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And Blackburn im- proved to 5-0 with an ERA of 2.65 in the month of May, which means he could end up getting the American League Pitcher of the Month award which was given to Francisco Liriano of the Twins for the month of May. "Those guys are danger- ous," Blackburn said of the Yankees. "To go out there and face them over and over is never fun. I'm glad we're done with those guys, obvi- ously." Me too! Then the Twins welcomed the Texas Rangers to Target Field with a three-game se- ries before heading off on a road trip to the West Coast. "Hudson putting it in the seats kind of woke us all up because Wilson pretty much dominated us all the way up to that point," Gardenhire said. "When a guy is domi- nating like that, you're wait- ing for something electric to happen. And it did with O- Dog." And that sparked the sev- enth inning, in which Wilson couldn't get anything going. He walked a guy, gave up a double, then walked an- other to load the bases. Usu- ally you'd be happy to see the bases loaded and no outs, but Weekly Sudoku Solution on Page 7 3 4 6 rrrl VolunteerMatch.org Where volum~ri~g begins. 5 8 27 8 3 1 2 5 5 6 6 9 48 2 1 1 3 4 2 7 8 5 Fill in the blank squa~s in the grid, making sure that every row, cofumt~ and 3-by-3 box ~nc~udes all digits I thro~Oh 9, that's been sort of a dark spot run in each of the first three for the Twins. Minnesota has Innings making it 5-2. Then an MLB lead with 66 at bats in the seventh Inning Kubel with the bases loaded, but doubled to bring in Cuddy- have only produced 11 hits er for the first run since the over that time. But this time third. The Twins ended up things would be different, winning 6-3, but not before a Delmon Young belted one scary incident between sec- into the left field corner for a and basemen Hudson and two run Double. Then Hardy center fielder Denard Span hit a blooper into left that on the final out of the game. fell for a hit and also scored The ball was hit to shallow two runs. Hudson and Mar- left pretty much right be- neau followed with two RBI's tween positions. Span and between them to bring the Hudson both ran for the ball, score to 8-2. "Good things and neither gave up on it un- happen when you load the til they were just about right bases," Young said. on top of each other. Span For only the second time did catch the ball, but at the this season the Twins finally expense of both flying in the got out the brooms. "It's al- air to avoid colliding. Denard ways good to sweep a first- got up relatively quickly, but place club," said left fielder Orlando was still lying on the Young. "You never know ground, and was soon sur- when you get that chance rounded by the whole Twins again. It's really exciting." It's team and staff. Hudson was pretty exciting to watch also. able to walk off under his Minnesotascoredatleastone own power. Rain slows girder placement... Continued from Page 1 of crossing the river used by For those who need to . the early settlers was a ferry. cross the river from either The first ferry began cross- ing in 1880 followed by the direction during the spring first pontoon bridge Jn 1890. floods, the road closures The pontoon bridges were have meant a trip of a few put in the river every season miles in dry times requires and their location along the driving all the way to Pem- Drayton stretch of the river bina and coming back. With could change from year to the new bridge scheduled for completion in the fall, this year. should be the last spring for In 1911 a drawbridge was the longdrive, completed in the heart of Myer is confident of finish- town on Main Street. Its span ing construction on schedule was designed to be raised to and having the bridge ready accommodate the steam to open on Nov. 5. "There boats traveling from Fargo to were 87 days we didn't work Winnipeg. in 2009 and nine days inBut the steamboat ser- 2010," he said. Most of the vice ended in 1909 and the delays were due to flooding drawbridge was never used. or restrictions about disturb- The bridge that is now being ing the river bottom during replaced north of town was spring fish spawning, built in 1952 replacing the The old bridge will stay in drawbridge. service up to the day the new bridge is open. There are 15 men on Lunda's crew and another eight working for subcontrac- tors on the project. Con- struction began in Feb- ruary 2009 and will finish with demolition of the old bridge and erosion miti- gation no later that March 2011. Myer's bridge is the third permanent bridge built over the Red River at Drayton. The first means The old Drayton bridge was Like the tail of a whale preparing to.sound, piers for the new bridge rise from the Red River. constructed in the mid-1950s. Continued from Page 1 land (640 acres). The way the Waffle program would work, Kurtz said, is that farmers would be asked to store water in their fields for short periods (seven to 14 days) allowing for programmed, staged releases that would reduce flooding along the river. Farmers who agreed to store water tem- porarily would be compensated for the use of their land in some kind of program that would work in a way similar to the way the Natural Resources Conservation Services works. The EERC realized that for the program to work it must have support from the public and farmers who are willing to participate. Kurz and her crew spent five years conduct- ing tests and field trials in an effort to answer all the questions they could anticipate about the project. They studied the volume of water that could be stored by the Waffle system, its economic impacts, as well as impacts on soil quality. The study concludes that flood mitigation benefits to the basin could be as high as $800 million over 50 years and that soil was not adversely affected by the short term storage. The Waffle approach is not only feasible for flood mitigation, according to the report, but it has additional benefits such as reduc- ing soil erosion and sedimentation in steams and rivers and that it may increase soil mois- ture in agricultural fields during dry years and provide ground water recharge. Fargo Diversion: 36-mile N.D. channel The Corps, in designing the Fargo Diver- sion, studied both a 25-mile Minnesota alternative and the longer North Dakota route."We are planning to build the North Dakota alternative," the Corps' Evans said.. Asked about the diversion"s effects on communities farther downstream in the Val- ley, Evans said he understands there are a lot of questions. "People are fearful. I understand that. (During the public comment period) we need to explain facts very clearly to people. It's not as scary as they think." Once the diversion is in use,water will hit down- stream a day or two earlier, Evans said. He does not ex- pect the diver- sion to increase problems with ice in downstream communities. "If you have ice problems now, you will still have them but a day or two won't make it worse," he said. "The increase in volume will be less than people think. It will be very small." Waffle: up to 2. I million acre feet held back The Waffle study estimates that from 583,400 acre feet to 2,188,400 acre feet of wa- ter could be stored in land depressions dur- ing flooding. (An acre foot is the amount of water required to cover one acre of land to a depth of one foot.) Based on the storage estimates, the report says 334,200 to 1,170,500 acres of land could be under water during a flood. The report also estimates that the amount of acreage for which farmers would receive payment for storing water during a flood would range from 405,300 to 1,414,600 acres. Compensated acreage would include not only land that is under water but land with restricted access as a result of water storage. Since the rate of compensation has not been determined, Kurtz said she doesn't know what operating costs will be but her ,best es- timate is that 50 landowners in the program would require about a half million dollars in compensation. The first step in implementation, which will go on concurrently with the public meet- ings, is to identify parcels of ground that would be strategically most desirable for the storage of water. The identification will be made initially with Lidar, a computerized program. That selection will be confirmed with field measurements and the landowner asked to participate. Part of what the public meetings will do is help to measure the willingness of famers and landowners to participate. "We have to approach the farmers in a businesslike manner. We know they are run- ning a business and we don't expect to use their land for nothing. But if they don't store the water, we don't pay," Galen said of his efforts to assemble the first group of water starers. He is hoping to get long term financial support from the federal government, per- haps in the 2012 new farm bill funding. Neither the Corps nor the EERC believes their program is a complete solution to the Red River flooding. The northward flow into cold and ice-b6und territory, the relatively slow fall of the river and a history of flooding thousands of years old are against them. 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