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Cloquet's Stuart Nelson takes a moment to pose in his artist's "grotto" at his home on Big Lake. Nelson's painting of a rainbow trout leaping to consume a mayfly has been selected for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 2014 Trout Stamp. Brady Slater/Pine Journal

Cloquet man's rainbow trout painting will be DNR 2014 trout stamp

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CLOQUET, the SHORES OF BIG LAKE--Stuart Nelson lives in a cabin he's artfully turned into something of a dream home. He steps through a sliding door and breathes in the lake, shimmering, jumping with fish.


Nelson remembers an osprey once plucking one of those fish only to suffer the indignity of a bald eagle chasing it till the payload had to go -- the eagle snatching the fresh fish from its drop.

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