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Andrew Howell of Howell Bros. Fur Co. out of Mauston, Wis., explains how to flesh a badger to an attentive crowd at the annual Minnesota Trappers Association Rendezvous and Convention in Barnum on Friday morning. The convention, held at the Carlton County Fairgrounds, continues through midday Sunday. (Bob King /

Luring the trappers of tomorrow

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BARNUM — With a cluster of rapt young boys looking up at him, Shawn Johnson was talking about the time he got a finger caught in a wolf trap. He held up a couple of traps much smaller than a wolf trap, his little finger clamped firmly in one of them, talking about the potential pitfalls in a trapper’s life.


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