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R.I.P.: photographer Fran Hall, Northfield native

I got this email from Bart de Malignon last week:

Northfield native and photographer Fran Hall died on Thursday, December 2 in Boulder, Colorado. There will be a memorial service in Boulder about a week before Christmas and a service in Northfield after Christmas.  Details to be announced.  Fran would have celebrated his 96th birthday on December 18 and was an active photographer of nature until the end of his life.

I first heard of Fran Hall when I was working on a blog post about Henry Fisk and Clark Webster showed me his photo of Henry Fisk, taken by Fran Hall back in 1960.

Remembering Henry Fisk, the Rice County hermit

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While snowshoeing at the east end of the Cannon River Wilderness Area last weekend, I pointed out to my niece the approximate spot where Henry Fisk, the Rice County hermit, lived.  Robbie and I happened upon his sparse living quarters when we first moved to Northfield in 1974 but I don’t remember if he was still living there.

Northfield News columnist Maggie Lee wrote several columns about Fisk (also spelled ‘Fiske’) back in 2006, and many people chimed in with letters-to-editor about him. (Do a search there on both spellings of his name.)

Anyone have memories of Henry?  Anyone have a photo of him?

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