Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University.
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GRYGLA -- Curt Howe had banked on two elk hunts this fall, stashing money away every paycheck for the past three years to finance a guided trip to Alberta in mid-September and buying a license to join a cousin in Oregon on a November hunting excursion. But he hadn't planned on a third hunt just an hour's drive from home. That all changed in mid-August, when Howe, of Thief River Falls, got a call from his stepson, Travis Mathson, while on a fishing trip to Lake of the Woods. The conversation, as Howe recalls, went something like this: "You're not going to believe what came in the mail today
Biologists for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that an animal hit and killed Friday night by a motorist near Bemidji was a mountain lion. Authorities said the driver hit the cat about 10:40 p.m. Friday on the Schoolcraft Bridge near the Carr Lake Road on the south side of Bemidji. Blane Klemek, assistant area wildlife manager for the DNR in Bemidji, said the cat was a young adult female that weighed an estimated 110 pounds.