“And they bit!”

Moosehead County Story Banner II ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: As it happened, the “Rootin’-Tootinist” bunch of law-enforcement people hard-cases this side of Tombstone Arizona were having brunch in Lakeview City—Linda Bryant Halvorson & Ralph Halvorson, Sarah & Jay Cooper, Wyatt Earp and Chris Shouse!

Wyatt tossed the keys to his squad to Ralph, “You and Linda take my squad—there’s a shotgun you may find useful—I’ll ride with Chris.”

Things just became really ugly—for the folks in the black car. Continue reading

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Things just became really ugly—

Moosehead County Story Banner II ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: “What do you mean the airport is closed?”

“Exactly what I said—they’re resurfacing the runway—the ONLY runway.”

“Okay, rent some cars and get on the road to Lakeview City and try to look like tourists.”

“What about the rest of our guys?”

“I’m sending some of them by boat and the rest by train as soon as they get here.”

“What about Jones?”

“He’s in Chicago—soon to be swimming in Lake Michigan.” Continue reading

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“What about Jones?”

Moosehead County Story Banner II ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: Captains Debra Wennen-Miller and Joey Jerkovich and their respective crews arrived by bus (life in the bus lane?) and spread-out into the local bars—with orders not to start any trouble. Finish it—only if necessary.

In two of the bars—it WAS necessary—and over in minutes. No fights, however, occurred in the “Dive Bar,” where Debra and Joey were holding-court regaling their victims with tall-tales of their exploits on the big lake. Moosehead City, the only town in Moosehead County not on the Lake Superior shore, was the perfect venue for such tales.

There were two fellows who seemed less than regaled by their tales—Joey sidled over and with body language alone, suggested they should be regaled.

Getting no response, Joey returned to Debra’s side and winked—he’d found their spies. Continue reading

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He’d found their spies

Moosehead County Story Banner II ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: “Settle-down Debra,” Mac rumbled—with a wide grin, “Tug captains—Lyle Pettigrew says there are no big boats scheduled to arrive in port for two weeks, so tug captains—give your crews the next two weeks off…”

“And have the brawlers visit the Moosehead City bars—right?”

“Boomer said you were quick, Joey. Yes, exactly, but brawling is not necessary—watching, listening and otherwise gathering information.”

“Alphonso said the plan was to have two operatives hanging-out—just observing. They’ll be followed by several hit-squads.”

“Is there a way to stop those hit-squads before they gather?”

“They’re coming from Chicago. AJ? I’ll need you to watch for incoming flight-plan notifications.”

“We could close the airfield for runway maintenance.”

“Do it!” Continue reading

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“Are you sure?”

Moosehead County Story Banner II ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: “I see what you mean about ‘having control’ of the airplane—you’re right about it practically taking itself off—who knew?”

“It IS a HOOT, isn’t it,” Boomer replied to the widely grinning Alphonso, “This airplane requires only a little more than 910’ to get airborne. Now that we’re over the lake you may have some fun—practice turning 90º both to port and starboard. You’ll need to watch the compass as the lake has few landmarks.”

After about twenty minutes of weaving through the sky Boomer said, “Give me the controls, please.”

“You have the controls.”

Boomer plotted the course and put the airplane on autopilot—setting the airspeed at 400 mph. They’d be over Danger Bay in less than two hours.

Meanwhile—in Moosehead City… Mac put their plan in action… Continue reading

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In the heart of the beast—Chicago

Moosehead County Story Banner II ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: They took off in Boomer’s P38 “Pat III” and raucously clawed their way into the air, “This. Is. Terrifying!”

“You are an air travel veteran—this is nothing compared to taking off in an Airbus.”

“In an Airbus,” Alphonso replied, “I can’t see what the pilots see, and it doesn’t shake.”

“What terrifies me,” Boomer quipped, “Not having absolute control of the airplane—and I’m not packed in a ginormous aluminum tube with screaming babies.”

“There is that. About your plan?”

“In an hour we’ll be landing at Midway Airport in Chicago—you will call Mariucci from there and tell him you quit and you and Sarah are moving. He will be able to see from where you made the call.”

“Clever—worth the terror of that take off,” Alphonso immediately figured-out the plan, “He’s from Chicago and will figure he can easily find me there.”

“Yup!” Continue reading

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“This. Is. Terrifying!”

Moosehead County Story Banner II ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: Sheriff Boomer and Deputy US Marshal McIntyre were enjoying coffee mugs filled with organically grown, Fair and Free Trade—aw hell—the mugs were filled with Bad Weather Brewing’s “Ominous” Dark Ale, “Not to complicate matters—but my son-in-law is on his way here. He says he has some news—bad news.”

“Did he say what news?” Carl asked.

“Yup! He said his boss at the Superior warehouse has sent spies to Moosehead City and is following-up with a hit squad with orders to destroy Moosehead City. He and Sarah are leaving the Twin Ports as they feel they’ll soon also have hits put out on them.”  Continue reading

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New Port of Danger Bay Village & Lighthouse

As I have been dissatisfied with the appearance of the Village of Danger Bay, and had no place to place the Danger Bay Lofts, I spent many hours over the past several days working to make the village (and actually return to an older version of the village) more in keeping with small towns across Minnesota.

This version has all the traditional businesses, and a couple of new businesses, a new lighthouse, and the lofts.

New Port of Danger Bay Village & Lighthouse ©Jack BoardmanThis version has all the traditional businesses…

At this writing—I’m satisfied—what say you?

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“I thought the sheriff was already dead.”

Moosehead County Story Banner ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: Although these associates looked rather ordinary—in a biker-wannabe sort of way—they were intelligent operatives and great at fitting-in to the dive-bar culture. The kind of folks that other folks, once they got past their appearance, found very likable.

The two never engaged in wet-work, they weren’t hit-men—they were adept at gathering information. Better still, they had never been arrested for even the smallest misdemeanor.

His next call was to his Chicago office and ordered his hit-squad to fly immediately to Duluth—they had a town to destroy.

Moosehead City! Continue reading

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Now—we must return to our story…

Moosehead County Story Banner ©Jack BoardmanPreviously: “I have cold sandwiches, chips, and a salad for each of us in the squad; for when you’re ready to eat.”

“Ale?”

“No, coffee in your Thermos® bottle; HOT.”

“Thanks. I hate to say this, Mac,” Boomer sighed, “I don’t care if he lives, or dies.”

“I’m sorry, sheriff,” Doc McLean said as he came out of the operating room, “He’s critical; but he’ll live.”

“Good; then I can send him a Christmas card at Stillwater prison every year.” Continue reading

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