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Fishing – no ice, no waiting – in North Dakota

I’ve posted before about my husband – a Minnesotan who has become one of North Dakota’s biggest promoters because of the accessible (and pretty fabulous) hunting and fishing here.  Well this guy LOVES his Missouri River.  It’s no secret that this has been the warmest winter on record in North Dakota.  Most of the state had little to no snow all season and now the daytime highs have consistently been in the 50s, 60s and even 70s from border-to-border.  So what does that have to do with my dear hubby and fishing?  As I was being informed of the boat ramps that have opened in Bismarck and Mandan he also reminded me that in some states, there’s a season opener that’s still weeks away. Here in North Dakota, our walleye/pike season never “closes” or “opens.”  And as many anglers know – that spring bite can be awesome.  HOW awesome?  Just last week a new state record lake trout was caught.

Royce Johnston of New Town reeled in the 16-pound, 6-ounce lake trout from the Garrison Dam Tailrace (on the Missouri River). The 33.5-inch fish broke the old record by more than two pounds. The previous record of 14 pounds, 4 ounces was taken from the Tailrace in 1982.

Fishing North Dakota is easy! Just visit the Game and Fish Department for licensing, waterways and boat ramps. You can also get the latest with the North Dakota Outdoors on Facebook.  Follow @OutdoorsND on Twitter for great information around the state because, not only is the fishing open, golf courses are opening too! The first we’ve heard of are Heart River in Dickinson, Pebble Creek in Bismarck and the Edgewood and Rose Creek courses in Fargo. Several others have told us that they could be opening in the coming weeks!

And if you happen to be going out tomorrow on the Missouri River – it’s expected to be 80-degrees and you can look for my hubby in a green Fisher.

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Summer travel tips

If you’re traveling North Dakota this summer, look for state tourism personnel in unlikely places – like rest areas and gas stations.  We’ll be out-of-the-office Fridays in July, providing traveler assistance in terms of route and destination information as well as asking for brief travel information – like how long you’ve been planning your trip and if you’re traveling for business or pleasure.

And speaking of travel tips – here are a few resources to keep in mind as you’re planning your summer getaway.

Several travelers have been asking about flooding affecting their favorite North Dakota city or attraction.  The Tourism Division is keeping tabs on all affected routes and sites.  If you have questions, we can help.  Call our travel counselors at 1-800-435-5663.  Here are some hot updates:

For more North Dakota news – be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

And a quick “congratulations” to North Dakotan Amy Anderson who finished 63rd in her first professional golf tournament – the U.S. Women’s Open.  Golf the legendary courses that Amy has played in North Dakota – affordable, accessible, scenic golf in the state with the most courses per capita.

 

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The 50th of 61

Fifty years ago today, Roger Maris stood at the plate in Game 20 of the 1961 season and sent a pitch from Los Angeles pitcher Eli Grba into the bleachers.  Thus, notching homerun #3 of his legendary season of 61.

It’s a little known fact that the three-time World Series champion, two-time AL MVP and former Golden Glove Award winner grew up in Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota.  At the beginning of his professional career, Maris played for the minor league team in Fargo-Moorhead, which is now the independent F-M RedHawks (5-time Northern League champions, including 2009 and 2010).

Roger Maris’ 1961 season is the stuff that movies are literally made of: the chase of the Babe Ruth record and the Maris-Mantle friendship and rivalry while playing for the New York Yankees.

That baseball history and legacy can still be celebrated in North Dakota.  A free museum/tribute dedicated to Roger Maris is located in the West Acres Shopping Mall in Fargo.  And annually in June, the Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament takes place in Fargo, benefiting Hospice and the Roger Maris Cancer Center.  This year’s tournament will be held June 26-27 and team registration is currently open.

And if you want to see where it all began, consider being in the stands when the RedHawks open their season, May 16, 17 & 18 against the St. Paul Saints at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Events, Family Fun, History, Sports

 

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Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament this Sunday!

The charitable celebrity golf tournament in honor of Roger Maris kicks off this Sunday, and I’m invited! Well, not really, our PR manager, Kim Schmidt, is busy playing in the other big event of the weekend, the McQuade’s Softball tournament , so she is sending her trusty new intern for this assignment. Not a bad gig right? I can’t explain how excited I am about this event. It is such an honor to have a Legend like Roger Maris represent our state so well, and also pretty cool. Along with being a proud North Dakotan, he put his fame to grateful use when he created this event to raise money for the community of Fargo. The Legendary golf tournament is celebrating its 35th year in action and since the first year they have raised $1,440,000 for thousands of people in Fargo’s community who benefit from Hospice, the Roger Maris Cancer Center and Shanley. Celebrities that will be attending include Mark Ladwig, 2010 Olympic Silver Medalist, who graduated from Shanley High School. His fellow alumni, Rick Helling, who played in the MLB and is now a MLB Associate will be there. Along with others who have supported the tournament for many years such as Andy Strasberg, Roy Sievers, Daniel Lee Martin, Larry Ziegler, and Dick Jonckowski. Division I Basketball coaches Ben Jacobson (Head Coach Northern Iowa Men’s Basketball, former UND basketball star from Mayville, ND) and NDSU ‘s head men’s coach, Saul Phillips (Go Bison!) will also be attending.

Golfers will tee-off on Sunday and Monday morning at 7:30, with live and silent auction on Sunday at the Holiday Inn.

Wish me luck on my first major assignment, I hope to represent North Dakota Tourism at its finest and also hope I can keep my self from not getting too starstruck!

 

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McQuades This Weekend!

We can’t believe it is finally here! One of the greatest events to happen in North Dakota… wait a minute.. the USA! Starting this Friday, teams from all over the country are coming to Bismarck to challenge their ability in softball competition at its finest,  The Sam McQuade Sr./Budweiser Charity Softball Tournament. The nations largest softball tournament is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with another record of applicants, filling all categories! It is going to be a fun-filled weekend, but sounds like it could be a hot one. Make sure to cool down after or between games with the whole family at many of the swimming pools located in Bismarck/ Mandan. www.bisparks.org/YouthPrograms/swimming.asp

Take your cool down to extreme out at Raging Rivers Water Park and Speedworld Golf and Game in Mandan, the whole family will enjoy this exciting fun in the sun atmosphere!

Hotels are filling up quickly!! If you are having troubles finding somewhere to stay or haven’t done so already contact the Bismarck CVB, they will assist you with your accomodation needs. http://www.bismarckmandancvb.com/

 

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It’s tee-time in North Dakota

I can’t believe I haven’t “talked” your ear off yet about all the golf courses that are open in North Dakota.  Right now it’s a much shorter list to tell you which courses aren’t open – I think there might be a handful still shaking off winter.  From Fargo to Medora, Grand Forks to Wishek – courses are open and rounds are being played.  Have you dusted off your clubs yet?

North Dakota has a lot of notable courses.  We’re known for having the most courses per capita than any other state and having some of the most affordable play a golfer can find.  In Bismarck-Mandan, there are seven courses in the immediate area.  There’s one course in particular that I think is super cool.  It’s the Wee Links Golf Course in Minot – also known as the Jack Hoeven Junior Course.

This course has nine holes varying in length from 100 to 150 yards.  And the best part – it’s $1.00 a round for kids.  Except for Fridays.  Kids under 12 play for free on Fridays.  Adults can play too – so bring your clubs and your camera.  Get out there and enjoy!

 

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No foolin’ – lots of cool news

Painted Canyon Visitors Center Opens

Painted Canyon overlook

April 1 marks the opening of the Painted Canyon Visitors Center at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  The stunning views make this stop a must-see for shutterbugs.  There are also hiking trails and cool interpretation.

The scenic drives have officially opened in both the North Unit and South Unit of TR National Park.  Spring is a great time to catch wildlife roaming the Park.

Golf Courses Opening

Prairiewood, Rose Creek and Osgood Golf Courses in Fargo have opening.  Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora is expected to open April 9.  Hawktree Golf Club in Bismarck is looking to open between April 10-14 and the Links of North Dakota near Williston is planning an April 17 opener.  Dust off those clubs and start swinging!

Hot Diggity Dog

If springtime is making you hungry for hot dogs and baseball games – tune in tonight (April 1) to the new episode of “Food Tech” (airing at 8 p.m. CST) on the History Channel.  “Food Tech” takes a look at the making of Cloverdale hot dogs – the official hot dog of the Seattle Mariners.  Catch a clip here.

 

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