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Growing up in the small southeastern Minnesota community of Harmony put me in close proximity to the Iowa River. Periodically on hot sultry summer days, I would cool off by wading the cool waters of that river in quest of small-mouth bass.

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In addition to catching a few fish, the highlights of those adventures were avoiding timber rattlesnakes that would come down off the adjacent bluffs in search of water and sighting a very rare turkey vulture.

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