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N.D. Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner: A colored-pencil drawing of canvasbacks by Mark Staples of Harwood, N.D., was named as "Best of Show" winner in this year's North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest. A junior at West Fargo High School, Staples, 17, estimates he spent about 50 hours working on his winning entry. Sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the North Dakota contest this year drew 1,184 entries. Staples' winning artwork now will compete at the National Junior Duck Stamp Contes...

OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: Online oil impact petition, Long-term campsites etc.

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N.D. online petition tackles oil impacts

An outdoor recreation enthusiast from Dickinson, N.D., has launched an online petition drive to bring awareness to the impact the state's oil boom is having on recreation, tourism, wildlife and agriculture.


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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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