Made in Minnesota: Duck calls

Published April 5, 2004

All about quackers

Who knew there was enough information about duck calls to fill a 616-page, 81D 2-by-11 inch book?

Doug Lodermeier of south Minneapolis spent years compiling "Minnesota Duck Calls: Yesterday's and Today's Folk Artists," an encyclopedic history of those instruments that mimic waterfowl. The book profiles crafts people who make them works of art in their own right, and it also presents decoys, boats, art and advertising related to duck hunting.

"I truly felt it was an opportunity for me to give something back to hobbies and sports that have meant so much to me in my life," he said. "I also felt strongly that it was a part of our history that was in danger of being lost forever."

Lodermeier says he has sold copies of the book, bound by Midwest Editions in Minneapolis, to readers in all 50 states, Canada and Europe.

The book is $75, available from Lodermeier at 4600 Washburn Av. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410, or at http://www.dougandpaul.com.

Dick Parker

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