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.
WARROAD, Minn. -- It's a gray Monday morning, and there's enough wind to put a chop on Lake of the Woods, which stretches toward the horizon in an imposing shade of steely-blue. The chatter on the marine band radio hints the fishing might be better than the catching so far this chilly morning, but that won't be the case everywhere. Not in this boat, at least. Tom Heinrich is out here again, just as he's been every day for the past two weeks. Ditto for Nate Hodgins and Seth Herbst. Windy days, calm days, in-between days, they've been on the water.