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Outdoors Calendar: Summer interpretive events return to North Dakota state parks

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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It’s been slow going since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, 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.

Events

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

  • Feb. 27: Candlelight Ski and Owl Prowl, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, MN. All five trails will be open for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, and the Church Lake, Rice Lake and Round Lake trails will be groomed and lit. Two owl calling stations will be set up, where the calls of several owl species will be projected into the woods to try and generate a response. The refuge Visitor Center will be closed because of the ongoing pandemic, snacks and beverages will not be available and participants will have to bring their own equipment. Visitors also should bring masks, which are required on all national wildlife refuges when social distancing is not possible. Hosted by the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association. Info: Gregg Knutsen, refuge manager, (218) 686-4329 or greg_knutsen@fws.gov.

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  • Candlelight Ski and Owl Prowl event set for Feb. 26 at Rydell Refuge Luminaries will be distributed along three trails, and two owl-calling stations will be set up with calls of several owl species projected into the woods to try and generate a response.
  • Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge receives $176K for 160-acre land acquisition The funding for Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge is part of more than $130 million the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved for various wetland conservation projects across the country.
  • Digital Adventure Lab offers new way to explore Turtle River State Park According to Erika Kolbow, interpreter at Turtle River State Park, Adventure Labs differ from traditional geocaches in that there’s no physical cache, or container, for users to find.
  • June 6: National Trails Day events, Fort Abraham Lincoln, Fort Rancom, Fort Stevenson, Grahams Island, Lake Metigoshe, Lake Sakakawea, Lewis and Clark and Turtle River state parks. Info: www.parkrec.nd.gov .

  • 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, 11950 County Road 55, Walhalla, ND. 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, 13571 state Highway 5, 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: www.parkrec.nd.gov , trsp@nd.gov or (701) 795-3180.

Fishing

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

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

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

  • June 26-27: Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Info/registration: www.boundarybattle.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: www.catsincredibletournament.com or email iafflocal3423@yahoo.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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