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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.

Black Water Customs is named after Lake of the Woods, which is known for its stained, dark-colored water.
The Northwest Region includes some of the state’s premier walleye fisheries, including Lake of the Woods, Upper Red, Cass and Leech lakes, along with the Red and Red Lake rivers, to name just a few.
"My Lifetime Among Waterfowl" is a collection of stories by the late Harold F. Duebbert, a renowned North Dakota waterfowl hunter and biologist.
Curt Quesnell of NCOR Fishing Guide Service has developed quite a following on YouTube with his regular NCOR Lake of the Woods video segments.
Much of northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota has 10 to 20 inches of snow on the ground, with scattered pockets that are deeper.
Once confirmed by Game and Fish, the 19-pound, 5-ounce burbot will be the new state record, topping the existing state record, an 18-pound, 4-ounce, 41-inch burbot caught June 4, 1984.
Lake of the Woods was the only destination in Minnesota or North Dakota to make this year’s list.
The surveys are typically conducted each year during the winter, weather permitting, and should be completed in about 2 weeks.
Try as he might, Dave Hedman of Fargo says he couldn’t find a replacement for the hot, odoriferous ice fishing lure, which apparently got its aroma from something in the paint.
If Grand Forks doesn’t want snowmobiles, Alvarado, Minn., small business owner Ann Estad says she’s happy to have them.