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Bob Winter of rural Garfield had a startlingly rare exchange with this deer back in May. Now, the deer, fondly named "Buckie," stops by from time to time for a pat on the head... and a nibble on the Winters' apple tree. (Contributed photo)

Bob and Buckie

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Bob and Katie Winter's place north of Garfield is peaceful, lakeside, private and lovely.

They are a warm and welcoming couple, so you can't blame a guy for stopping by to say, "Hi" now and then.


Even a four-legged fella.

About a month ago, Bob had a close encounter with a deer, a startlingly rare exchange between man and nature.

Here's the story of Bob and "Buckie" the deer:

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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