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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Pike released 32-inch minimum • 37 inches—Mark Pilch, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. Perch released 13-inch minimum • 14 inches—Allison Schmill, Devils Lake, Devils Lake. Sturgeon released 45-inch minimum • 63½ inches—Jake Waldo, Bovey, Minn., Rainy River*. • 63 inches and 59 inches—Tony Klaers, Bemidji, Rainy River*. • 63 inches—Mark Sage, Thompson, N.D., Rainy River*. • 62⅛ inches—Ben Simonson, Valley City, N.D., Rainy River*.
Close, but no cigar. That could describe the big muskie Ryan Getz of Bismarck caught Saturday, Feb. 24, while ice fishing on New Johns Lake in Burleigh County. The muskie, which hit a herring set below a tip-up, measured 51 inches and weighed 41 pounds, 5 ounces and would have set a new North Dakota state record if it had been a hybrid muskie. Instead, genetic tests revealed the big fish was a pure-strain muskie, said Scott Gangl, Fisheries Management Section leader for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck.
ROSS, Minn. -- Two months after winning the lottery, Debbie Kujava and her brother, Dennis Kujava, are adjusting to their new lives as millionaires. The winning Lotto America ticket Debbie bought as part of a Jackpot Bundle on Tuesday, March 13, at Holiday Stationstores in Roseau, Minn., was worth $22.8 million, and the $13.5 million cash option she chose was whittled down to $9.4 million after the required tax withholding. The odds of winning were about 1 in 24 million, Debbie Kujava says. She kept it quiet until March 19, when Lotto America made it official.
ROSS, Minn.—Two months after winning the lottery, Debbie Kujava and her brother, Dennis Kujava, are adjusting to their new lives as millionaires. The winning Lotto America ticket Debbie bought as part of a Jackpot Bundle on Tuesday, March 13, at Holiday Stationstores in Roseau, Minn., was worth $22.8 million, and the $13.5 million cash option she chose was whittled down to $9.4 million after the required tax withholding. The odds of winning were about 1 in 24 million, Debbie Kujava says. She kept it quiet until March 19, when Lotto America made it official.
If there was such a thing as a perfect weather forecast going into the Minnesota Fishing Opener, it would look a lot like the predictions on tap for Saturday and Sunday across northern Minnesota from the National Weather Service. Fishing season for walleyes and northern pike officially gets underway at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, and some 500,000 anglers are expected to hit their favorite lake or stream in pursuit of Minnesota's state fish, the walleye. Walleyes and pike have been off-limits on Minnesota inland waters since late February.
Recent rainfall has prompted Grand Forks County officials to lift the burning ban that had been put in place last week. The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office in a news release said it still urges caution when burning and recommends people notify local fire departments before burning. Another burn ban could be put into effect if conditions change, the sheriff's office said.
If just the thought of forest tent caterpillars is enough to make your skin crawl, there's favorable news in the woods this spring as trees begin leafing out across the region. This year's tent caterpillar season looks pretty meek across Minnesota, forest experts say. "It's hard to know exactly, as it is every year, but we're not poised for a major outbreak or anything like that," said Mike Parisio, forest health specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Bemidji. "I'd say we're in for a pretty typical year."
If you're one of those goofball anglers thinking it would be fun to go ice fishing on Minnesota's fishing opener, prepare to be disappointed. There very likely will be ice floating around some northern Minnesota lakes come opening day, but you'll need a boat to reach it. That annual rite of spring known as the Minnesota walleye opener kicks off at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 12.
North Dakota doesn't have the anticipation of a walleye opener because fishing season is continuous, but Lake Sakakawea is looking like the go-to destination for North Dakota walleye fanatics this open-water season, biologists say.
Somebody asked me the other day if I had a favorite fish to catch—or try to catch. I had to think about that before responding. Walleyes are right up there, to be sure—I think that's almost a requirement if you live in Minnesota or North Dakota—but I'm content reeling in pretty much any fish that graces the end of my line.