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To get an event in the Outdoors calendar, contact Brad Dokken at (701) 780-1148, (800) 477-6572 ext. 148 or by email at Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursdays.


• Aug. 5: Learning at the Lakes, "Pond Study," 1 to 3 p.m., Rydell National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 17788 349th St. SE, Erskine, Minn. Final Learning at the Lakes program of the season. Info: (218) 687-2229.

• Aug. 9: Program, "Explore Your National Wildlife Refuges," 4 p.m., Ada (Minn.) Library, 107 Fourth Ave. E. Staff from Rydell National Wildlife Refuge will lead the kid-friendly program. Info: (218) 687-2229.

• Aug. 11-12: Fertile Conservation Club archery shoot, Agassiz Environmental Learning Center, 400 Summit Ave. SW., Fertile, Minn. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. Long course consists of 42 targets; entry fee $20 adults, $10 for youth 12 to 17 and free for kids younger than 12. Info:

• Aug. 14: Birding in the Campground, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Red River State Recreation Area, East Grand Forks. Info: Catherine Johnson,

Turtle River State Park

Here's a listing of remaining August events and programs at Turtle River State Park, 3084 Park Ave., Arvilla, N.D. Park vehicle passes are required for all events. Info: (701) 594-4445.

• Aug. 10: Amphitheater program, "Swift Swimmers," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 11: Dakota Explorers, "Wacky for Water games," 10 a.m., CCC shelter.

• Aug. 11: Amphitheater program, "Life Underwater," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 17: Amphitheater program, "Campfire Cooking," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 18: Dakota Explorers, "Survival Strategies," 10 a.m., CCC shelter.

• Aug. 18: Amphitheater program, "Camping Hacks," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 18: Night hike, 9 p.m., amphitheater.

• Aug. 25: Amphitheater program, "Compass Treasure Hunt," 8 p.m.

• Aug. 26: Dakota Explorers, "Map and Compass," 10 a.m., Visitor Center.

• Aug. 26: Amphitheater program, "Geocaching 101," 8 p.m., amphitheater.

• Aug. 31: Amphitheater program," Scaly and Slimy," 8 p.m.

Shooting sports

• Aug. 12, Sept. 2 and Sept. 23: Hunter Rifle League matches, 1 p.m., Forks Rifle Club, 2051 12th Ave. NE, Emerado, N.D.; 300- and 600-yard events, five "sighter" shots and 15 shots for record; prone position (arrangements can be made if physically difficult); league started May 20. Info:;; or (701) 739-1988.

• Aug. 18-19: Coon 'N Crockett Muzzleloaders Blackpowder Match, East Grand Forks Rod and Gun Club. Range open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18 and 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19. Registration $15 per family or $8 per single. Info: Fred Larson, (701) 885-1408; Brad Gerszewski, (701) 772-8027; or Sandy Montgomery,


• Aug. 12: Rod and Reel Rally catfishing tournament, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hastings Landing Recreation Area on the Red River in Drayton, N.D. Entry fee $50, with a maximum 60 boats and a minimum of two paid entries per boat. Catfish prizes will be paid out to the top whopper catfish and the top slot catfish. Info: Brad Durick, (701) 739-5808 or; or the Drayton Chamber, (701) 454-FISH or; register online at or

• Aug. 18: Thief River Falls Lions 13th annual fishing tournament, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Red Lake and Thief rivers near Thief River Falls. Mandatory rules meeting at 8:30 am at the Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center. First prize of $1,000 to be paid for the largest fish caught in three different categories: Walleye, Northern and Other. Entry fee $30 per adult and $10 per youth 12 and younger; limited number of boat passes available for $5. Registration forms available at Ace Hardware and Edward Jones-Pat Thibert in Thief River Falls or online at

Permit to Carry

• Aug. 19: North Dakota Class I & II Permit to Carry training, 8 a.m., Hampton Inn, Grand Forks. Info: Bill Collison, (701) 740-8674;

• Aug. 19: 2 for 1 Minnesota Permit to Carry training, 11 a.m., East Grand Forks Cabela's. Info: Laura Ramirez, (218) 252-1631;

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998.  A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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