The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 2, 2013

Cross: A deer stand that is berry, berry good


Stanke, who was unable to hunt last year because of some health issues, is unsure if he will be able to hunt with the gang this fall either.

But he figures that with the radishes as forage and the deer more accustomed to the strawberry deer stand, the former amusement ride just might be a good place for one of his guest hunters to be next Saturday when the 2013 Minnesota Firearms Deer Season begins.

In the meantime, one might wonder why he opted to keep the strawberry its original, very noticeable red state instead of converting it to a stealthier camouflage cloak of browns and tans to better blend in with the surroundings.

He thought for a moment.

“Maybe someday I might want to start growing some strawberries to sell,” he joked. “It would make a pretty good sign.”

John Cross is a Free Press staff writer. Contact him a (507) 344-6376 or by e-mail at

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