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Jack Zwickey, owner of Zwickey Archery in North St. Paul, Minn., goes for a “roving shoot” on his Lake Elmo land on April 17. His father started the company in 1938, and it now produces up to 200,000 broadheads and bluntheads a year. (Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press)

An empire of arrowheads: At 85, Jack Zwickey turns out thousands of arrowheads a year

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NORTH ST. PAUL, Minn. — An innovative arrowhead that slices through big-game animals like a butcher knife was the bedrock of Zwickey Archery of North St. Paul, founded in 1938 by machinist and inventor Cliff Zwickey.

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But in 1957, a high-profile archer in a different part of the country came out with his own brand of arrowheads, and many Zwickey customers switched over.

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