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2008-08-03 12:00:17

By Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald, N.D. Aug. 3--For the first time since the early 1900s, a pair of sandhill cranes has been documented as successfully breeding in northeastern North Dakota. The discovery first made news among birding enthusiasts in mid-July, when an observer reported seeing the cranes with a juvenile near Edinburg, N.D. Grand Forks birding expert Dave Lambeth photographed the parents and young crane Wednesday using a digital camera mounted on a spotting scope, a...

2008-07-13 12:00:26

By Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald, N.D. Jul. 13--By Brad Dokken Herald Staff Writer A graduate student studying fishers in northeastern North Dakota says he and his research partners are capturing more images of the animals on trail cameras than he would have expected. Members of the weasel family, fishers traditionally inhabit forested areas such as those common in northern Minnesota. But for some reason, the fur-bearers are becoming more prevalent in eastern North Dakota, even...

2008-07-13 12:00:26

By Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald, N.D. Jul. 13--By Brad Dokken Herald Staff Writer Members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa have harvested 373,000 pounds of walleyes on Lower Red Lake and tribal waters of Upper Red Lake since Dec. 1, records show. According to Pat Brown, fisheries biologist for the Red Lake Department of Natural Resources, most of the tribal members are fishing for the band's commercial fishery. Fishing is restricted to hook-and-line, and the tribe's annual...

2008-07-06 18:00:15

By Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald, N.D. Jul. 6--The numbers confirm what almost everyone who fished Upper Red Lake this summer already knew: Walleye fishing's been pretty darn good. Make that better than pretty darn good. According to Andy Thompson, assistant area fisheries supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources in Bemidji, creel surveys show that anglers in May caught walleyes at a rate of 2.4 fish per hour. Minnesota's walleye season opened May 10. If two fish...

2007-04-08 09:00:14

By Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald, N.D. Apr. 8--REED LAKE, Man. The Peterson family has been a fixture on Reed Lake in northern Manitoba for more than 80 years. The history of Peterson's Reed Lake Lodge goes back nearly as far. Perhaps the most famous and definitely the most colorful member of the family is Corky Peterson, a second-generation Peterson born in a primitive cabin on the north end of Reed Lake. Now in his mid-70s, Peterson still spends most of his time in the North but...

2007-04-08 09:00:14

By Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald, N.D. Apr. 8--Conservative fishing regulations have helped maintain Reed Lake in northern Manitoba as one of western Canada's top drive-to destinations for northern pike, lake trout and walleyes. Anglers can keep two walleyes, none over 22 inches; one lake trout, none over 26 inches; and two pike, none longer than 30 inches. Reed is a big lake, spanning about 14 miles from east to west and 12 miles from north to south. The Grass River flows into Reed...

2007-03-18 09:00:20

By Brad Dokken, Grand Forks Herald, N.D. Mar. 18--Licensed bait dealers can continue trapping emerald shiners on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River, but private trappers will have to stop, now that spiny water fleas have been detected in the Rainy River basin. But it won't be business as usual, officials say. Bait dealers will have to go through training to learn about preventing the spread of spiny water fleas or their eggs. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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