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Karl Dyre would head to Alaska, come fall. He's shown with a moose harvested in 1987. (Submitted photo)

Resort industry loses a leader

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Karl Dyer, an iconic member of the area tourism industry and former Park Rapids social studies teacher, has died of heart failure at 79.

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"He was a people person," said wife Kay of 56 years. "The resort was his first love," she said of Evergreen Lodge on Big Sand Lake. "He was always down at the lodge, meeting, greeting and running the world."

"I'll have to do the talking now," said son Dan, 53, a former bush pilot in Alaska who's now part of the resort operation.

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