Fargo loves Roger Maris, still the biggest sports hero around these parts 56 years after breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record and 32 years after Roger’s death. Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961 for the New York Yankees, besting Ruth’s mark by one. Maris held the record until 1998, when it was topped by Mark McGwire (70) and Sammy Sosa (66). Sosa eclipsed 61 two more times and McGwire once before Barry Bonds left them in the dust by belting 73 homers in 2001.
The granddaughter of a white supremacist who preached hatred of Jews and police — and who kidnapped six of his grandchildren from North Dakota two decades ago — says he might be “setting up shop” in Kulm, N.D. Shannon Maresh said in an interview Tuesday afternoon that her grandfather, Gordon Winrod, might be planning to start a church — “Or a cult, in my mind,” Maresh said — in the old Kulm school building. The building was recently purchased at auction by Sam and Laura Leppert, Maresh’s aunt and uncle. Laura Leppert is Winrod’s daughter.
It’s funny how ridiculous it seemed at the time. Rodney Dangerfield’s character in “Caddyshack,” Al Czervik, tearing away a panel on his oversized golf bag to reveal a stereo, then cranking the volume to Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” before breaking into some sort of goofy off-kilter dance in the middle of a fairway. On the course. During a round . “That man is a menace!” screamed an exasperated Ted Knight, playing the stuffy Judge Smails. “Music is a violation of my personal privacy! He’s breaking the law!”
Depth is relative in bodies of water. “Deep” in one of the popular Minnesota lakes might mean 60 feet, 80 feet or deeper. In the Red River, it might mean 15 feet. In the Buffalo River, deep has an entirely different definition. Three feet. Maybe four. That’s “deep” in the Buffalo. It also happens to be where the catfish hang out in the winding, prairie stream that most Fargo-Moorhead residents know because they zip over it briefly while driving on I-94 or U.S. Highway 10.
This is no fish tale: There is a 17-pound walleye swimming in North Dakota’s Lake Sakakawea. State fisheries biologists netted it last spring during the spawning run, weighed it, stripped it of its eggs and returned it to the massive reservoir on the Missouri River. Given the size of Sakakawea, there’s likely many — relatively speaking — gigantic walleyes calling the lake home. The same biologists, as a matter of fact, netted a 13 1/2-pounder in Sakakawea. “They are pigs,” said North Dakota Game and Fish Department director Terry Steinwand said. “Absolutely huge.”
Zebra mussels have been found in Rush Lake in Otter Tail County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The DNR said in a press release there are several lakes near Rush where the invasive species had already been confirmed. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed two adult zebra mussels in separate locations about 75 feet from the public access.
John Rowell drove from his home in Moorhead to the Northern Lights Council of Boy Scouts building in Fargo on Tuesday morning to end a 50-year chapter in his life. Rowell turned in the Eagle Scout award he earned in 1966. “There was a very nice woman at the counter and I handed her my award. She looked surprised and then sad. I was sad, too,” Rowell said. Eagle Scout is the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn. About 4 percent of Scouts are granted the award, which requires earning at least 21 merit badges and a lengthy review process.
The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners earlier this month voted to delay its next decision on a proposed casino/hotel/resort complex on Star Lake. The board will next take up the issue at a hearing Aug. 22 in Fergus Falls, Minn.
Michele Bachmann was being Michele Bachmann this week, firing up a crowd of Republicans in rural Minnesota with a speech blasting immigration and insinuating a Somali-American cop who shot a white Australian woman in Minneapolis might have done so for “cultural” reasons. Right-wingers, meet red meat. It was a Trump-like performance from the former Congresswoman from Minnesota’s 6th District. Twin Cities media who covered the event did their duty after the speech at the Waconia American Legion Club and asked Bachmann whether she was considering a run for governor in 2018.
Turns out Forum letter-to-the-editor writer Clint Lindemann of Enderlin, N.D., is not the only one who believes North Dakota’s long practice of “seeding clouds” in some western counties has contributed to a nasty drought.