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Monster muskie

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Trophies for 12 year olds abound in the Brainerd area.

While Dylan Beach-Bittner of Motley was proudly displaying a 27-point buck he shot during Minnesota’s rifle deer opener, three months earlier Nick Franzen of Staples was showing off his own prize — a 58-inch muskie.

Nick caught the muskie while fishing with his grandpa, Jim Terwilliger, in August on the Crow Wing River below the Sylvan Dam.

The catch was Nick’s alone, Jim said.

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