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Crookston Ice Buster Daze, Red River Valley Sportsmen's Show 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 bdokken@gfherald.com. 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 bdokken@gfherald.com . Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays.


  • Feb. 19: Snowshoe lacing workshop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minnesota. Participants will learn how to lace their own pair of Ojibwa-style snowshoes. Class limited to 12 participants, and pre-registration is required no later than Feb. 11. Hosted by the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association. Info: Lynda Knutsen, (218) 689-2430; or by email at prairiemuskeg@gmail.com and put “Snowshoe Class” in the subject line.
  • Feb. 26: Candlelight Ski and Owl Prowl event, 6 to 10 p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minnesota. Golden Pond and Church Lake trails will be groomed and lit with luminaries. Multiple owl-calling stations will be set up along the trails to try and generate a response. Trails will be open to skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. Hosted by the Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association. Pre-registration is required, and event will be canceled or rescheduled if temperatures are below zero or wind chills are double-digits below zero. To accommodate as many people as possible, reservations will be taken for two time frames — 6 to 8 p.m. or 8 to 10 p.m. Info: Gregg Knutsen, (218) 686-4329 or gregg_knutsen@fws.gov.
  • Feb. 26: Snofest and Snowmobile North Dakota State Ride, Langdon, North Dakota. Info: Cody Schlittenhard, (701) 370-0629; or Moonlighters Snowmobile Club on Facebook .
  • Feb. 26: Northwest Angle Edge Riders Snow Rally, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Flag Island Resort on Lake of the Woods. Floor raffle, door prizes, radar run, Goose Bump Jump, 50/50 raffle, lunch and more. Rally trail ride at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25; meet at Flag Island Resort. $5 and $20 raffle tickets sold at select businesses throughout Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties. Info: nwaedgeriders.org ; facebook.com/northwestangleedgeriders .
  • March 3-6: 57th annual Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping and Vacation Show, Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive, Fargo. Show hours: 5 to 9 p.m. March 3, noon to 9 p.m. March 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 5, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6. Admission: $12 adults, $2.50 age 6 to 12, free admission 5 and under. Info: fargosportshow.com .
  • March 5: 16th annual Warren SnowDaze Vintage Snowmobile Show and Ride, American Legion, Warren, Minnesota. Snowmobile show registration 9 a.m. to noon, judging noon, trophies at 12:30 p.m. and vintage ride at 1 p.m.; door prizes throughout the day. Info: (218) 791-5984.
  • March 13: Family Fun Day, noon to 3 p.m., Larimore Dam Recreation Area near Larimore, North Dakota. Ice fishing derby for youth 15 and under, ice curling, snow painting, shot on goal competition and various other games and activities throughout the afternoon. Chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate and water will be available for a free-will donation. Event will be held at Willys in case of inclement weather. Info: Curt, (218) 791-0886; John, (218) 791-9564; or Allen, (218) 779-7372.
  • 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."


  • Feb 12: Ice Buster Daze Fishing Derby, Red Lake River in Crookston. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at Central Park, with fishing from 1 to 4 p.m. Entry fee $25 per hole, including one sloppy Joe supper; raffle and supper from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Crookston Inn. Ticket sales limited to 350; fishing prizes to 17th place and numerous raffle prizes will be offered (need not be present to win raffle prizes). Tickets/info: Brian, (218) 281-7762; or Hardware Hank, (218) 281-1749.
  • Feb. 19: Springsteel Resort Fishing Derby, noon to 3 p.m., Muskeg Bay on Lake of the Woods at Springsteel Resort north of Warroad, Minn. Prizes down to fourth place for largest walleye, northern pike and perch, and a $200 prize for the largest burbot. Nearly 60 raffle prizes, including the first prize of $10,000 cash; need not be present for raffle prizes. Tickets: $20, available at all of the gas stations and many businesses in Warroad, along with Denny’s Outdoor Sports and Holiday in Roseau, Minnesota, and Rivers Edge Station and the American Legion in Greenbush, Minnesota. Info: Springsteel Resort, (218) 386-1000; Warroad Chamber, (218) 386-3543; or online at visitwarroad.com .
  • March 9, 16, 17: Catfish University, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Expressway Inn and Suites, 4303 17th Ave. S., Fargo. Red River catfish guide Brad Durick will conduct three, two-hour sessions: Part 1, Introduction to Catfishing; Part 2, Catching Catfish; Part 3, Advanced Catfishing. Cost: $20 per seminar or $50 for all three; those who enroll in all three sessions will be entered into a drawing for prizes to be drawn March 17. Info: catfishuniversity.com .

DNR webinars

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

  • Feb. 16: Introduction to maple syruping, about tips on collecting sap, boiling the sap and bottling the results.
  • Feb. 23: Archery bowhunting basics, about selecting a hunting compound bow and the bow accessories needed to hunt effectively; a great program for those ready to transition from target archery to archery hunting.
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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