent Chuck Cheney and the West Fargo School Districts Transportation Coordinator, Brad Redmond.
It was a comment on everyones tongue, as Red River Valley residents checked their sump pump hoses, watched the rivers rise and looked out the windows to another rainy June day. You know this means more mosquitoes, they would say. They were right. The mosquito population has officially spiked in the wake of early Junes 6.5 inches of rainfall.
The West Fargo Aces, the summer baseball clubs Under 16 squad, picked up two all-important wins in conference play Monday night with a sweep over Great Bend on their home field. The Aces, who now stand at 6-6 in Section 1 and 8-8 overall, used a dominating performance in Game 1, then held on in the nightcap to even out its record after a slow start. I think we came out of the gate not quite knowing where we were, Jess Barnacle, head coach of the Aces, said. I think were getting it now.
Hidden inside one of Fargos newest developments, and West Fargos newest neighbor, is the Fargo Park Districts newest endeavor: Osgood Golf Course. Detailed accounts have been plentiful, talking about the nine-hole course and practice facilitys link-style feel, its unbelievable training abilities, and the way the facility caters to all levels of golf. Now, as former Rose Creek professional Dave Alpeter has headed south to become a teaching pro in Orlando, Fla., Osgood has an entirely new capability.
As the 10-day, 100-year celebration that was the Red River Valley Fair winds to a successful close, the attention of fun-seeking West Fargo residents now turns to the Fourth of July weekend, which officially hits the area Friday afternoon. Formerly a fireworks vendors paradise, West Fargo has outgrown its status as the little town with the big bang, as evidenced by a decision handed down by the West Fargo City Commission late last January. At that meeting, Commissioners ruled that as a result of the annexation of land north of Main Avenue and west of the existing boundary, TNT/Black Cat F
Its Thursday, and its already 90 degrees out at 9 a.m. Well, thats the heat index, anyway. Angie Balint enters the center portion of the vector control office, a glorified single trailer, and addresses her staff. They, in turn, are working with a slew of summer help, counting mosquitoes recently caught in traps and talking about where theyre going to hunt their prey next.
It started, nearly three decades ago, with the idea that Moorhead State College could host a community-oriented Fourth of July celebration, complete with a musical program and fireworks display. It has turned into a signature event for Minnesota State University Moorhead, a college that is now home to more than 7,000 students, and for the city of Moorhead. I remember it when it was brand new, Doug Hamilton, director of the MSUM Alumni Foundation and supervisor for university advancement, said. People were surprised by the turnout, which was about 1,000 people.
Hey, remember the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks? That wonderful baseball team that has risen above the mediocrity that is the Northern League and presented the metro area with a pretty good brand of summer ball? Theyre back, and theyre good. Again. The 10th anniversary edition of the modern-day RedHawks spent much of the first six weeks of the season on the road, but returns this week for six-game homestand.