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OUTDOORS CALENDAR: Catfish tournament, waterfowl hunting workshop, more

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To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572, ext. 1148; or by email at Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays.


• July 30-31: Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. LaFave Park below Cabela's in East Grand Forks is tournament headquarters. Entry fee $230 per two-person team. Info/registration: or

• Aug. 13: Red River Valley Catfish League year end tournament, North Landing, Grand Forks; $100 entry fee; need not be a member. Info:

• Aug. 20: 11th annual Thief River Falls Lions Fishing Tournament, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thief and Red Lake rivers in and around Thief River Falls. Must be present for 8:30 a.m. rules meeting. Tournament rules and info:


• July 24: I-Bog: On the bogwalk, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Info: (218) 308-2300.

• Aug. 12-14 and 19-21: Game Fair 2016, Armstrong Ranch Kennels, 4 ½ miles west of Anoka, Minn. Info/schedule:

• Aug. 12: Youth waterfowl hunting workshop, 9 a.m., Great Plains Ducks Unlimited office, 2525 River Road, Bismarck. Free event, lunch included. Workshop set for 9 a.m. to noon with two afternoon target shooting sessions at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, North Dakota Game and Fish and the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Club. Info: Jennifer Kross, or (701) 202-8896.

• Sept. 16-17: Minnesota Deer Hunters Association membership gathering, Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minn. Info:

Turtle River State Park

Here is a list of summer interpretive programs at Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. All programs are free with a park entrance pass. For more information, contact Turtle River State Park at (701) 594-4445 or check out the website at

• July 24: "Walk on the Wild Side" hike, 10 a.m., Visitor Center.

• July 29: Amphitheater program, "Trees Please," 8 p.m.

• July 30: Dakota Explorers, "Animal Tracks and Traces," 10 a.m.

• July 30: Amphitheater program, "Creepy Crawlies," 8 p.m.

• July 31: "Walk on the Wild Side" hike, 10 a.m., Woodland Lodge.

• Aug. 5: Amphitheater program, "Nature's Pallet," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 6: Dakota Explorers, "Colorful Confusion," 10 a.m., Visitor Center.

• Aug. 6: Art in the Park with Nicole Gagner, 1 to 3 p.m., CCC shelter.

• Aug. 7: Wet exhibit with Nicole Gagner, 10 a.m., Visitor Center.

• Aug. 12: Amphitheater program, "Incredible Journey," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 13: Dakota Explorers, "Wild for Water," 10 a.m., CCC shelter.

• Aug. 13: Amphitheater program, "Water and You," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 14: "Walk on the Wild Side" hike, 10 a.m., CCC shelter.

• Aug. 19: Amphitheater program, "Campfire Cooking," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 20: Dakota Explorers, "Survival Strategies," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 20: Amphitheater program, "Way Finding in the Wild," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 21: "Walk on the Wild Side" hike, 10 a.m., Visitor Center.

• Aug. 26: Amphitheater program, "Things That Go Bump in the Night," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 27: Dakota Explorers, "Stars and Stories," 10 a.m., Visitor Center.

• Aug. 27: Amphitheater program, "Bats," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 28: "Walk on the Wild Side" hike, 10 a.m., Woodland Lodge.

• Sept. 2: Amphitheater program, "Camping Games," 8 p.m.

• Sept. 3: Dakota Explorers, "Games Galore," 10 a.m., Visitor Center.

• Sept. 3: Amphitheater program, "Nature Jeopardy," 8 p.m.

• Sept. 4: "Walk on the Wild Side" hike, 10 a.m., CCC shelter.

• Sept. 4: Amphitheater program, "Playing in Our Backyard," 8 p.m.

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. 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. 

(701) 780-1148