This, I knew, was my new best friend.
“I need a plow guy,” I said.
So it was a short time later that Welk, chomping a stogie, his eyes narrowing behind sunglasses, rammed his big plow repeatedly into deep snow, with me trailing behind in my own 1-tonner, pulling him free when he high-centered his outfit, and got stuck.
An hour passed. We reached the shack. And a few days later — last Tuesday — we convened again at the same location, this time bringing still more friends to help load the shanty onto a trailer and get it to terra firma.
• • •
Friday afternoon I sloped down to the St. Croix once more to see what progress other anglers were having removing their wares.
As I did, I was confident my shack troubles were ended for the year. And confident, too, I wouldn’t get stuck, because I brought my four-wheeler for transportation.
The first guys I stumbled upon were Woodbeck and Delougherty, with the embedded SUV and deadbeat transmission.
Sympathetic to their plight, I nonetheless could offer no help.
Next, I met a fellow named Tony, who along with a handful of friends faced a big challenge. Days earlier, they had been fishing on the river in a portable shack, following a north-south plowed road that was perhaps 2 miles long.
But when they attempted to leave, the road was blocked by a fish house that had been abandoned.
“So we had to leave our van on the ice,” Tony said, pointing to a dark spot in the distance.
“Now it’s drifted in. We need a big plow.”
“I know just the guy,” I said.
And I called Dean Welk.
|Atlanta - WP: A. Harang||11||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano||3|
|Houston - WP: J. Fields||7||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - LP: D. Robertson||4|
|Seattle - WP: H. Iwakuma||5||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: A. Burnett||2|
|Arizona - LP: C. Anderson||1||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: S. Strasburg||8|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Smith||4||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: K. Uehara||3|
|Detroit - WP: J. Johnson||8||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: G. Balfour||6|
|Texas - LP: N. Cotts||3||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: S. Dyson||4|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||5||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana||1|
|Cleveland - WP: K. Crockett||7||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: B. Duensing||5|
|Toronto - LP: J. Happ||1||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Fiers||6|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Hoover||4||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: P. Neshek||5|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Shields||7||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: T. Matzek||4|
|NY Mets||2||Top 9th Inning|
|San Diego||5||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Pittsburgh||8/21/14 6:30 PM|
|Carolina||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|NY Giants||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Jacksonville||8/22/14 6:30 PM|
|Oakland||8/22/14 7:00 PM|
|Chicago||8/22/14 9:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||8/23/14 3:30 PM|
|Tennessee||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/23/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington||8/23/14 6:30 PM|
|New Orleans||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Minnesota||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|St. Louis||8/23/14 7:00 PM|
|Houston||8/23/14 8:00 PM|
|San Diego||8/24/14 3:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/24/14 7:00 PM|
|Montreal||8/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||8/23/14 3:00 PM|
|Calgary||8/24/14 2:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/24/14 6:00 PM|
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