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In this photo taken July 27, 2009, Tina Willis (left), West Fargo, and Toby Mougey, Fargo, display the catfish Willis caught on Moon Lake, on July 25. The fish was 40 inches long and weighed 42 pounds, 1 ounce. It now sits as the North Dakota state record channel catish. David Samson/The Forum

When it comes to '09 highlights, record catfish steals the spotlight

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Looking back on 2009, you have to sift through a lot of outdoors stories to find the best one.

For example, the big-game baiting debate grabbed early attention, with lawmakers eventually voting to keep the practice legal, but only on private land. Then there was the uproar over controlling the elk population in Theodore Roosevelt National Park: do we hire sharpshooters or let hunters thin the herd?


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