This collection of lures and leaders was "caught" recently by a reader fishing near Landing No. 3 at Lake Darling. The single snag was said to include "a basketball sized ball of line" which had to be cut to free the entire entanglement.
Mule Deer banquet set for Stanley
STANLEY The Mule Deer Foundation of North Dakota has scheduled a banquet and auction at the Two Way Cafe and Steakhouse in Stanley on Sept. 9. The nonprofit organization does not currently have a chapter in Stanley but would like to see one develop in that community.
"We thought now is the time to indroduce the Mule Deer Foundation to the residents in the area as well as provide a venue for entertainment to all the employees and families working in the Bakken," said Ryan Krapp, North Dakota MDF chairman.
The event will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by the banquet at 6:45 p.m. A fundraising auction will highlight the evening. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Marshall Johnson at (406) 850-8785.
Little Missouri park celebrates 40 years
Little Missouri State Park, featured on the North Dakota Parks and Recreation annual pass, celebrates its 40th Anniversary on Saturday with a free barbecue and a variety of entertainment and activities throughout the day.
The celebration begins at noon (all times are Mountain Time) with the barbecue with plenty of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and beverages for park visitors.
From 1 to 2 p.m. the park's past, present and future will be addressed by manager Eric Lang and other members of the park staff.
Singer, songwriter and storyteller T. J. Casey will perform starting at 2 p.m. Casey is pure cowboy through and through and his "Cowboy from the Soul" performance is a sure crowd-pleaser. Casey will close out the evening with a sunset performance starting at 7 p.m., around a campfire at the bluff in the park overlooking the Badlands.
At 3 p.m. a variety of activities, including games and crafts, are planned for the kids.
Little Missouri State Park is a huge park, consisting of over 4,500 acres located 17 miles north of Killdeer in the heart of the ruggedly beautiful Badlands. There are about 50 miles of trails available to the public which are particularly appealing to horseback riders and hikers wanting to explore the area.
Daily park admission is free to the public on Saturday. Information about Little Missouri State Park can be found on the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department Web site.
Cross Ranch to reopen campground
With Missouri River level resuming normal flows, work is under way at Cross Ranch State Park to reopen camping facilities and trails which have been closed to the public since the end of May because of flooding.
Park manager Eric Lang says plans are to have the camping facilities and trails ready for the Labor Day weekend. For more information call the park directly at 794-3731.
Crews are in the process of cleaning up the park's cabins and reconstructing the yurts. The cabins, which were unaffected by flooding, were sandbagged just in case, and the yurts taken down to protect them from any water damage. The park's River Peoples Visitor Center did remain open throughout the summer providing interpretive programming for visitors. The Sanger Campground was also open throughout the summer, though its boat ramp was closed due to river flooding conditions.
To celebrate the reopening of Cross Ranch State Park, the bluegrass group Cottonwood is performing Sunday evening, Sept. 4. The Washburn-based musicians had planned on celebrating their 10th anniversary with a performance at Cross Ranch State Park in July, but had to move the event due to the park flooding.
Cross Ranch State Park is located 12 miles southeast of Hensler via paved roads, or six miles by gravel.