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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One of the best things about having a place in the boonies of northern Minnesota is the opportunity it provides to really hear what nature has to say. That's especially true early in the morning and at dusk, although darkness also produces its share of memorable sounds. Last weekend, for the first time in several years, I heard a whippoorwill, a nocturnal bird more often heard than seen.
Shooting • June 16: Minnesota, Utah, Florida and Arizona Permit to Carry training, 10 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info/registration: Laura, (218) 252-1631. • June 16: North Dakota Class II testing, 8:30 a.m., Aalto's Cafe, Canad Inns, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674. • June 19: North Dakota Class II instruction and testing, 6 p.m.; Utah instruction and certification, 7:30 p.m., Grand Forks Masonic Center, lower level, 423 Bruce Ave., Grand Forks.
Q. What's the best way to get the smell off a dog that's been sprayed by a skunk? A. Funny you should ask because a friend encountered just this dilemma last weekend when "Bailey," his German shorthair, took a direct hit from one of those infamous "striped kitties." The streaks of yellow spray were clearly apparent on either side of the dog's white hair.
DNR confirms new zebra mussel finding The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed this week that zebra mussels have been found in Sand Lake in Itasca County. DNR experts confirmed the finding of a homeowner who found adult zebra mussels attached to a dock removed from Sand Lake last fall. Preliminary searches of connected waters also found zebra mussels in Little Sand Lake. Sand Lake and Little Sand Lake are part of a chain of lakes that eventually flow into the Bigfork River.
June is National Camping Month, and whether your preference is a primitive campsite in northern Minnesota, an RV site with full electrical and water hookups with shopping and nightlife nearby or a modern cabin in a state park, there is no shortage of options within a few hours' drive. It's not a complete list by any means, but here are 10 getaways -- five in Minnesota and five in North Dakota -- to get you started. Some are well-known; others, not so much.
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. Shooting • Monday: Junior Summer Sporting Clays Program registration and informational evening, 7 p.m., Dakota Hunting Club and Kennel Lodge, 1854 11th Ave. N.E., Grand Forks. First league evening is 7 p.m. June 10. Info: Mike Collings, (701) 213-2405 or sporting clays range, (701) 772-8789.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 30¼, 29, 28½, 28, 25½, 25 and 25 inches -- Steve Nosbisch, Bemidji, Lake of the Woods, Ont. • 29½ inches -- Bob Glassmann, Roseau, Minn., Lake of the Woods, Man. • 29 inches -- Rob Vollrath, Grand Forks, Lake of the Woods, Ont. • 29 and 27 inches -- Chris Lauer, Viking, Minn., Lake of the Woods. • 28½ inches -- Don Nosbisch, Stewartville, Minn., Lake of the Woods, Ont. • 26½ and 25½ inches -- Lacey Riopelle, Bemidji, Lake of the Woods, Ont. • 27 inches -- Mick Riopelle, Warren, Minn., Lake of the Woods, Ont. •
Conserving grasslands and wetlands on the saline prairie of Grand Forks County is the focus of a new partnership between the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Grand Forks County Soil Conservation District and several other agencies and nongovernmental organizations. According to Lorilie Atkinson, soil conservationist for the Grand Forks County NRCS, the partners in the Grand Forks County Prairie Project teamed up in an effort to better educate farmers and other landowners about the variety of programs available and the benefits prairie habitat provides. The project covers portions
NEAR CANDO, N.D. -- The dozens of anglers lined up on shore and anchored in small boats looked almost out of place next to the huge farm equipment just a lure's cast away as farmers scrambled to catch up with fieldwork delayed by a spring that was slow in arriving. This time of year, though, fishing and farming often converge as anglers flock to the coulees and ditches that flow into Devils Lake.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 29 inches -- Putt Kern, Baudette, Minn., Rainy River. • 29 inches -- Ted Bennett, South Junction, Man., Rainy River. • 29 inches -- Ashley Quam, Tolna, N.D., Sheyenne River. Walleye kept 8-pound minimum • 10 pounds, 5 ounces -- Nathan Mytych, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. • 9 pounds -- Kendall Peterson, Devils Lake, Devils Lake. Northern pike kept 20-pound minimum • 23 pounds, 12 ounces -- Rick Tradel, Glyndon, Minn., Devils Lake. Paddlefish kept 70-pound minimum • 82 pounds -- Lucas Und