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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FISHER, Minn.—On a typical Monday afternoon, the Red Lake River as it flows under the bridge on Polk County Road 15 is a peaceful prairie stream. Add a crew of boisterous fourth-graders, though and that changes in a hurry. That was the case Monday, when 11 students from Sandra Fetsch's fourth-grade class in Fisher released miniature cedar canoes into the Red Lake River as part of a watershed education program called River of Dreams. The Fargo-based International Water Institute is sponsoring the program.
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ST. PAUL—Minnesota's state-record fish program now will include catch-and-release length records, but for only three species—lake sturgeon, flathead catfish and muskellunge, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this week. Traditional catch-and-keep records will remain an option for all species, said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator with the DNR
TURTLE RIVER STATE PARK, N.D.—Larry Hagen started his career at Turtle River State Park in 1978 as a seasonal park ranger and spent parts of the next five years at the park. In that context, his new job as manager of the park about 20 miles west of Grand Forks is a homecoming, of sorts. "I absolutely loved it—meeting all the people, and every day is different," Hagen said. "There are so many different things you get to do."
Q. What is a School Forest? A. A School Forest is an outdoor classroom where students learn a variety of subjects including math, science, language arts, social studies and physical education. The School Forest program was created in 1949 by a legislative statute that allows Minnesota schools to establish and maintain outdoor classrooms.
You never think it's going to be the last fishing trip, the last hunting trip or the last time you'll have the privilege of enjoying the company of a good friend ... until it is. Then, in the blink of an eye, everything changes. You're never ready for it. Just like that, all you're left with are the photos and the memories of the good times you had.
School clay target leagues continue to grow More than 10,000 students from 319 high schools are participating in Minnesota's State High School Clay Target League this spring, and North Dakota's new league will have 565 students from 23 high school teams participating. The spring trapshooting season began April 3. Jim Sable, executive director of the Minnesota and North Dakota high school clay target leagues, said the program continues to be the fastest-growing activity for schools in both states.
DEVILS LAKE—The North Dakota Game and Fish Department won't announce the number of licenses available for this year's deer gun season until later this month, but deer hunting issues figured prominently into the discussion during the spring advisory board meeting for District 3. About 30 people attended Monday night's meeting in the Chautauqua Room of Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. Game and Fish is mandated to hold the meetings twice a year in each of the state's eight advisory board meeting. A similar meeting was held Tuesday night in Pekin, N.D.
Where are all your SD cards right now? Yeah, that's what we figured ... a couple in the boat or tackle box, two or three more in the camera bag, one in the bottom of the backpack, one in each trail camera and another in a drawer somewhere. Maybe. ... You think.
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