With the Eastern Dakota Conference meet just around the corner, and the State As not far behind, the West Fargo Packer boys track team is out to show that its not just the girls who have a shot at brining home some hardware later this month. And while thats been a surprise to some, as the Packer girls looked to improve on a runner-up performance at EDC last season, head coach Darren McKinnon saw this boys squad as one that could contend. I think we have some depth. We have some young runners that could really come up and help us out, he said.
Each of the last few years, weve had the golden horse. One that looks like hes going to break through after winning the Kentucky Derby and push his way to the Triple Crown, the elusive title that hasnt been captured since Affirmed ran away with it in the 1970s. Last year, for example, Smarty Jones looked to be the second coming of Seabiscuit, a little horse that could.
The winter of 1996-1997, many from these parts will say, is unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Winter squalls dropped a foot of snow at a time. Winds ripped through even the tightest insulation. And road conditions beckoned calls from area officials for drivers to just stay off the roads. But one thing was consistent.
The West Fargo Packer girls softball team dropped two games in a row for the first time in three years and lost to a North Dakota team for the first time this century in a rough week for the seven-time defending state champions. On Tuesday, Fergus Falls, Minn., topped the Packers in nonconference play, using a two run first inning to take command. The Otters rode their pitching to a 5-1 win, holding the Packers to six hits and committing just one error. West Fargo, meanwhile, dropped its third game of the season in the loss.
West Fargo posted a 5-0 shutout over conference rival Grand Forks Central, then battled the best of the West last weekend in Jamestown at the East-West Crossover, where they tied an undefeated Jamestown team and lost 4-1 to top-ranked Bismarck Century. This is a weekend thats going to tell us a lot about where we stand, Jim Flores, head coach of the Packers, said. Those are a couple of really good teams.
Next year, the state of North Dakota will enter monetary circulation, as the North Dakota quarter is minted and brought into circulation. Whether or not North Dakota and South Dakota, which became states on the same day, will be put out simultaneously remains to be seen. I think North Dakota better hope not. While the coin collecting genre was bolstered by the state-by-state quarter designs, North Dakotas premiere could be met with a What the &? instead of Oh, hey, thats nice. The final two were unveiled earlier this year, both with wildlife content.
Visiting my family over the Easter weekend a little more than a month ago, the Little Red-Haired Girl and I took a trip down to the Falls of the Big Sioux River. Low water levels have exposed areas great for jumping from rock to rock, or just walking on solid rock beds that usually were covered with pools of water. Looking back toward the regular walkway, my mother reminded me of a time when we visited the park with relatives en tow, at a much younger age.
After a pair of top five finishes for the West Fargo boys and girls track squads, head coach Darrin McKinnons squads have positioned themselves as legitimate contenders in the Eastern Dakota Conference this season. The West Fargo boys finished second at the Moorhead Invite two weeks ago and followed that up Saturday with a fifth place finish in a field that featured most of the Eastern Dakota Conference on Friday afternoon at the Fargo Shanley/American Legion Invite.
Temperatures ranged in the mid-to-upper 20s Monday morning around tee time, as the field for the Shanley Invitational Tournament moved to their starting holes for another boys golf meet. As a result, stocking caps replaced visors, and warm mittens covered hands that normally sported golf gloves.
For nearly three decades, the Saari family has called Mapleton home. And for a good reason. Doug Saari and his wife, Cheryl, fell in love with the little community in the late 1970s, especially the block-building school that reminded them of a simpler time. And, the community wasnt that far from Fargo, where Doug worked as a mechanic. Today, the Saari family is a Mapleton mainstay. Doug has owned Dougs Repair in town for more than 10 years, and his wife cleans the office ever week.