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Spring is here, and so is the water

Posted 3/30/2017

By Jake Kulland

Since we last talked, temps have been rising around Cavalier County, and with it has been many problems with overland flooding. It has been difficult getting around county roads in just about all areas, but with the snowfall we had this past winter it’s really not that surprising. It has got to go somewhere, and over the roads is just one of the facts of life for this country.  Hopefully these conditions won’t last long, and Cavalier County isn’t the only ones having issues.  They were getting sandbags ready in Neche, and they were already laying them down as of this writing in the Leroy area.  Plus record flooding is being forecast as being possible for Grafton.  Again, let’s hope it doesn’t turn out as bad as they say it could get.

Langdon Red Sox name new American Legion coach

The Langdon Red Sox American Legion Baseball program, in conjunction with Langdon American Legion Post 98, have announced that they have hired a new head coach.  Tanner Groth has accepted the position.  He is the new business teacher and tech coordinator at the Langdon High School.  He is a native of Enderlin, and has coaching experience from down in that area the last several summers.  Groth is also the assistant coach of the Langdon-Edmore-Munich high school baseball team.  He will take the Red Sox program over from Jay Adam, who had the team the last couple of years.  We thank Jay for running the show the past few seasons, as he completed his third coaching stint for Post 98.  Along with his coaching duties, Groth will be head groundskeeper at American Legion Field this summer.

Track and Baseball continue and start there competitions this week

The Langdon-Edmore-Munich track and baseball teams are in action this week.  The tracksters will compete at the CNDC Indoor Meet at Minot State University on April 7, and they hope to go to their first outdoor meet in Devils Lake April 11.  The Cardinals will host their first of three home meets this season on April 20.  Meanwhile, the high school baseball team hopes to have their first game, weather and field conditions permitting, at Bottineau on April 6.  Their first home game is at American Legion Field playing Grafton on April 10, but a lot of things will have to change for that to happen, the biggest being completing a drain tile project that started last fall.  The chance of postponements and site changes for games are a good possibility, and you can keep updated on everything by tuning in to KNDK 1080.

Twins Opening Day is April 3

The Minnesota Twins, coming off their worst ever season with 103 losses in 2016, will try to attempt to turn things around as they open their season on April 3.  They start their year at home for three games versus Kansas City.  This is the first time the Twins have been at home for their first game of the year for several seasons, but the weather looks good.  I have seen the Twins be picked from second in their AL Central division to fourth.  Offensively the Twins could light up the scoreboard with the likes of Brian Dozier, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and of course Joe Mauer all healthy and ready to rake.  But the pitching, especially starting pitching, is where things get dicey.  Ervin Santana is the Opening Day starter, but is the only thrower in the starting rotation that had an ERA under four last year.  They will obviously have to score a lot of runs, but the potential to do that is there.  The Twins play their first 19 games of the year against division opponents, so it shouldn’t take long to see how successful they will be this year.

“See ya!” next week!

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