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.
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Kameron Dahl of Drayton, N.D., weighed in a 17.08-pound channel catfish to win the Whopper category and land the $1,000 top prize Sunday, Aug. 12, in the Drayton Rod and Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament on the Red River in Drayton. This year's tournament drew 64 anglers fishing in 27 boats. Rounding out the top anglers, the size of their fish and their winnings were: • Second: Jensen Bauer, Duluth, 15.69 pounds, $500. • Third: Hannah Lindberg, Duluth, 15.63 pounds, $240. • Fourth: Mickey Matti, Halstad, Minn., 14.95 pounds, $150.
There's a new sign at some North Dakota fishing destinations this summer, reminding anglers of the value of the resources they are about to pursue. The message the signs impart is simple: "Fish Responsibly. Only Keep What You Will Use. Fish Are Too Valuable To Waste." Game and Fish put signs into place at some of the state's higher-use boat ramps on the Missouri River System, Devils Lake and elsewhere.
Gary Johnson was teaching math and business in 1968 in his hometown of Humboldt, Minn., when the school superintendent asked if he could help teach firearms safety. Fifty years later, Johnson still teaches firearms safety—and has no plans of stopping anytime soon. Teaching the course has been a good fit, he says. "I've been in a family that hunts ever since I was born," Johnson, 79, said Thursday. "I love the outdoors. I've been raised on a farm so it just kind of comes naturally." Plus, he said, "I still can outwalk most of my family" during deer season.
To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events Park vehicle passes are required for all events at North Dakota and Minnesota state parks. Vehicle passes are $7 daily and $35 annually in both states. • Aug. 14: Birding in the Campground, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Red River State Recreation Area, East Grand Forks. Info: Catherine Johnson, email@example.com .
Walleye released 25-inch minimum 28½ inches and 25 inches -- Tom Neibauer, Middle River, Minn., Lake of the Woods . Perch released 13-inch minimum 15 inches -- Leon Mucha, Buffalo City, Wis., Devils Lake .
NEAR WINNIPEG—David, a peregrine falcon hatched in 2016 atop the UND water tower, was about a year and a half old when he was found grounded with a wing injury last September along the Red River in Winnipeg. Named after Grand Forks birding expert David Lambeth, the young peregrine spent several weeks recovering at Wildlife Haven, a Winnipeg rehab facility, but the injury resulted in one wing being shorter than the other.
From the "wow, that's cool" department comes this news about a peregrine falcon hatched in 2016 atop the UND water tower and named after longtime Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty. Marilyn the Peregrine is alive and well and has produced two offspring—a male and a female—this year in rural southern Manitoba. Tim Driscoll, the regional raptor expert who banded Marilyn in 2016, said he got the news from Tracy Maconachie, coordinator of the Manitoba Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project.
The new Willie Walleye statue in Baudette, Minn., has been in place more than a month, and a dedication event is set for Thursday, Aug. 23, the Northern Light newspaper reported on its Facebook page.
Brad Vollrath of Grand Forks caught and released this 48-inch muskie July 29 on the Ontario side of Lake of the Woods.
A federal working lands program that taps into the power of partnerships to benefit soil and water conservation is taking root in Grand Forks County, and partners got a first-hand look Tuesday at the practices being established on two sites. About 20 people, mostly from partnering agencies and organizations, attended a field tour of two very different operations enrolled in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which is administered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.