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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Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for April 20: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on...
Ward Eagleson was walleye fishing on the Rainy River last weekend with friends Marv and Shane Feltman when the Grand Forks trio decided to shift gears and give the sturgeon a try. The behemoths are abundant in the Rainy River, and spring is prime time for catching them. Switching from walleye gear to heavy-duty rods with 50-pound-test line and a glob of nightcrawlers, Eagleson said they'd been anchored about 15 minutes when he felt a tap at the end of his line. Sturgeon grow large, but they're light biters—until they're hooked. It wasn't long before they realized the fish at the end
Q. I recently saw a photo of a pair of otters swimming in the English Coulee in Grand Forks. I didn't even know otters lived in this area. Are otter sightings unusual?
Paddlefish snagging opens May 1 North Dakota's paddlefish snagging season opens May 1, and the season is scheduled to continue through the end of May.
To get an event in the calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148; or by email at email@example.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Events • Saturday: Northland Fishing Tackle meet and greet, noon to 4 p.m., Northland Fishing Tackle, 1001 Naylor Drive S.E., Bemidji. • Through May 11: Sharptail viewing blind, 6 to 9 a.m., Lake Bronson State Park, Minn., two miles east of Lake Bronson on Kittson County Highway 23. Info: (218) 754-2200. • May 2: GreenTouch Day, 10 a.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. Annual volunteer project and clean-up day.
See it for yourself There's still time for prairie showgoers to experience the spectacle of booming prairie chickens or dancing sharp-tailed grounds on their leks. The Crookston Convention and Visitors Bureau has two blinds that can be reserved for viewing prairie chickens, and the Department of Natural Resources offers sharptail blinds through Lake Bronson State Park and the area wildlife office in Baudette, Minn.
A fire that broke out Wednesday southwest of Warroad, Minn., in Beltrami Island State Forest was 80 percent contained by Saturday afternoon, and officials further lowered the affected acreage. In...
Lake of the Woods Walleye season closed Tuesday and reopens May 9, so most of the fishing activity until then will focus on northern pike and sturgeon. Pike season is open year-round on Lake of the Woods. Sturgeon reports have varied among anglers, with some reporting good success and others struggling to find fish. Four-Mile Bay and areas near the mouth of the Rainy River will draw boatloads of anglers over the next few weeks hoping to do battle with a few of the behemoths.
UPDATED 5:43 p.m. A forest fire that broke out Wednesday north of Minnesota’s Hayes Lake State Park in Beltrami Island State Forest was listed as 30 percent contained Thursday afternoon...
A fire that broke out Wednesday in Beltrami Island State Forest south of Roseau, Minn., had consumed more than 2,000 acres by late afternoon, the Department of Natural Resources said. Firefighters continued to battle the wind-driven blaze, which started northeast of Hayes Lake State Park near near Bemis Hill in Beaver Township. The DNR described the blaze as a "continuous crown fire," meaning the flames were burning across the tops of the trees. According to Adam Munstenteiger, area forestry supervisor for the DNR in Warroad, the Beltrami fire was about 4 miles long north to south as of 5:3