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OTTER TAIL COUNTY NATIVE BLANE KLEMEK is the new area wildlife supervisor for the Detroit Lakes office of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He and his family live near Itasca State Park, but hope eventually to make the move to DL.

Fulfilling his life's dream

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Though he grew up on a dairy farm in Otter Tail County, Blane Klemek's "life dream" was to find a career in wildlife and natural resource management.


"My love of wildlife is where it all stemmed from," he said. "I had to be outside -- hunting, fishing and camping. The outdoors is really my identity."

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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