UND Paur Lecture, Minnesota DNR webinars coming up on Outdoors Calendar

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

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


  • April 3: Minnesota Sporting Collectors Show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55, Medina, Minnesota. Admission $5; free admission age 16 and younger. Over 200 tables, with exhibitors from eight states attending. Info: Dale, or (612) 272-0536.
  • April 8: Glenn Allen Paur Lecture, 12:20 p.m., UND Memorial Union small ballroom, 2901 University Ave., Grand Forks. Keynote speaker is UND alumnus Steve Williams, president of the Wildlife Management Institute and former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who will speak on "Forty Years in an Evolving Wildlife Profession."
  • May 14: Photography workshop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., White Horse Hill Visitor Center near Devils Lake. Pre-registration required by May 1; $20 students, $25 Friends of White Horse Hill members, $35 nonmembers or $50 for registration and Friends membership. Sponsored by Friends of White Horse Hill. Info:


  • June 25-26: Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament, Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Limited to 50 two-person teams, the tournament currently is sold out. Teams wishing to get on a waiting list can contact tournament director Brad Durick at (701) 739-5808.
  • July 9: Scheels Catfish Classic, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Red River in Moorhead. Entry fee $120, limited to 50 two-person teams. Info: or tournament director Brad Durick, (701) 739-5808.
  • July 29-30: REEL’M IN high school fishing tournament, Devils Lake. Each two-person student team fishes with a boat captain. To qualify, students must be involved with a fishing club, organization or their school’s fishing team, have fished in a tournament such as the Angler Young Angler series, the Minnesota Fishing Challenge or other charity fund-raising tournaments. Points will be awarded for longest walleyes, white bass, northern pike and perch/crappies. Students on the first-place team each will win $500 scholarships to Lake Region State College in Devils Lake.  Second- and third-place teams will be awarded $300 and $200 scholarships, respectively.  Rules meeting is July 29, and tournament is July 30; walleye pro, fishing guide and outdoor communicator Johnnie Candle is running the tournament; entry fee $40. More info: ; or contact Candle at (701) 371-9431 or by email at .
  • Aug. 12-13: Catfish Capital Challenge, Red River in Drayton, North Dakota. Fishing hours 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, with a rules meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Johnny Bravos in downtown Drayton. Entry fee $300 per two-person team. Info: .

DNR webinars

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing its series of hunting, fishing and outdoor learning webinars this spring. The webinars, which are free, begin at noon Wednesdays, and pre-registration is required at . Webinars also are recorded and available online. Upcoming webinars are as follows:

  • March 23: Steelhead fishing. James Burnham, R3 coordinator, and Aaron Gerlovich, a director with Minnesota Steelheader, talk about fly fishing for spring steelhead along Minnesota’s north shore of Lake Superior.
  • March 30: Fishing for rough fish. Corey Geving, founder of, will talk about rough fish, why to fish for them and how to catch them.
  • April 6: Watching and hunting for sharp-tailed grouse. Jake Granfors, with Minnesota Pheasants Forever, will talk about the behavior, biology, Minnesota range and habitat needs of sharptails.
  • April 13: Learn about the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program. Linda Bylander, DNR Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program coordinator, and Minnesota Steelheader member Lisa Murphy will share information on the BOW program and upcoming in-person classes for women and families to fish for steelhead trout. Lisa will also share tips on how to fish the north shore of Lake Superior for steelhead trout and where to find more information.
  • April 20: 4-H shooting sports and wildlife program. A look at the program and objectives through the eyes of the youth leaders in the project area.
  • April 27: Minnesota 4-H outdoor adventure program. Webinar will explore the events and programs that are offered and how youth and adult leaders can get involved.
  • May 4: Wild rice management. Webinar will share some of the DNR’s common wild rice management techniques and highlight some success stories.
  • May 11: DNR staff favorite fishing lures. DNR staff members share some of their top-secret lures and how to use them.
  • May 18: Walleye fishing for beginners. Pro angler and bait shop owner Nancy Koep will cover the basics of walleye fishing. She will also provide information on her Become an Outdoors Woman walleye fishing weekend set for July 2022.
  • May 25: Youth fishing leagues. DNR fisheries manager and bass fishing expert Eric Altena will share ideas and resources to help young anglers connect with Minnesota’s increasing number of high school fishing leagues and clubs.
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, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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