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History mystery

 

February 5, 2021

Contributed Photo

Bob Mattinen's son Duane brought in the photo at right, another whopper of a fish catch from Bob's cabin near Grand Marais in 2000. It was taken 50 years after Bob's famed catch on Big Lake.

Sharon Mattinen Goergen sure knew who the mystery angler was from last week. Kris Nelson, who has compiled a booklet on some of the history of Big Lake, used the photo for the cover but never knew who the person was or the story behind it.

Sharon fills us in:

"The young man in the photo is my brother, Bobby Mattinen, age 15, of Cloquet. Bobby loved to fish and often rode his bike from town out to Otter Creek (crick, as we called it) and to Big Lake to spend the day fishing.

"Our family was staying at our cabin near Cary's Resort in August 1950 when this photo was taken. Bobby was in a ro...



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