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Jessie Perrine: Reporter earns new title: Wood Tick Hunter

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I can still feel the eerie crawl of the phantom wood ticks.

In my thick, medium length hair. Across my back. Wiggling up my legs.

I’m not alone in my wood tick paranoia — it comes with the job, I’m told.

A small core group of brave women roam the long grass every year, collecting the little creatures for the Cuyuna Woodtick Races. Upwards of 400 people participate in the races each year, and everyone needs their own tick.

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