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Al Libera of Nisswa's Viking Rod and Reel Repair holds up a bamboo fishing rod he restored in front of his wall of fishing tournament awards. Photo by Travis Grimler

Libera was born to be a duck on water


Al Libera of Nisswa was born for a life on the water.

Libera's parents even had a photo of him wrapped in a baby blanket at the front of their fishing boat. He was born for all things fishing.

Libera started in North Minneapolis. His father ran three restaurants, The Hen House, The Launching Pad and Road Buddies. Being a child of rather insistent parents (in fishing and in work ethic) Libera worked in the back of one of these restaurants starting at age 12.

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