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February2012

Remove Permanent Fish Houses

Posted: February 29, 2012

State law requires permanent fish houses to be removed from North Dakota waters by midnight March 15.

Nancy Boldt, water safety coordinator for the state Game and Fish Department, said anglers should exercise caution because mild weather conditions this winter have resulted in unstable ice conditions in many areas of the state.

“It is always important to check ice thickness, but even more so this year because of the unseasonably mild temperatures over the past two months,” Boldt said. “In addition, warm temperatures with a high sun will rapidly deteriorate ice conditions this time of the year.”

Fish houses may be used after March 15 if they are removed daily.

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Jason Mitchell Outdoors Television Films Show on Devils Lake

Posted: February 17, 2012

Jason Mitchell Outdoors filmed some exceptional perch and walleye footage on Devils Lake recently with Woodland Resort.  Woodland Resort can be contacted online at: www.woodlandresort.com.  Pictured is Jason Mitchell with an enormous perch caught on Devils Lake.

Jason Mitchell recently filmed an episode for his television show, Jason Mitchell Outdoors on Devils Lake, North Dakota.  Mitchell fished with Jeff Katzer from Woodland Resort.  The anglers showcased the rental ice fishing opportunities on Devils Lake through Woodland Resort.  Woodland Resort on Devils Lake is the only full service resort on the lake with an extensive trail system on the lake where anglers can access some great fishing areas.  Besides a fulltime professional guide service, (Perch Patrol Guide Service) Woodland Resort has a vast assortment of permanent fish houses that can be rented.  Fish house packages can include lodging, meals and transportation on the ice and are extremely popular with anglers.  The show filmed with Woodland Resort showcases the rental fish houses on Devils Lake.  Jason Mitchell and Jeff Katzer from Woodland Resort caught several nice walleyes and also found some jumbo perch.  Successful anglers fishing in the Woodland Resort rental fish houses from both Iowa and Minnesota were interviewed during the show.  Some of the anglers had limits of the jumbo yellow perch that Devils Lake is famous for.

Mitchell took over the television production of the late Tony Dean over four years ago.  Upcoming segments will air in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois.  Jason Mitchell Outdoors has been one of the highest rated fishing shows on Fox Sports North and reaches over twelve million households each week. The show currently airs on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Midwest on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.  The shows recently filmed on Devils Lake, North Dakota will air this fall and winter of 2012.

Photo:  Jason Mitchell Outdoors filmed some exceptional perch and walleye footage on Devils Lake recently with Woodland Resort.  Woodland Resort can be contacted online at: www.woodlandresort.com.  Pictured is Jason Mitchell with an enormous perch caught on Devils Lake.

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Camping reservations for the ND State Parks opens today!

Posted: February 14, 2012

Grahams Island State Park will be open for reservations.
Please note that the five-mile access road to the park is still under construction and is currently gravel.

The 2012 camping season opens on May 18 at North Dakota’s state parks. The first day to make reservations for the season is February 14 at 7 a.m. Campsites may be reserved 95 days in advance (cabins, group facilities and shelters may be reserved up to 1 year in advance). Those interested in reserving camping spots in North Dakota’s state parks can make their reservations online. Campsite, cabin and yurt reservations may also be made by calling 800-807-4723 (no more than 5 campsites may be reserved during any one call).

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Sullys Hill Winter Festival

Posted: February 8, 2012

This weekend head over to Sullys Hill for the Winter Festival; there’s tons of activities including a digital photoshop workshop, basics of spearfishing & ice fishing, arts & crafts, snowshoeing and hiking and much much more!

Saturday, Feb. 11th, 2012 from 10:00AM-3:00PM
East of Ft. Totten along Hwy 57. *There is no entrance fee for that day!

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Seven places that celebrate our nation’s presidents in North Dakota

Posted: February 7, 2012

Six score and three years ago, President Benjamin Harrison welcomed North Dakota into the Union. Many other Commanders in Chief have left their marks on the state, figuratively and literally. With President’s Day coming up, here are several ways to see how the leaders of the free world impacted North Dakota. Contact North Dakota Tourism for additional ideas at www.NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

1. Celebrate Theodore Roosevelt

We have some very iconic locations commemorating Theodore Roosevelt, who was a champion of conservation. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is open all year. Drive through and share Roosevelt’s vision for the conservancy of North Dakota’s Badlands. You can also learn about our nation’s 26th president at the new Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library in Dickinson. Here you can read about Teddy’s passion for the West, as well as his road to the presidency. 

 

2. Abraham Lincoln is honored here

President Abraham Lincoln appointed the first two governors of Dakota Territory. On Nov. 19, 1872, Fort McKeen south of Mandan was renamed Fort Abraham Lincoln in honor of the late president. See how the 7th Cavalry lived before leaving for the Little Bighorn. A second Fort Lincoln was built in Bismarck in 1903 and used for training. It was an internment camp during World War II and is now the United Tribes Technical College campus.

 

3. If not for Thomas Jefferson…

North Dakota’s legends Lewis and Clark may not have stepped foot in the state and Sakakawea may not have been a legendary figure in the West without our third president. Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery to explore the northwest from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. Today, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan in Washburn tell the great story.

 

4. In honor of Ronal Reagan

President Ronald Reagan implored the Soviet leadership to “tear down” the Berlin Wall. The so-called “Cold War” came to an end with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but some weaponry that kept the superpowers in check can be toured. The Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site near Cooperstown allows visitors underground to the launch chamber of the nuclear deterrent.

 

5. Herbert C. Hoover congratulates the International Peace Garden

While President Herbert Hoover wasn’t in North Dakota for the dedication of the International Peace Garden in 1932, he sent a message to those gathered: “I EXTEND to your Association and to the citizens of Canada and the United States gathered to dedicate the International Peace Garden my hearty congratulations on this beautiful embodiment of your ideals.” Today, the Peace Garden continues to symbolize peace between neighbors and welcome visitors year-round.

 

6. Lyndon Johnson, Calvin Coolidge and John F. Kennedy were here

The Patterson Hotel in Bismarck was once a prominent and luxurious hotel and home to the Non Partisan League. The hotel was a hotspot for politicians throughout its history. Lyndon Johnson, Calvin Coolidge and John F. Kennedy stayed there. The lobby now houses Peacock Alley American Grill and Bar and continues to be a historic location rooted in tradition. Dine at the Peacock, and you just might find a piece of history from one of these presidential guests.

 

7. George W. Bush is a permanent part of the Walk of Fame in Fargo

In the political world, a President George Bush had his hands in everything from 1989 and 2009, including the Fargo Walk of Fame. Prints from George W. Bush are enshrined  along with many other celebrities that have visited the city. Check it out at the Fargo-Moorhead CVB.

These are just a few places that celebrate our nation’s presidents in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

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Top 5 Places to Go Ice Fishing in North Dakota

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Neat article on Yahoo! about the top 5 spots for fishing in North Dakota – Devils Lake made the top spot!

By Killeen GonzalezYahoo! Contributor Network

Planning an ice fishing trip to North Dakota this winter and want to know the top five places to sink your line? I’ve got you covered

1. Devils Lake

 Over 16,000 acres of ice fishing nirvana is what you’ll find at Devils Lake. Long considered one of the top five fishing lakes in the nation, it is home to copious amounts of jumbo perch, walleye, northern pike, and white bass. You may even be able to get in a little darkhouse spearfishing while you are there, providing you arrive before March 15, 2012.

  When it comes to lodging there are two places you should consider. The first is the Woodland Resort, which sits on the shores of Devils Lake. Ice fishing packages start at $85 per person and include overnight accommodations, an ice shanty, transportation, and bait. The second place is the Sunlac Inn in Lakota. It’s not as fancy, but you’ll find a fish cleaning station and freezer storage available on site just in case you catch the big one. Room rates start at $60 per person.

To see who else made the list click here to read the entire article.

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Applications being accepted for tourism grant programs

Posted: February 3, 2012

All programs are open to the first 30 applicants

Bismarck, N.D. – Applications are now being accepted for the North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division’s three tourism-related grant programs. These grants support the development of new tourism infrastructure and the marketing and promotion of tourism attractions and events in North Dakota.

“These grant programs are an investment in North Dakota’s tourism industry through development of new infrastructure and promotion of our state’s unique offerings,” said Sara Otte Coleman, director of North Dakota Tourism. “By creating new tourism infrastructure and focusing dollars on marketing individual experiences, we’re able to attract more visitors who will spend their money here, ultimately creating new wealth for our state.”

Expansion Grant Program

The Expansion Grant Program supports new or expanding tourism or recreation facilities or designated development areas primarily by funding infrastructure projects. Grants range from $5,000 to $24,000 in any given year. This is a matching grant requiring the sponsor to provide one dollar for every two dollars of grant money being requested.

Eligible attractions or sites must have the ability to attract visitors from 50 miles away and retain them for at least three hours. Eligible attractions include recreation, historical sites, festival and cultural events, lodging and food services related to historical, cultural or recreational tourist attractions and guide services.

To allow additional time for construction, this grant cycle has moved to the spring. Applications for the Expansion Grant Program are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Only the first 30 applications will be forwarded to the review committee.

Events Grant and Marketing Grant Programs

The Events Grant Program and Marketing Grant Program provide a maximum of $5,000 in matching funds for promotion of regional events and for specific tourism marketing plans.

The Events Grant Program provides funds to communities and event promoters wanting to regionally promote their 2012 tourism-related event. Qualifying events must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be two or more days in length.
  • Must be an annual event (no centennial celebrations, etc.).
  • Must be a unique event (e.g. no Fourth of July, Labor Day, etc., celebrations).
  • Must have visitor appeal and growth potential.
  • Can occur anytime during the year.

 

The Marketing Grant Program provides funds to develop marketing materials to promote an experience, activity or place unique to North Dakota. Criteria for this grant are:

  • At least 75 percent of marketing activities resulting from the grant must be promotional, focused on providing travel information.
  • Communication must focus on illustrating unique North Dakota experiences in support of the state’s tourism branding, “North Dakota Legendary,” to maximize brand equity.
  • Must demonstrate partnerships and regional collaboration in the promotional effort. Applications that package or cross-sell tourism experiences, learning-based vacations and new-technology- based marketing programs will be given priority.

 

The application deadline for the Marketing Grant and Event Grant Programs is 5 p.m. on Friday, August 31. Only the first 30 applications in each of the match grant programs will be forwarded to the review committee.

All applications can be downloaded at www.ndtourism.com/industry/nd-tourism-grants/. For more information or questions, contact Dean Ihla with North Dakota Tourism at 800-435-5663 or dihla@nd.gov.

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