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Family: Prank 'gone wrong' causes shooting death in small western Minnesota town

John Wetrosky

June 25, 2017
I was visiting with a farmer from around the Indianola, Iowa, area a week or so ago and we were comparing notes on the fine art of walking the fields. We had both done it and neither of us really grew fond of this annual job. Illustration
The Last Windrow: 'Walking the fields' built character
June 25, 2017 - 4:30am
June 17, 2017
The Last Windrow: From farm to resort
June 17, 2017 - 5:00am
June 10, 2017
The Last Windrow: I hope the Twins will forgive me
June 10, 2017 - 6:00am
June 3, 2017
The lake I'm headed for has a name that's about eight syllables long, which in the past has harbored a motherload of walleye, northern pike and crappie. Rarely have my wife and I come away without sating ourselves on fresh fried fish of some type. Illustration
The Last Windrow: First-of-the-year fishing trip
June 3, 2017 - 6:30am
May 25, 2017
The Last Windrow: Memorial Day thankfulness
May 25, 2017 - 9:30am
May 20, 2017
The Last Windrow: Beneficial causes, then and now
May 20, 2017 - 7:30am
May 11, 2017
The reason for my exuberance was the fact that Minnesota had experienced an early ice-out and early spring that year. That meant the walleyes and northern pike would have been all through with their spawning cycle and would be awaiting fishermen to drop the bait into their collective toothy mouths. Illustration
The Last Windrow: Let's not brag about an extraordinary fishing opener
May 11, 2017 - 8:00am
May 7, 2017
My time on the farm came before automatic barn cleaners were invented. The muscles that remain on my upper arms are much the result of making use of a five-tine pitchfork and pitching manure out a barn's open window into a waiting spreader. Illustration
The Last Windrow: Fertilizing fields in Iowa
May 7, 2017 - 6:00am
April 29, 2017
Anyone who has experienced a real shore lunch on a boulder in the middle of a wild Canadian lake can attest to the fact that a coffee pot percolating over an open fire has a magnetic pull that can't be replicated. The sizzle of deep fried walleye, the smell of slightly burned hash-brown potatoes, bread and butter and a cup of coffee is ingrained in the brains of anyone who has experienced it. Illustration
The Last Windrow: Smell of coffee evokes memories
April 29, 2017 - 3:40am
April 22, 2017 Illustration
The Last Windrow: A dry line fishing opener
April 22, 2017 - 3:30am
April 15, 2017
This little 8N Ford sitting behind our house has lost most of its original paint. Much like my hairline, it stands bare in spots. The paint is faded much like the color in my once sunburned cheeks. It leaks a little oil here and there and has had a few of its parts replaced, much like my titanium hip. It smokes and pops a little when started, which is kind of the way I get out of bed in the morning. Illustration
The Last Windrow: Shared traits with a little Ford tractor
April 15, 2017 - 4:30am
April 3, 2017
By Randy Stern - originally posted to Flickr as The Show Has Begun, CC BY 2.0,
The Last Windrow: Time for the annual Twins forecast
April 3, 2017 - 5:45am
March 26, 2017
The last vestiges of the glacier that has taken over my driveway since last December gradually is ebbing into the lowland below our house. It is time for it to be gone. Spring came this week. Illustration
The Last Windrow: Spring at last
March 26, 2017 - 7:00am
March 18, 2017
My tackle box is full of compartments meant to keep me tidy. By the end of the season, nothing makes sense there. Jigs are mingled with spinners, sinkers are mixed with swivels, hooks are tangled up with each other, and dried nightcrawlers and leeches are scattered throughout the box. Illustration
The Last Windrow: It's time to sort tackle
March 18, 2017 - 6:35am
March 13, 2017
This young lad had a vivid imagination. That imagination and storytelling may have been a result of his having to make sense of things that didn't make sense to a youngster. His stories were written down by his adult friend, and I loved the imagination shown by this little guy and the way he described some of his world. Illustration
The Last Windrow: Kids do say the darnedest things
March 13, 2017 - 11:00am