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A pair of anglers try their luck on Leaf Lake May 10. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Revisiting the Minnesota walleye opener

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The anchor hit the water with a splash, and we were bouncing ¾-ounce jigs tipped with  frozen shiners off the bottom of the lake seconds later.


In that moment, all was right with the world, and the arrival of spring was made official.

Minnesota Walleye Opener 2014 will go down as a keeper for many reasons, not the least of which was the weather. Clouds and wind and rain and bone-chilling cold were conspicuous by their absence.

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Brad Dokken
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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