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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Vanessa Cooper, a freshman at Fordville-Lankin Public School in Fordville, N.D., shot her first whitetail buck Sunday, Sept. 24, the last day of North Dakota's youth deer season. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Banquets
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 27 inches and 26½ inches—Rick Ulrich, Hilton Head Island, SC, Devils Lake. Report your big fish tales to Brad Dokken at firstname.lastname@example.org , by phone at (701) 780-1148 or toll-free (800) 477-6572 ext. 148, or mail to Brad Dokken, c/o The Grand Forks Herald, 375 Second Ave. N., Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58206-6008. Please include the angler's town of residence and whether the fish was kept or released.
Cal Hanson, a freshman at Kittson Central High School in Hallock, Minn., shot his first archery buck on the opening day of Minnesota's archery deer season Sept. 16. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
Paul Socoski IV, 14 (left), and his sister, Hailey Socoski, 12, shot these does during North Dakota’s youth deer season. Click on the image to see the complete photo.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 30 inches—Don Rodgers, West Fargo, Devils Lake. • 28 inches—Julie Starren, Grand Forks, Lake of the Woods. • 28 and 25 inches—Austin Bicker, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. • 27 inches—Ryan Larson, Larimore, N.D., Devils Lake. Smallmouth bass released 16-inch minimum • 18 inches—Cody Mosbrucker, West Fargo, Lake Ashtabula, N.D. Smallmouth bass kept 3-pound minimum
September is Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month, and while September days are numbered, the importance of being safe in a tree stand doesn't end Sept. 30. If anything, tree stand safety becomes even more important as deer gun and muzzleloader seasons approach. Every fall, it seems, hunters make news for all the wrong reasons after falling out of tree stands in accidents that could have been prevented.
WILLIAMS, Minn.—Curt Quesnell barely has a chance to get his boat up on plane before he reaches one of his favorite Lake of the Woods fishing spots on this crisp Monday morning in late September. So much for the adage that fishing always is better on the other side of the lake. For Quesnell, this side of Lake of the Woods near Long Point has been just fine, thank you very much. It's been that way for the past month, he says.
BADGER, Minn.—Like most stained glass artists, Sherri Kruger started small with plaques, decorative crosses and similar pieces. Now she's hit the big time—so to speak—with a panel that's 24 feet long and 12 feet high. The Badger Community Heritage Wall—as Kruger's public art project is called—uses thousands of stained glass pieces to tell the story of the town's history and culture.
To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events • Sept. 30: Bike Your Park and National Public Lands Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D.