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Jessi Padilla (right), Thief River Falls, was selected from among tens of thousands of students completing an online hunter education course to go on this year's Dream Hunt offered through Padilla and her instructor, Brian Krantz, Argyle, Minn., received an all-expenses paid trip to meet and hunt with hunting TV celebrity Eva Shockey (left) at Camp Five Outfitters in California. Padilla bagged this turkey on the first morning of her two-day hunt. (Photo credit:

TRF teen and her firearms safety instructor win "Dream Hunt"


But as they soon realized, the call was no hoax.

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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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