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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Tim Driscoll suspected something was wrong when the oldest of the three peregrine falcon chicks hatched this spring atop the UND water tower simply disappeared. A licensed bander and raptor expert, Driscoll, of Grand Forks, banded the peregrine in early June, naming him Carl after Carl Barrentine, an associate professor emeritus of humanities and integrated studies at UND. The young peregrine was within days of fledging when he disappeared in late June, and a climber who scaled the tower Thursday, July 13, to check the nest box confirmed the worst, Driscoll said.
Brayden Puppe, 13, of Bemidji caught this 1.3-pound sunfish, 1.4-pound rock bass and 3.7-pound largemouth bass off his grandfather’s dock on Leech Lake over the July Fourth weekend. Click on the images to see the complete photos.
Jessica Howell is aquatic nuisance species coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Howell has a master's degree in fisheries science from South Dakota State University, where she worked on Asian carp, a nasty collection of invasive species that includes the silver carp known for leaping out of the water. "I've been hit by one of those jumping out of the water, by the way, and it hurts," she said. Howell was aquatic invasive species coordinator for the state of Kansas before joining Game and Fish in February 2016. She is based in Jamestown, N.D.
To get an event in the 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 • July 21: Amphitheater program, "Native Moths," 9:30 to 11 p.m., Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Info: (701) 594-4445 or parkrec.nd.gov/parks/trsp/trsp.html. • July 22: Dakota Explorers—"Clever Caterpillars," 10 a.m., Visitor Center, Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Info: (701) 594-4445 or parkrec.nd.gov/parks/trsp/trsp.html.
Ruffed grouse counts increase Minnesota's ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were up 57 percent statewide from last year, results from a survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources show. This year's survey tallied 2.1 drums per stop statewide, up from 1.3 last year. Counts vary from about 0.6 drums per stop during years of low grouse abundance to about 2.0 during years of high abundance.
Olivia Broeren, 12, of Mapleton, N.D., caught this 26½-inch walleye July 1 on Stump Lake. Her grandpa, Karl Broeren of Northwood, N.D., said he is getting the fish mounted for her.
Grassland conservation in Grand Forks County is getting a boost from a $121,220 Outdoor Heritage Fund grant awarded to Audubon Dakota through the state Industrial Commission. Coupled with matching funds and in-kind labor from Audubon and other partners, including the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, the total grant package is $450,000.
To get an event in the 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 • July 9: "Learning at the Lakes: Recycling," 2 p.m. Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minn. Hosted by the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association.
Entering Canada by water just got easier for anglers and other boaters who cross the border for the day and follow a simple set of guidelines. As part of a new Canadian law, private boaters no longer have to report to the Canada Border Services Agency if they don't land on Canadian soil; don't anchor, moor or make contact with another conveyance in Canadian waters; and don't embark or disembark people or goods in Canada.
MIDDLE RIVER, Minn.—Joel Huener says he's always been "kind of a rabid do-it-yourselfer," a trait that also rubbed off on his hunting and fishing. "I tie flies, I make rods and I load my own ammo," says Huener, 61, a wildlife biologist and manager of Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area. "I see something and think, 'Well, I could do that.' And sometimes I can and sometimes more successfully than others."