Dear Master Gardener, There is a shady area in my lawn where grass won't grow and I would like to replace it with a ground cover of some sort. On a list of ground covers I saw wintergreen, which I love, listed. Would it be a good choice for this area? Answer: The short answer is "probably." Hardiness is not the issue because wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is hardy in USDA zone three. It does, however, require part to deep shade and acidic soil that is moist and rich in organic matter.
CAMP RIPLEY - Members of the Camp Ripley Environmental Team captured one of Camp Ripley's black bears July 29. A 5-year-old female was recovered from a barrel trap near the wetlands on the north end of the Camp Ripley's Training Area. "We were radio tracking her for four years and needed to replace her collar," said Brian Dirks, animal survey coordinator for the Camp Ripley Environmental Team. Bear trapping is done on several phases.
DEERWOOD - Two men were pulled from Agate Lake near Deerwood Friday by a citizen who witnessed an ultralight aircraft crashing into the lake, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reported. The pilot, Richard Northburg, of Deerwood, and passenger, Justin Odle, of Aitkin, were not injured.
Motorists travelling in the Detroit Lakes area should expect heavy traffic volumes through Sunday. Tens of thousands of visitors will attend the annual WE Fest Country Music Festival at Soo Pass Ranch near Detroit Lakes. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota State Patrol urge motorists to: • Expect delays. • Be patient. • Prepare for sudden stops. • Avoid travelling during peak times. A bridge replacement project on Highway 10 about 10 miles east of Moorhead will impact travel between the Fargo-Moorhead area and Detroit Lakes.
Debra Iverson benefit planned There will be a benefit and silent auction for Debra (Katzenberger) Iverson from 2-6 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Brainerd American Legion. Iverson of Merrifield has Alpha 1 Antitrypsin and is on the list for a double lung transplant. The benefit will help with medical, transportation and housing needs. Her home needs work before she can come home from the transplant. Monetary donations can be sent to any US Bank to the Debra Iverson Benefit Account. There will be a freewill offering and raffle tickets sold for prize drawings. At 3 p.m.
Brainerd police WELFARE - A report at 7:40 p.m. Sunday of complainant hearing a crying child for the last couple of hours on South Seventh Street. Officers checked and learned the parents were putting the crying child to bed, child in good health. ARRESTS - A 21-year-old man was arrested at 12:40 a.m. Monday on the 500 block of Second Avenue Northeast for domestic assault and disorderly conduct. A 30-year-old man was arrested at 12:30 a.m. Sunday for disorderly conduct on the 700 block of Laurel Street. A 35-year-old man was arrested at 10:44 p.m.
Handout of Brainerd Warriors football equipment is scheduled Friday, Aug. 8, in the high school equipment room. Players must submit their eligibility papers to Michelle in the activities office by Friday. Registration may be done online at www.isd181.org or in the activities office. Senior equipment handout and Gold Card distribution will be at 9 a.m. Junior equipment will be handed out at 9:45 a.m. Sophomore equipment will be handed out at 10:30 a.m.
Wadena-Deer Creek High School will hold its fall sports meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in the commons area. Parents and student-athletes can take care of submitting Minnesota State High School League and W-DC eligibility forms, athletic physicals, going over academic eligibility and paying for athletic/activity fees.
The St. Mathias Harvest over 50 baseball team split its doubleheader with the Minnesota Saints on Aug. 3 at St. Mathias Park. In the opener, the Harvest had the bases loaded in the final frame, but came up short, losing 4-3 before coming back in nightcap to win 11-2. Steve Athman and Sev Poser each had 3 hits, while Neil Sather banged out 5. The Harvest's next game is 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at Fridley High School.
Duke University Ph. D Greg Dale will conduct a free "Excellence in Performance" workshop for coaches, athletes and parents Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the Brainerd High School cafeteria. The session for coaches is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is entitled, "The Art of Coaching: Strategies for Creating More Confident, Consistent and Coachable Athletes. Strategies for Developing a Championship Culture. Coaching the Mental Game." A session for athletes will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and is entitled, "It's a Mental Thing: Five Keys to Improving Performance and Enjoying Sport.