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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A UND associate professor of biology recently was honored for new research into noninvasive methods for monitoring polar bears in northern Manitoba. Brian Darby received the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award, which carries a $10,000 grant, from The Animal Welfare Institute.
JoAnn Vollrath of Grand Forks released this 29-inch walleye Sept. 5 on Lake of the Woods near Morson, Ont.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—The public duck banding event scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Noah Novak, 12, of Grand Forks caught, measured, weighed and then released this 12.59-pound walleye Aug. 29 on Lake of the Woods. Novak is in seventh grade.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1148; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays.
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It was story time the night before a recent fishing trip when a good friend reminded me of a long-ago incident that soon had the two of us in tears because we were laughing so hard at the memory On the scale of Stupid Things People Do On Fishing Trips, this one was right up there. It was June 1992, and three of us had embarked on a weeklong fly-in fishing trip to a remote lake about 100 air miles north of Red Lake, Ont. A popular departure point for fly-in fishing adventures and famous for its Norseman bush planes, Red Lake is about 425 miles northeast of Grand Forks. We were barely out of
Mark your calendars for an evening of duck banding at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Thief River Falls. All ages are welcome to join in the fun and "ruffle some feathers." No pre-registration is required, and the event is free to the public. Meet at refuge headquarters. Banding ducks is a "hands on" experience and can be a little messy, so participants should dress sensibly. Old clothing or rain gear is recommended for anyone who plans to handle the ducks.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 12.59 pounds—Noah Novak, Grand Forks, Lake of the Woods. Northern pike released 32-inch minimum • 36½ inches—Terry Johnson, Glendale, Ariz., Lake of the Woods. • 34 inches—David Bergman, Phoenix, Lake of the Woods. Muskie released 40-inch minimum • 40 inches—David Bergman, Phoenix, Lake of the Woods. Catfish released 30-inch minimum • 36, 36 and 34 inches—Tyler Johnson, Ross, Minn., Red River, Man. Walleye kept 8-pound minimum