Mandan News

Vern Davis: Camps to close down soon

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Hello from Morton County Parks.

Here we are, close to the end of the camping season and it seems like the summer has just begun. For you die hard campers, the electricity will be on for five or six weeks yet, but probably by the end of the first week in October, we will have turned the water off in our park system.

This means that the fisherman will have take their fish home to clean them. It has been a phenomenal month for fishing at Fort Rice. It simply amazes me that so many fish could be in the river. The fish cleaning station at the Fort Rice Recreation area had to be pumped four weeks in a row. On a couple of occasions, the tanks were so full they had built up pressure in them – what a mess that turned out to be.

If you have used either fishing cleaning facility, at Graner Park or Fort Rice, you probably noticed they were in a lot better shape. Thanks to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, these facilities were steam cleaned a couple weeks ago.  The results were snow white cutting boards and an absence of “fish grease.” So a thanks goes to North Dakota Game and Fish for having this done.

On a sad note, I would be amiss if I didn’t mention the passing of Howard Hendrickson. Howard was a longtime member of the Morton County Park Board. He was probably on the board since the beginning or near the beginning of our park system back in the early 1960s.

This soft spoken, quiet man had many good ideas for the improvement of our park system. It is partly because of his thoughtfulness that I have this job today. That’s what happens when you have coffee with the geezers at Mandan Drug – now known as Lindy Sues. To the family – Gail, Janice and Leslie – thank you for sharing this noble man with me and our park system.

Well, that’s about it for this time – may you catch your limit and get the pheasant with the longest tail feathers. See you next month.