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Outdoors Calendar: Guided pasque flower hike set for Saturday morning at Fertile Sand Hills

To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or by email at bdokken@gfherald.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays.

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Pasque flowers in bloom. (Photo/ Wayne Goeken)
Contributed / Wayne Goeken, Agassiz Environmental Learning Center

It’s been slow going since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a few more outdoors events are beginning to trickle in across the region. To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1148 or by email at bdokken@gfherald.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays.

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Events

Park vehicle passes are required for all events at North Dakota and Minnesota state parks. Info: parkrec.nd.gov or mndnr.gov.

  • April 3: Guided pasque flower hike, 10:30 a.m., Fertile Sand Hills, Fertile, Minn. From Fertile, take Minnesota Highway 32 through town and turn west onto Summit Avenue just south of the Fertile downtown area. Go west past the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center Nature Center to the parking area and trailhead at the top of the hill. Wayne Goeken will lead the hike, with proper social distancing, to an area with abundant pasque flowers in bloom. Hike is about 1.4 miles and includes some uneven terrain and a stretch of hiking through a sandhill area. For more information, contact Goeken at (218) 280-0516.

  • April 9: Virtual raffle drawings, 7 p.m., North Red River Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Raffle drawing will stream live on the chapter’s Facebook page and will be conducted at the Lancaster (Minn.) Community Center. More than $7,500 in prizes, including a Minnesota lifetime deer hunting license, and winners will be notified by phone. Registration: $50 for one ticket, $75 for two tickets and $100 for three tickets. Registration and payment due by April 5; mail to Ronessa Steyn, 1807 380th St., St. Vincent MN 56755. More info: Kelly Turgeon, chapter president, (218) 988-2567 or turg@frontiernet.net .

  • July 10: Halloween in July, Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave. NE, Arvilla, ND. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , trsp@nd.gov or (701) 795-3180.

  • Aug. 6-15: Fossil Dig, Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , pgsra@nd.gov or (701) 549-2444.

  • Aug. 7: Interpretive program, “Wacky for Water Games,” Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave. NE, Arvilla, N.D. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , trsp@nd.gov or (701) 795-3180.

  • Aug. 13: Kids Weekend, Icelandic State Park near Cavalier, ND. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , isp@nd.gov or (701) 265-4561.

  • Oct. 16: Fall Luminary Walk, Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave. NE, Arvilla, ND. Info: trsp@nd.gov , www.parkrec.nd.gov or (701) 795-3180.

Fishing

  • May 15: Fish ‘N’ Fun, Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave. NE, Arvilla, ND. Info: trsp@nd.gov , www.parkrec.nd.gov or (701) 795-3180.

  • June 6: National Trails Day events, Fort Abraham Lincoln, Fort Ransom, Fort Stevenson, Grahams Island, Lake Metigoshe, Lake Sakakawea, Lewis and Clark and Turtle River state parks. Info: dlsp@nd.gov .

  • June 19: Fishing seminar with Devils Lake walleye pro Johnnie Candle, Grahams Island State Park. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov , www.devilslakend.com or (701) 766-4015.

  • June 24-27: Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament, headquarters at Grahams Island State Park. Info: www.boundarybattle.com .

  • June 26-27: Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Info/registration: www.catsincredibletournament.com .

  • July 31-Aug. 1: Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. LaFave Park in East Grand Forks is tournament headquarters. Info: iafflocal3423@yahoo.com or email www.catfishdrayton.com .

  • Aug. 6-7: Catfish Capital Challenge, Red River in Drayton, ND. Registration began Monday, Feb. 1. Info/registration: www.catfishdrayton.com .

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Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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