Taxidermist Whiteside preserving trophies
At a young age, Mike Whiteside developed a penchant for Minnesota's woods and waters.
He arrived from Illinois with parents and siblings to spend summers at his grandparents', Bill and Ada Iles, resort on Lower Bottle Lake, assisting with chores and dropping a line at every opportunity.
The retired military aircraft mechanic, who spent several years in Japan, began experimenting with taxidermy 20 years ago, completing projects for friends.
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