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Robert Dale Tufts III sleeps while dad Bobby Tufts shows him a decoy. At four weeks old, he was too young to appreciate its magic. (Photos by Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Colorful decoys appeal to collectors of all ages

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In tough economic times, you'd think discretionary items might experience a downturn in sales.

With respect to decoys, you'd be wrong.

Last weekend collectors' decoys and working models were on colorful display at the American Legion. The Park Rapids Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse & Angling Association held its annual Decoy Carving Show.

"When it comes to hunting and fishing, people will cut down on other things," said carver Dennis Bertram of Greenwald.

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