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Continued: Getting kids involved in outdoors takes a village

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 23, 2013 - 9:59 PM

Our kids always will be thankful that I introduced them to fly-casting instructor (and expert fly angler) Bob Nasby. A longtime friend of mine, Bob taught his grandson to fly-cast, beginning when the boy was 5. Taking the cue, I introduced Cole and Trevor to Bob when the boys were very young — knowing Bob could teach them more effectively than I could. Today, they both are very adept with a long rod.

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If all of this seems a validation of the notion that it takes a village to raise a child, or at least an outdoors kid, maybe it does.

I can say only what’s worked for me, and I can say also that regardless how many friends I’m with next year at this time, I’ll be hunting alone.

 

Dennis Anderson danderson@startribune.com





 

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  • RELATIVESAS ROLE MODELSDick Anderson of Eveleth, Minn., has welcomed hisnephews Trevor and Cole Anderson on deer hunts ever since they earned their hunter safety certificates.

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