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.
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