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.
- Member for
- 2 years 4 months
ROSEAU, Minn. -- When the Antique Snowmobile Club of America picked Roseau as the site for its 2015 winter convention and "Back in the Day Snowmobile Getaway" last month, the group paid tribute to a snowmobile pioneer. David Johnson, 92, built the first Polaris snowmobile in January 1956 in a Roseau machine shop and is recognized as one of the founders -- along with brothers Allan and Edgar Hetteen -- of Polaris Industries. Today, Polaris is headquartered in Medina, Minn., and has annual sales of nearly $4.5 billion.
NEAR PLUMMER, Minn. -- An early spring might be a welcome turn of events for hibernating bears, but it's worrisome for researchers seeking to find the animals in their dens...
Lake of the Woods Ice fishing remains in full swing, but look for that to change if warm weather persists. According to a report Thursday from Sportsman's Lodge, the lake still had nearly 4 feet of ice, Four-Mile Bay at the mouth of the Rainy River had 38 inches, and the river in that area had 33 inches of ice. Meanwhile, the Rainy River is opening farther upstream, and the Kuttes Access west of International Falls, Minn., is ice- and snow-free and open for launching.
Stuart McFarlane of Roseau, Minn., caught this 45-inch northern March 7 while fishing Buffalo Bay on the Manitoba side of Lake of the Woods. McFarlane said he'd been targeting pike...
Ken Vasek of East Grand Forks released this 29-inch walleye on Lake of the Woods.
Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for March 9: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers and...
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 30½ inches -- Bruce Mosher, Beltrami, Minn., Lake Winnipeg. • 27 inches and 26 inches -- Tom Rongen, Fertile, Minn., Lake Winnipeg. • 27 inches -- Barry Rongen, Dent, Minn., Lake Winnipeg. Walleye kept 8-pound minimum • 10 pounds, 2 ounces -- Mat Senger, Crary, N.D., Devils Lake. Yellow perch kept 1 ¾-pound minimum • 2 pounds, 13 ounces -- Brett Kenner, Leeds, N.D., Devils Lake. • 1 pound, 15 ounces -- Wyatt Jelinek, Pisek, N.D., Devils Lake.
NDGF increases elk, moose tags The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will be offering more elk and moose licenses than last year, but there will be no bighorn sheep...
Spend enough time ice fishing, and it's inevitable that a rod and reel or some other piece of gear is going to get knocked down the hole. What's amazing is how often the items are retrieved from the icy depths. Consider this latest example: Bruce Mosher of Beltrami, Minn., along with fishing buddies Tom Rongen of Fertile, Minn., and Barry Rongen of Dent, Minn., were set up on Lake Winnipeg on Monday afternoon, the Rongen brothers in one portable shelter and Mosher fishing nearby. Tom Rongen had just gotten done measuring and taking photos of a 27-inch walleye he'd caught and stepped into M
Q. Are snowy owls common around the Forks area? I've only seen three in my life, and two of those were last week alone. A. Snowy owls aren't uncommon around Grand Forks in the winter, although some winters are better than others.