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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There's still time to enter the Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament, set for Saturday and Sunday on the Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. LaFave Park in East Grand Forks is tournament headquarters, and fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. A mandatory pre-tournament meeting is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the headquarters site. According to IAFF Local 3423, the East Grand Forks firefighters union that runs the tournament, 78 teams had signed up for the competition as of Monday. The tournament is open to 125 two-person teams.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572, ext. 1148; or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Fishing • July 30-31: Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. LaFave Park below Cabela's in East Grand Forks is tournament headquarters. Entry fee $230 per two-person team. Info/registration: catsincredibletournament.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 26 ½ inches—Brenna Tescher, Warren, Minn., Lake of the Woods. Walleye kept 8-pound minimum • 30 inches—Herman Ratchenski, Cavalier, N.D., Lake of the Woods. Report your big fish tales to Brad Dokken at email@example.com , by phone at (701) 780-1148 or toll-free at (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.
Brenna Tescher of Warren, Minn., caught this 26½-inch walleye Saurday on Lake of the Woods. She was assisted by her boyfriend, Danny Schmidt. Click on the photo to see the...
The skunk probably didn't want to be in the window well any more than the homeowner wanted it there, and Jean Youshefski got the call recently to do something about it. The community service officer for the Grand Forks Police Department solved the potentially odoriferous encounter with a homemade ladder that allowed the skunk to climb to freedom. "There's not a lot we can do—just sort of help to get it out of there," Youshefski said. "If it keeps hanging around, we'll live trap it."
LAKE OF THE WOODS, Minn. — Joey Jacobsen caught the walleye of a lifetime in early July when he landed a 31½-inch wall hanger on Lake of the Woods while fishing with family northwest of Morris Point. A walleye that size will send any fisherman's heart racing, but in Jacobsen's case, it's even more of an accomplishment considering what he's been through. He's a living miracle, a testament to the power of believing.
I haven't been able to give this book the full read it deserves, but if there ever was a book that captured the lore and allure of fish and fishing in the Northland, it's Eric Dregni's new "Let's Go Fishing: Fish Tales from the Northwoods." It's obvious from the get-go: This one's a keeper. Filled with historic photos, advertisements and postcards both color and black and white, the coffee table-style book is a collection of tales and accounts that can be read in one sitting or one chapter or section at a time in whatever order the reader chooses.
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. Fishing • July 20: Final Wednesday night of the season for Red River Valley Catfish League, 6 to 9 p.m., LaFave Park, East Grand Forks. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Info: rrvcatfish.com.
Q. What's the status of the public boat ramp the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is supposed to build at Rocky Point on Lake of the Woods? It's been talked about for years, but nothing seems to happen. A. Thanks for triggering my memory on that one. You're correct—it has been talked about for years. The short answer, to put it bluntly, is the project is mired in red tape. That's my take on it, at least.
Walleye released 25-inch minimum • 27¾ and 27 inches—Brad Durick, Grand Forks, Devils Lake. • 27 inches—Leslie Ann Handyside, Fosston, Minn., Lake of the Woods. • 26 inches—Grady Hurst, 6, Thompson, N.D., Lake of the Woods. Channel catfish kept 12-pound minimum • 19 pounds—William Lies, Fargo, Maple River. Walleye kept 8-pound minimum • 31 inches—Noah Burger, 12, Grand Forks, Red River. • 8 pounds, 5 ounces—Avarie Carlson, Edgeley, N.D., Devils Lake.