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Denny Eckert shows off his signature use of collectible coins embedded on the sides of his fish decoys. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Decoy carvers gather to show off colorful wares

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Like the economy, the market for collectible decoys has been soft.

"I'm certainly not doing this for profit," said collector and seller Albin Katzner. "It's the poorest paying job I ever had."

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At last weekend's 12th annual Decoy Carver Show & Raffle in Park Rapids, duck decoys are almost becoming a thing of the past as collectors and carvers focus on fishing decoys. There were few feathers in the sea of fins on the carvers' tables.

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