The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has determined that a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) is required for the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority’s revised flood risk management project.According to the release, the DNR will prepare the SEIS to analyze modifications in the revised project proposal. The DNR invites comments on the scope of the SEIS through June 11. The scope will determine what will be evaluated in the SEIS.The SEIS describes the proposed project, identifies environmental impacts and considers mitigation and alternatives that may lessen those impacts. The supplemental review, which is not an entirely new EIS, will focus on those aspects of the revised project that were not evaluated in the original environmental impact statement (EIS).The DNR will conduct the SEIS work concurrently with its review of the Diversion Authority’s permit application for its revised project.The proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood risk management project is a dam and diversion channel system designed to divert flood waters around Fargo, North Dakota; Moorhead, Minnesota; and surrounding metropolitan areas.The DNR denied the Diversion Authority’s previous permit application in October 2016 because it included insufficient mitigation; it did not meet state and local plans, rules and statutes; and there are alternatives that can provide needed protection.Since then, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton created a joint task force to develop engineering options to address concerns about the project’s impacts. The project applicant considered the task force’s work in developing the current project proposal.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing a federal supplemental environmental assessment for the proposed project, which is similar to the state SEIS in scope and purpose.The DNR will accept comments on the scope of the SEIS during a 20-day period beginning May 22 and ending June 11.
It’s amazing how fast time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I walked up the tedious three flights of stairs to the top of the Herald office and stood in a big circle telling 50+ people I’d never met that I was the new associate sports editor.But, then again, the same can be said for my first office party, or even the first time I came into the office two-and-a-half years ago as a writer with precisely zero experience in the field. Honestly, I wasn’t even going to be a journalist when I came to the Herald. I was headed to long days at Grainger when I transferred here at the start of my sophomore year. Probably best it didn’t end up that way. I never was much of one to wear a suit. But, like all good things, everything must come to and end, and so must my time as a sports editor and sports columnist at the Herald.It’s been a hell of a run, though, taking road trips across the nation (including my last Herald-sponsored trek to sunny Florida in a few weeks — I know, my life is rough), arguing over who’s the better coach to party with, explaining to Schmoldt why he won’t get a raise no matter how good he thought his writing skills were last year. Ah, the memories.And really, what’s life without memories? The only difference with my memories is that I got to share them with 16,000 readers, five days a week. I know Ziemer listed a bunch of memories in his farewell piece yesterday, so I won’t bother reiterating any of the experiences he mentioned. However, I do have one memory I would like to share:Joe Pa in Chicago: Listening to Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno speak at the preseason Media Day festivities in Chicago was definitely the perfect way to open the season. I’m not going sit here and write that I’ve been a fan of the Nittany Lions since I grew up and that I’ve followed coach Paterno’s career ever since I can remember because, well, that would be both cheesy and a lie.However, any fan of college football cannot help but admire the man for everything he’s accomplished. That being said, the highlight of sitting one chair away from the man with the thick coke-bottle glasses was undoubtedly his story about getting his picture taken with a bikini-clad girl on the beach. After telling the girl no a few times, Joe Pa finally gave in, but the kicker was the girl ended up mailing copies of the picture to his house. His wife saw them and asked what it was all about.The story could absolutely have been in the vein of a Bo Ryan joke story, but still, the story was priceless coming from the ageless wonder himself. Hilarious stuff.And thus ends my ability to live out my experiences on the pages of The Badger Herald.So, to the readers, I thank you for the past year. I thank you for allowing me to voice my opinions and experiences in a forum that few ever get the privilege to utilize.My opinions were sometimes accepted and, other times, judging by the hate mail I got on the second-floor bathroom in College Library, not so much. (P.S. To whoever insulted my sex life on this nice little bathroom message-board thread, I’ve got a redhead waiting at home for me who’d beg to differ with your assertion.)Good arguments are what sports is all about, and again, I thank everyone who picked up The Badger Herald to read mine on a weekly basis for the past year. It’s been a privilege to have your attention.Adam Parks ([email protected]) would like to thank Tom Ziemer for being the best co-editor a man could ask for, and a true friend; Michael Robinson for dragging his ass into The Badger Herald office two-and-a-half long years ago and getting him off the business school track; Eric Schmoldt and Shannon Van Curen for continuing the strong Herald sports legacy and all the rest of the staff that have made the past year unforgettable.
The first season of the Michael Cooper era didn’t go quite as planned.Despite posting a 19-12 record and advancing to the Pac-10 conference semifinals, the USC women’s basketball team was not selected to play in the NCAA tournament. The snub left a bitter taste in the team’s mouth, which declined an invitation to participate in the less prestigious National Invitational Tournament.“It was a little heartbreaking, but we put the decision in the selection committee’s hands and we’re not doing that this year,” said junior guard Ashley Corral.On the rise · Senior guard Jacki Gemelos shoots over a UCLA defender last season. The senior helped lead the Women of Troy to a 19-12 record in 2009, creating high expectations to be set for the upcoming season. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan This season, the team expects more out of itself. Cooper, in his second year at the helm, said the players and staff have more familiarity with each other.“I think as a team and as coaches we know each other [better],” Cooper said. “They understand our philosophy now, so I’m looking for bigger and brighter things.”Any improvement the team sees will result from an intense off-season spent training. Senior guard Jacki Gemelos said every player on the team stayed in Los Angeles this summer to work on her game, and junior guard Briana Gilbreath said the team used last season as motivation during the off-season.“The fact that we need to determine our own fate this year is what made us work so hard,” Gilbreath said.To get there, the Women of Troy will face a number of challenges.Just reaching last season’s win total will be an accomplishment. The Women of Troy compiled a record of 12-6 in conference play last season, a mark that will be difficult to duplicate. Making matters worse, the Women of Troy lost several important contributors this season, including guard Hailey Dunham and guard/forward Aarika Hughes.“Aarika was our biggest vocal leader, so a lot of us have tried to pick up that slack,” Gemelos said. “It isn’t easy replacing her.”Still, the team returns its core group of players. The team leaders are Corral (15.1 ppg, 5.0 apg) and Gilbreath (15.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg), who both earned All Pac-10 honors as sophomores. Gilbreath was also named the conference’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year.“I’m going to go out there and stop anybody who needs to be stopped,” Gilbreath said. “Helping out my teammates on defense and offense — whatever I need to do.”Other key contributors include senior center Kari LaPlante and Gemelos, who has struggled with injuries since arriving at USC five years ago. The senior guard, who said her game is starting to come back as she returns from a fourth knee surgery, will be counted on to provide the Women of Troy with another playmaker in the backcourt.“With Ashley and I being creators I think it’s going to open things up for everybody else,” she said.Sophomore forward Christina Marinacci also returns with a year under her belt after receiving Pac-10 All-Freshman Honorable Mention.Along with these players, the Women of Troy brought in a nationally ranked recruiting class that Cooper said he believes will make an immediate impact.“[Freshman forward Cassie] Harberts will definitely come in and contribute with some size underneath and a basketball IQ that is out of this world,” Cooper said. “[Freshman guard] Len’Nique Brown will give us a legitimate backup point guard that can create some offense for us in transition.”Cooper is not the only one impressed with the new additions. Gemelos expects Harberts, one of the top recruits in the country, to contend for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.“I think [Cassie] is that good,” she said. “It’s really nice to have another post presence inside for us guards.”Along with Harberts and Brown, the team also welcomes new faces in forward Desiree Bradley, center Lauren White and forward Thaddesia Southall.“We have a lot of great, new talent coming in and they should mold well with the team,” LaPlante said.With plenty of able-bodied freshmen and a healthy roster to begin the season, the Women of Troy should be able to utilize their depth. Last year, injuries plagued the team and forced the starters to log heavy minutes. Corral and Gilbreath both averaged more than 30 minutes per game, and Corral played the entire game on numerous occasions.“The main issue was us being healthy last year,” LaPlante said. “We had so many injuries, but now we have everybody coming back.”Redshirt sophomore guard Stefanie Gilbreath has also dealt with injuries during her career, having undergone three knee surgeries. She is expected to make her USC debut early this season, and the person most excited to see her back on the court is her younger sister, Briana.“It’s going to mean the world to me,” Briana Gilbreath said. “I can’t wait to get on the court with her again. Every time we’re out there together it’s like magic, so I’m excited.”The Women of Troy will also have some new coaches on the sidelines as well in Laura Beeman and Cooper’s son, Michael Cooper II. Cooper said he wanted a staff that he was comfortable with and could teach the players.“I’ve coached with Laura Beeman before and she’s from a winning program at Mt. Sac,” he said. “She’s been around a college atmosphere and I think she’ll come in and add some credibility as a coach that knows the Xs and Os.”With plenty of change in the offseason, the Women of Troy now get a new start to their season, where they can work to slowly build upon last year’s success.Despite all that happened last year, the Women of Troy look poised to improve upon last season and make a strong push for a Pac-10 title and a NCAA tournament bid. Still, the players know they cannot overlook any opponent.“We need to win games we should win,” LaPlante said. “We’ve put in a lot of work this summer so we control our own destiny.”USC kicks off its season Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. with an exhibition game against Biola. The team’s home opener is Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. against Gonzaga at the Galen Center.