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Brad Dokken

A native of Roseau, Minnesota, Brad Dokken graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Mass Communications in 1984. He 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 1988. 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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ANS Awareness Week aims raise the public’s understanding of how to stop stop the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species in the state’s waterways.
“Policies or actions that reduce or limit sportsmen activities necessarily implicate wildlife conservation programs by affecting state agencies’ revenue,” the senators wrote in a letter to the federal agency.
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For me, the walleye has a mystique I find difficult to explain. The appearance is definitely part of it. Walleyes are beautiful fish, and their color varies depending on where you catch them.
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They call it the Minnesota “fishing opener,” but everyone knows the day is really about the walleye.
The department decided to postpone stocking the Turtle River at Turtle River State Park because of high water conditions.
Devils Lake was at 1,447.2 feet above sea level before spring runoff, and the predictions call for the lake to rise to 1,451.7 feet.
Paddlefish snaggers with an unused tag can continue snagging during the snag-and-release season but must release all fish immediately.
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Ticks are nothing to trifle with, and the North Dakota Department of Health this week said people should take precautions against ticks and the diseases they carry.