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Posted: September 15, 2016

On September 20th and 21st from 5:00-9:00 pm, law enforcement personnel across the state are asking for your tips, but it has nothing to do with crime and everything to do with serving the public.

More than 100 law enforcement personnel will volunteer their time, hosting guests in Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bars across the state to raise awareness and tip money for Special Olympics. This is the 10th annual event for the Law Enforcement Torch Run group, which consists of volunteers from all agencies of law enforcement. The Law Enforcement Torch Run program is the largest public awareness and fundraising program for Special Olympics throughout the world.

The event will take place during the dinner shifts from 5:00 – 9:00 PM local time at Applebee’s restaurants across North Dakota in the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, West Fargo, and Williston. “We strive to be a good neighbor in all of our communities and with the support of area law enforcement, we can provide a wonderful fundraiser for Special Olympics North Dakota” states Dusty Jensen, Apple Core COO, the management corporation for all Applebee’s locations in North Dakota.

“We‘re thrilled to have Applebee’s and the Law Enforcement communities team up to support Special Olympics and programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities,” says Kathleen Meagher, President/CEO of Special Olympics North Dakota. She adds, “The law enforcement volunteers through their involvement embrace the idea that people with an intellectual disability can be respected, valued, and contributing members of society and with the Applebee’s Tip a Cop program, integrate with the public to share this ideal and raise funds to support on-going opportunities for those who participate in Special Olympics.”

According to Deputy Ben Myrum, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, “there is a lot of excitement for this year‘s event. We have deputies, police officers, security squad folks, highway patrol officers ready to pitch in. We’ll be greeting, hosting, seating, and visiting with the customers at Applebee’s. We hope to earn even bigger tips this year, so we can really make a nice contribution to Special Olympics. We’ve all taken an oath to serve and protect our communities, and the Applebee’s Tip-a-Cop for Special Olympics is another great way for us to do that.”
Special Olympics North Dakota provides year-round programs of sports training, athletic competition, and healthy athlete initiatives for 1,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in North Dakota. Through work in sports, health education, and community building, Special Olympics addresses inactivity, injustice, intolerance, and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society.


‘Pretty Good’ is How North Dakotans Describe One of the Top Walleye Lakes

Posted: September 2, 2016


As if the Devils Lake walleye populations wasn’t rated one of the best in the Midwest, this summer’s fisheries netting surveys proved, “All size groups had a bump in catch rates,” according to area biologist Todd Caspers.  The total number of walleyes caught per net this year was 24, compared to 18 last season, a 33 percent increase.

“The above average catch of big fish indicates these year-classes are doing pretty good,” he said.  Also, the up-and-coming class of 15 to 20 inchers is above average, with eight per net compared to six on average over many years of research.  The fisheries crews spread 39 nets at 15 designated locations.  To supplement what might be lower than normal walleye hatches the past two years, Caspers and crew stocked 1.7 million walleye fingerlings recently.

Local guides tell the world that the Devils Lake walleye fishery is one of the most diverse in the country.  There is unlimited structure from shallow weeds to hundreds of shoreline miles plus flooded roadbeds, mid-depth flats and deep humps. This prairie lake is unique, because as Devils Lake gained more than 20 feet in depth over the past 30 years, all the exposed rocky shorelines that were created as the water rose still offer thousands of miles of “underwater shorelines.”


A happy client, guided by Johnnie Candle.

Guide and world walleye champion Johnnie Candle ( said, “Walleyes utilize nearly all the habitat types.  What’s ideal for anglers is they can come here and fish what they’re good at and catch fish – shallow to deep.”  Better yet, Candle likes the fact that many anglers show up wanting to learn new tactics, which they do with confidence, knowing fish will be waiting.  “I have many customers who want to learn new techniques.  Teaching them is fun and rewarding,” he said.  A typical day starts with casting cranks shallow; progressing to bobber fishing humps; followed by bottom bouncers and spinners; with perhaps jigging glide lures on deep rocks in the afternoon.

Mark Bry ( said, “It’s not uncommon to catch 50 to 100 walleyes a day, even during the dog days of summer.”  He continued, “Whatever method an angler prefers will work here.  This is not just guide-hype, but something my customers quickly learn for themselves.”  His clients express amazement about how healthy the walleyes are.  “In my opinion Devils Lake is the top walleye lake in the United States due to the freshwater shrimp available.  Shrimp feed the entire ecosystem.  The fish are fat and with a possession limit of 10, everybody goes home to share the walleye wealth of this great body of water,” Bry said.


Another happy client, guided by Johnnie Candle.

TV host and guide service owner Jason Mitchell ( tells potential clients that a day with any of his guides is more than a limit of fish.  “Our goal is to teach as much as possible about the many nuances of Devils Lake.  Customers love the educational aspect of each guide trip,” he said.  Whether matching presentations to the client’s favorite methods or mixing it up with new and different tactics, most days are “multiple-pattern days.”  What this means is that guides and anglers spread out throughout the nearly 200,000 acre North Dakota lake and are able to find fish.

Interesting statistics from creel surveys, according to Caspers, is that 78 percent of summer anglers (May to October) prefer to chase walleyes.  In winter, 18 percent primarily seek walleyes, 28 percent said “perch,” while 27 percent said “walleyes and perch.”  A quarter of survey respondents said, “Anything.”  Adding all the answers together that mention walleyes, 70 percent of anglers would just as soon catch walleyes in winter as well.

The website features up-to-date fishing reports with emphasis on the current late summer and fall fishing activity.  Also, the site contains a new pike de-boning video, plus contact info for fishing guides, hotels/resorts, lodging and restaurants.  In addition, learn about ramps, fish-cleaning stations and community events.  A helpful map serves as a great reference tool.  For personal assistance, call 701-662-4903, and talk to a friendly and knowledgeable North Dakotan who was probably on Devils Lake yesterday.


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