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Bud Grant (left), the Vikings’ legendary coach, and former state Sen. Bob Lessar

Acorns & icons


CAMP RIPLEY — Bud Grant and Bob Lessard were here for the veterans.

And the deer? Very much secondary at the Physically Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt. And that’s saying something. Lessard, and Grant in particular, are avid deer hunters and Camp Ripley boasts some massive deer.

Must be all those acorns.

That fact wasn’t lost on Grant the hunter. Or Lessard the practical joker.

But, as it turns out, Grant started this whole thing.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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