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From left, Jerry Johnson, Wally Pearson, Glen Shaw and Bob Santwire have been fishing the Minnesota opener together every year since 1963. The so-called "Last Fisherman's Company" moved the tradition to Star Lake in 1968. Submitted photo

Group of eight has fished the Minnesota opener together for 46 years

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DENT, Minn. – Rick Sieg remembers when seven of his best friends sat him down on a recent fishing opener weekend and told him to drop dead.


“I had had a whole series of heart attacks, open heart surgery, everything else. I was supposed to be gone 10 years ago,” Sieg, 71, recalled, “and they put me on trial for cheating the undertaker.”

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Erik Burgess
Erik Burgess covers city and county government for The Forum. He started as the paper's night reporter in 2012, after graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and also spent time interning at the Grand Forks Herald.  Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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