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Impoundments such as the Brandt-Angus impoundment in northwest Minnesota were built for flood control, but they're providing a secondary benefit as birdwatching destinations. (Brad Dokken photo)

Northwest Minnesota watershed district taps into tourism potential of flood control impoundments

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WARREN, Minn. — Danny Omdahl knew nothing of buffleheads or pelican nests until the local watershed district built a series of five impoundments to manage the floodwaters that sometimes ravaged this tabletop-flat area of northwest Minnesota.

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Brad Dokken
Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 
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