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Scott Staples of Cloquet, who was raised in Cass Lake and spent two years as a conservation officer for the Leech Lake band, is pictured with his his K-9 companion, Schody. Last week Staples was named Minnesota Conservation Officer of the Year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Steve Kuchera | Forum News Service

Outdoors: DNR names Scott Staples Conservation Officer of the Year

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Sam Cook

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CLOQUET — Conservation officers typically play things pretty close to their green vests. But when they describe fellow officer Scott Staples, they don’t hold anything back.

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