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Gary Drotts, Brainerd Area Wildlife Manager for the DNR checks out a pie-billed

Drotts' youthful interest in the outdoors led to a 39-year career with the Brainerd DNR

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Gary Drotts credited his rural, northern Minnesota roots with sparking a passion for the outdoors and pointing him toward a 39-year career in wildlife management with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Brainerd.


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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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