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Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Rick Johnson has his eyes on the skies.

Deep in the forest of Hubbard County, Johnson's celestial observatory monitors stars, black holes, nebulas, asteroids, moons, supernovas and planets.

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He delights in finding "uncataloged" objects by pointing his telescope into a seemingly empty region of space.

"Only the very rich collectors of art, coins and stamps can ever hope to collect the very rare and beautiful of their genre," he said. "But the amateur astronomer does have this ability. Therein lies the main attraction for me.

"That and it constantly stretches the mind literally to the ends of the universe."

Read the rest of Rick Johnson's story and see more of his photos in the July 2 edition of the Enterprise.

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