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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WALKER, Minn.—The northwest wind was howling; screaming, in fact. On that point there could be no dispute. When you fish big water such as Leech Lake, though, you make the best of what Mother Nature throws you, and that was Toby Kvalevog's mindset on this August afternoon muskie excursion.
The past two weeks have been a blur as a combination of work and vacation took me everywhere from the Northwest Angle to the Twin Cities. On the work front, I was up at the Northwest Angle on Monday, Aug. 21 to report on an event celebrating the launch of a new border crossing system in this remote part of Minnesota that marks the northernmost point of the continental U.S.
NDGF allocates five sheep tags The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is allocating five bighorn sheep licenses for this fall's hunting season, three fewer than 2016. The number of once-in-a-lifetime licenses allotted to hunters is based on data collected from the department's recently completed summer population survey. Results of the survey showed a total of 83 rams, 21 fewer than 2016.
To get an event in the outdoors 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. Fishing • Sept. 7-10: Devils Lake Walleye School, featuring walleye pros Johnnie Candle and Bruce "Doc" Samson, Woodland Resort, Devils Lake. Cost $695, includes three nights lodging, meals, classroom instruction, on the water training, boat docking, bait and ice. Info:
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 27 inches—Scott Sinner, Duluth, Devils Lake. • 26 inches—Roland Boucher, Erskine, Minn., Lake of the Woods. Northern pike released 32-inch minimum • 42 inches—Peg Powers, Marshalltown, Iowa, Devils Lake. • 33 inches—Ben Koppelman, West Fargo, Devils Lake. Northern pike kept 20-pound minimum • 22 pounds, 10 ounces—Paula Price, Marshalltown, Iowa, Devils Lake. • 21 pounds, 7 ounces—Dean Duddeck, Beloit, Wis., Devils Lake.
Drought across far northwest Minnesota has pushed fire danger to "Very High" levels, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking people to avoid burning and be extremely cautious as Labor Day weekend approaches. Conditions are shaping up to be very similar to the dry fall of 2012, when wildfire destroyed about a dozen homes in Karlstad, Minn., and burned 25,000 acres in Beltrami Island State Forest near Fourtown, Minn., said Adam Munstenteiger, area forestry supervisor for the DNR in Warroad, Minn.
Carl Sandahl, Thief River Falls, caught and released this northern pike. No further information was available.
Trinity D., East Grand Forks, released this 26-inch northern pike Aug. 26 on Maple Lake near Mentor, Minn.
Trey D., 11, East Grand Forks, released this 19-inch northern pike Aug. 26 on Maple Lake near Mentor, Minn.
Scott Sinner of Duluth released this 27-inch walleye Aug. 26 on Devils Lake.