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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Just like the infamous "I'll be back" line from the "Terminator" movies, the female peregrine by the same name is back in Grand Forks for another nesting season. Grand Forks birding authority and avid photographer Dave Lambeth got a confirmation on Terminator's band number Friday. The photos weren't clear enough to run in print, Lambeth said, but they clearly show the "T over 2" band number that confirms her identity.
If you're out and about and see a bald eagle nest in North Dakota, the state Game and Fish Department would like to hear about it. Sandra Johnson, conservation biologist for Game and Fish in Bismarck, said the department is looking for locations of nests with eagles present, not individual eagle sightings. Eagles are actively incubating eggs in March and April, and it's easy to distinguish an eagle nest because of its enormous size. Johnson estimates the state has about 215 active bald eagle nests, possibly more.
These four boys had a big weekend tip-up fishing for northern pike with their dads March 18-19 on Devils Lake. Pictured are Caleb Keizer, 5 (from left), Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Braden Durick, 7, Grand Forks; Rivers Rylander, 7, Bemidji; and Cove Rylander, 5, Bemidji. Keeping the show on track were dads Loren Keizer, Jason Rylander and Brad Durick. (Photo/ Jason Rylander)
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—A much-anticipated boat ramp on the south shore of Lake of the Woods near Rocky Point north of Roosevelt remains on hold despite plans that have been in the works since 1999, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says. According to Kent Skaar, Acquisition and Development Section leader for the DNR in St. Paul, lack of funding and delays in required state and federal Environmental Assessments are the main stumbling blocks to moving forward with the project.
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. Events • April 1-2: Minnesota State Archery Association State Indoor Tournament, Gillett Recreation Center on the campus of Bemidji State University, 1801 17th St. NE, Bemidji. Two lines at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 1 and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 2. Info: email@example.com or Ed Turner, (218) 766-6492.
It's funny how people drift in and out of our lives sometimes. That's also true with hunting and fishing partners. I can think of a half-dozen people with whom I shared numerous trips afield, only to gradually lose contact. Some of them live within walking distance. That is nobody's fault, and it didn't happen because of disputes or disagreements; it just happened. For whatever reason, it works that way sometimes.
Scott Forbes is a professor of biology at the University of Winnipeg who has been following changes in Lake Winnipeg's walleye population, the "greenbacks" that attract ice fishing enthusiasts north by the thousands every winter.
Lake of the Woods Most resorts along the south shore have pulled their rental houses off the ice for the season, and ice conditions up at the Northwest Angle are treacherous, according to local reports. Anyone planning to ice fish should work through local resorts before venturing out because conditions this time of year can change in a hurry.
Pretty much right on schedule, there's a female peregrine falcon back in town vying for the affections of Marv, the male peregrine who returned to his love nest atop the UND water tower last week. Tim Driscoll, the Grand Forks raptor expert and licensed bander who follows the annual comings and goings of the local peregrines closer than anyone, said he got a call Thursday morning from a UND employee who'd seen a smaller falcon fly into the nest box, followed by a larger bird that landed on the tower railing. Female peregrines are larger than their male counterparts.
These four boys had a big weekend tip-up fishing for northern pike with their dads March 18-19 on Devils Lake. Pictured are Caleb Keizer, 5 (from left), Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Braden Durick, 7, Grand Forks; Rivers Rylander, 7, Bemidji; and Cove Rylander, 5, Bemidji. Keeping the show on track were dads Loren Keizer, Brad Durick and Jason Rylander, who took the photo.