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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 bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.

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.
“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.
Do you have a fishing or hunting photo you'd like to share? Send your photos to bdokken@gfherald.com.
Upper Red Lake and Lower Red Lake also were ice-free Tuesday, according to satellite imagery and DNR reports.
Lake of the Woods has risen by 25 inches since early April, the Lake of the Woods Control Board said.
Burning restrictions are now in effect for Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens and Wadena counties.
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.