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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The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds boat owners in the state that youths ages 12 to 15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft this summer first must take the state's boating basics course. State law requires young people ages 12 to 15 to pass the course before they operate a boat or personal watercraft with at least a 10-horsepower motor. In addition, major insurance companies give adult boat owners who pass the course a premium discount on boat insurance. The course is available for home study from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's Bismarck office.
N.D. mule deer numbers increase The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has completed its annual spring mule deer survey, and results indicate western North Dakota's mule deer population has...
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148; or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays.
Q. Have you heard whether we will have to take that AIS (aquatic invasive species) test to transport your boat down the highway in Minnesota? A. I hadn't heard, but...
This is a good news and bad news kind of story. That is, it could be good news or bad news depending on how you look at it. The news is that more than two dozen species of sparrows occur in Grand Forks County, some of them very hard to tell apart. That's good news if you enjoy identification challenges. It's bad news if you are impatient and easily frustrated. The plentitude of sparrows is manageable, though, with a systematic approach.
Chris Davis of Tolna, N.D., shared this story about his 2-year-old son, Cast—with a name like that, you know he has to be a fisherman—and a memorable day of fishing...
Conservation in North Dakota didn’t make any gains during the 2015 legislative session, a mostly quiet one for hunting and fishing issues. Lawmakers adjourned Wednesday. The state’s longstanding policy against...
The half-million or so anglers venturing out for this year’s Minnesota walleye opener will encounter a drastically different fishing scenario than they have the past two years. Thanks to an...
Lake of the Woods Sturgeon fishing is spotty near the mouth of the Rainy River, and that is mirrored by recent reports from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers. Eric Benjamin, a DNR conservation officer in Warroad, Minn., said sturgeon fishing near the mouth of the Rainy River was slow last weekend, and most anglers were finding it a challenge to hook into one. Conservation officer Hannah Cowden, also of Warroad, had a similar report, writing she saw little success. By comparison, sturgeon anglers farther upstream were doing much better.
Don Anderson of Grand Forks caught this 21-pound catfish Thursday morning on the Red River in Grand Forks. The fish was released after a quick photo.