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Osakis man keeps carving beautiful ducks despite paralysis

July 19, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

Brian Bangtson of Osakis carves beautiful decoys with dexterity and taste. What’s so miraculous about this?
Bangtson, 47, was paralyzed from the chest down in 2005.
A staph infection in the fall of 2005 left Bangtson paralyzed in the hospital for more than 15 weeks. Continue Reading

Paralysis doesn’t stop local man from pursuing his passion

July 17, 2012 in The Osakis Review

Brian Bangtson of Osakis carves beautiful decoys with dexterity and taste. What’s so miraculous about this?
Bangtson, 47, was paralyzed from the chest down in 2005.
A staph infection in the fall of 2005 left Bangtson paralyzed in the hospital for more than 15 weeks. Continue Reading

A shared hobby

February 21, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

“Everyone has a different idea of what a fish should look like,” explained Judy Grove of Brandon. For years, she and her husband, Dewey, have made a hobby out of creating their versions of fish, mermaids, flying pigs, birds, skunks, weasels, beavers, owls and more.
“I make the canvas and she paints it,” said Dewey of his wife of 39 years. Continue Reading

Rudy Zwieg Decoy Show set for Saturday

March 3, 2011 in Alexandria Echo Press

The 7th annual Rudy Zwieg decoy show is set for Saturday, March 5 at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continue Reading

Handmade decoys still work like a charm, if you can get them to water

November 26, 2010 in West Central Tribune

NEW LONDON Vern ‘Bub’ Coss hasn’t changed a thing about the way he carves his decoys for spear fishing or waterfowl hunting, but every year it gets harder to get them to the water.
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