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Past articles by Brad:

Birdwatcher with 'contagious' enthusiasm makes his mark on the birding scene

Since coming to the University of North Dakota in 2019, the birdwatcher and aspiring wildlife photographer has taken his passion to a new level, exploring Grand Forks and the surrounding area with keen ears, keen eyes and a Nikon camera with a very large lens, to observe and photograph birds. → Read More

Dokken: In the rush to be first, don't take chances on early ice

Early ice conditions can be especially dicey during freeze-ups like this year, when brief cold snaps are followed by warm-ups, and calm days are followed by wind, which of course can wreak havoc on early ice. This time of year, ice can be here one day and gone tomorrow. → Read More

DNR officers seize 72 fish in Lake of the Woods walleye and sauger bust

In addition to the 26 fish in the livewell, there were six walleyes and 10 saugers in the cooler with fish caught that day, and 17 walleyes and 13 saugers in the second cooler with fish the group had kept the previous day – 72 fish total. → Read More

Canada's COVID-testing requirement stands to limit cross-border travel — at least for day-trippers

Anyone entering Canada must be fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before crossing the border. The U.S., meanwhile, only requires nonessential Canadian travelers to show proof of full vaccination. → Read More

CWD suspected in wild deer shot southwest of Climax, Minnesota, DNR says

A North Dakota man who was supervising his daughter during Minnesota’s recent youth deer season voluntarily had the deer she shot southwest of Climax tested, paying for the private test as a routine matter of course. When preliminary results came back positive, he contacted the DNR. → Read More

North Dakota Game and Fish confirms EHD in deer near Drayton

Caused by a biting midge, EHD primarily afflicts white-tailed deer, but other big game species also are potentially susceptible. → Read More

CWD-positive Wisconsin deer farm sold animals to Minnesota and North Dakota, records show

According to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin farm where CWD was detected sold nearly 400 deer to 40 farms in seven states during the past five years, including Minnesota and North Dakota. → Read More

Dokken: Classic Coleman camp stove gets new lease after 50-plus years

As camping gear goes, the Coleman camp stove was a classic. Still is, if you can find the version that burns white gas. → Read More

Dokken: First Canada fishing trip in 2 years doesn't disappoint

My visions of monster Canadian catfish had all but faded late last Friday night when my phone beeped, first alerting me to a text message and then seconds later to an email message. That could only be one thing, I knew, and sure enough, I was right: my test results. → Read More

Dokken: Minneapolis couple pedaling and paddling their way around perimeter of Minnesota

Tony and Kathy Mommsen launched their 18½-foot Wenonah Odyssey canoe loaded with two Trek 520 touring bicycles, a small makeshift canoe trailer and various camping gear into the St. Croix River at St. Croix Falls, Wis., on Aug. 2. Since then, they’ve pedaled or paddled across southern Minnesota on an east-west route that eventually took them to the Red River and north to Kittson County near the… → Read More

Mysterious tick-borne allergy hits Northwest Angle resident Paul Colson

Colson says he knew about alpha-gal syndrome, a strange allergy transmitted most commonly by the Lone Star tick that causes people to become allergic to red meat, from media reports and other things he’d read about the condition. Little did he know he would be diagnosed with alpha-gal syndrome within weeks. → Read More

Bears are everywhere as fall approaches on Minnesota's Northwest Angle

Residents and cabin owners are generally accepting of the bears and the difficulty the starving animals face as they try to fatten up for winter, but there’s also concern about the animals becoming aggressive — especially sows with cubs. → Read More

Minnesota DNR set to implement additional burning restrictions as wildfire risk worsens

Open burning and some campfires are newly restricted in Clay, Douglas, Grant, Kittson, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Sherburne and Wright counties and the western portion of Roseau County, excluding tribal trust lands. The same restrictions remain in place for Aitkin, Benton, Carlton, Lake of the Woods, Morrison, Todd, and Stearns counties, the eastern portion of… → Read More

The hunt for big walleyes never gets old for veteran Lake of the Woods fisherman

A St. Thomas, North Dakota, native, Eilertson, of Andover, Minnesota, has a trailer house at Rocky Point on Lake of the Woods and has landed an astounding 107 walleyes — at last count — over 30 inches since 1977, when he bought his first boat. → Read More

With border opening, Minnesota family makes smooth return to Canadian cabin after 2 years away

The Fuglebergs were among the throngs of Americans who returned to their cabins on Canadian soil Monday for the first time since the U.S.-Canada border closed to nonessential travel March 21, 2020, in the very early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Dokken: Drought having negative impact on river fishing, other activities

This year, the sight of the river makes me sad. I don’t think there’s enough water to float a toy boat, and the shoreline is clogged with algae that’s thriving in the overly warm water. → Read More

Retiring regional DNR wildlife manager John Williams says challenges lie ahead

John Williams’ last day in the office was Tuesday, Aug. 3. His retirement marks the second departure from the DNR's Northwest Region in as many days. Longtime regional fisheries manager Henry Drewes retired Monday, Aug. 2. → Read More

Ruffed grouse drumming counts decline statewide, Minnesota DNR says

While drumming counts offer an indication of ruffed grouse numbers going into breeding season, this year’s dry weather resulted in nesting conditions that were favorable for brood survival. That could have a positive impact on fall hunting success, despite the overall decline in drumming counts. → Read More

DNR warns of high fire danger across much of Minnesota this holiday weekend

Drought conditions continue to expand, and burning restrictions remain in effect for several north-central Minnesota counties. An unintentional spark in these dry conditions could ignite a wildfire. → Read More

Dokken: Take it from a 'skunk whisperer,' talking to a skunk to calm it down works

The best trap he’s found is a live trap that consists of a 2-foot length of tube 6 inches in diameter with a mechanism inside that causes a steel door to spring closed when a skunk enters. The space is tight enough that the skunk can’t arch its back and lift its tail to spray. → Read More