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EARL JOHNSON has managed wildlife for the DNR in three area counties since 1981. He has loved the outdoors since he was a boy. (Brian Basham/Tribune)

A lasting love of the great outdoors

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After nearly 40 years as a wildlife biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Earl Johnson is hanging up his boots.

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"It's somewhat bittersweet," he said of leaving a job he still enjoys doing. Johnson has been the DNR area wildlife manager in the Detroit Lakes region since 1981, where he managed about 45,000 acres in a three-county region.

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