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Devils Lake guardsman remembered as mentor to soldiers

December 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A 41-year-old father of four, Darren Linde got called “Grandpa” and “Papa Bear” for being older than most of the soldiers he served with and trained, but also for putting his safety after that of his comrades. Continue Reading

Dakota Precision Ag Center official backs precision ag technologies

June 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Paul Gunderson, who came out of retirement to lead the Dakota Precision Ag Center in Devils Lake, N.D., has been working since 2005 to answer that question, which he frames in two parts. His answers: Yes, they work. And, yes, they often, though not always, improve the bottom line. Continue Reading

Davils Lake Guardsman, a Forest River native, receives belated Purple Heart

March 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It took a while, but Staff Sgt. Heith Dokken finally was awarded the Purple Heart he earned nearly nine years ago. On Saturday at Camp Grafton just south of Devils Lake, the 21-year military veteran who grew up in Forest River, N.D., was presented the nation’s oldest military medal for wounds he suffered July 1, 2003, near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Continue Reading

Tackling teenage troubles as a career

March 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Red River HS counselor given state honorMarilyn Ripplinger, a counselor at Grand Forks’ Red River High School, still remembers how difficult her teenage years in Devils Lake were, and how she never asked for help. “I didn’t know anyone who went to a counselor for struggles like I had,” she said. At UND, those troubling years became a career inspiration, she said. “I wanted to be in a position, myself, to reach out and help kids with the challenges they face.” Continue Reading

Small changes for Devils Lake postal service

December 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. Postal Service proposing transfer of mail processing to Grand ForksPeople living in the Devils Lake region should see little change in operation if the U.S. Postal Service proceeds with its proposal to transfer the city’s Customer Service Mail Processing Center to Grand Forks. Continue Reading

Area fishing and hunting report

November 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

At Lake of the Woods, the cold weather has moved in with temperatures in the 20- and 30-degree range most nights ice is forming on the ponds and creeks overnight. The best walleye fishing is at the Lighthouse Gap in 21 to 25 feet of water. Reports from the Rainy River remain inconsistent with flurries of activity early and late in the day. Hunters seem to be getting their deer, but it’s taking them longer to do so this season. Continue Reading

$6 million to DL Basin

November 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Devils Lake Basin will receive about $6 million to help counties repair flood-damaged roads, as part of disaster-relief legislation approved last week during the North Dakota legislature’s special session. Continue Reading

Great Lakes Airlines the favorite Delta replacement in Thief River Falls, Devils Lake isn’t so sure

November 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Great Lakes Airlines is the popular choice to replace Delta Airlines as the commercial passenger air service to Thief River Falls. But the regional airline based in Cheyenne, Wyo., is getting a cool shoulder in Devils Lake, at least for the time being. Continue Reading

AREA HUNTING AND FISHING REPORT: With a sparse season opener area-wide, bigger bucks should be on the move this weekend

November 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

LAKE OF THE WOODS: The fishing still has been good. The nights are getting cold with lows in the 20s, but during the days the temperature has been getting up to the 40s and 50s. There is no ice yet. Best fishing spots this week include Lighthouse Gap and Zippel Bay on the lake, and the Rainy River near the Baudette Airport, Clementson Rapids and farther upstream near the Little Fork River and the Little Fork itself. Pink, orange and gold jigs tipped with a shiner have produced the best results. Duck and grouse hunting has taken a backseat to the deer season. Most hunters said the opener could have been better, but the deer weren’t moving much because of the wind. Continue Reading

AREA HUNTING AND FISHING REPORT: Mixed waterfowl results in Devils Lake

October 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The week was a mixed bag of results for waterfowl hunters in the Lake Region, reports Mark Fisher, biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Devils Lake. Some hunters did very well with limits; others had very poor luck. Continue Reading