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Nick Painovich hangs up the day’s catch at Zippel Bay Resort on the southern shore of Lake of the Woods. A lot has changed at the resort since Painovich bought the place in 1977, but he still hangs a lot of walleye so anglers can get their trophy photos. John Enger/MPR News

Around Lake of the Woods, man camps are but a memory

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BAUDETTE - Nick Painovich ends most days the same way, whacking squirming walleye in the head with a pair of pliers.

Painovich owns Zippel Bay Resort on the southern shore of Lake of the Woods. All summer he takes loads of anglers to fertile walleye fisheries. In the evening sun he helps them back onto the dock and cleans the catch.

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