Herald Staff Reports
Lake of the Woods open house set A draft five-year plan that guides fisheries management activities for Lake of the Woods will be discussed at a public open house on Tuesday, July 24. The open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods Ambulance garage, 111 First St. S.W., in Baudette, Minn.
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Minnesota ruffed grouse drumming counts down Minnesota's ruffed grouse drumming counts were down 29 percent statewide from last year, the Department of Natural Resources said in reporting results from spring drumming count surveys. "Surveys indicate the peak occurred last year," Charlotte Roy, DNR grouse project leader, said in a statement. "Grouse populations tend to rise and fall on a decade-long cycle, and counts this year are pointing to the peak lasting only one year this cycle.
More than two dozen gallons of lube oil leaked from a locomotive on BNSF property in Grand Forks Tuesday morning. Amy McBeth, a spokesperson for the BNSF, said the leak came from a locomotive that was being serviced in their facility on Monday. The leak was around 50 gallons, McBeth said. "It was a minor maintenance issue that was addressed," she said in an email to the Herald. "The lube oil was contained on our property and appropriately recovered."
N.D. spring pheasant count declines North Dakota's spring pheasant population index is down 30 percent from last year, the state Game and Fish Department said in reporting results from its 2018 spring crowing count survey. The number of roosters heard crowing this spring was down statewide, with decreases ranging from 15 percent to 38 percent in the primary regions holding pheasants, said R.J. Gross, upland game management biologist for Game and Fish in Bismarck.
The Village promotes Ventzke The Village Family Service Center has promoted Kristi Ventzke to Grand Forks Regional Program Supervisor. She will oversee daily operations of The Village's Grand Forks office and will supervise its staff. Ventzke has been with The Village since 2007. Heider graduates from academy
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Lake of the Woods Walleyes and saugers are hitting across the lake with the mayfly hatch two weeks early this year, Lake of the Woods Tourism said in its weekly update. Typically after the mayfly hatch, the spinner bite really turns on, but a jig and a minnow remains a productive option. Anglers trolling spinners in 5 to 10 feet of water near Pine Island have had success when the wind blows, Lake of the Woods Tourism said.
Interior announces refuge funding U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Thursday announced $807,000 in funding has been approved for critical U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service infrastructure in North Dakota. The funding breaks down as follows: • $307,000 to rehabilitate the Wetland Learning Site Public Access Trail in Audubon National Wildlife Refuge. • $206,000 to replace three public use pit toilets and rehabilitate the Public Picnic Area and Access Trail in J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge.
Lake of the Woods Windy conditions last weekend made fishing a challenge, but reports have improved with the weather, and anglers report catching walleyes in a variety of places and depths, Lake of the Woods Tourism reported in its weekly update. Most anglers still are using a jig and a minnow but the bite is trending toward pulling spinners and crawlers in depths ranging from 5 feet to 25 feet of water throughout the day and evening.