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June 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Wisconsin governor recall debate spilling over Michigan border

UW Election Eye had high hopes for a brief respite from the fiery Wisconsin gubernatorial recall race, enjoying a Sunday afternoon drive across the border into Ironwood, Michigan. Instead, the welcome we got along old Highway 2 was business as usual: Wisconsin politics.

Pera on range

John Pera fires his treasured Flintlock rifle on a range in Marenisco, Michigan on June 3, 2012. This is where he trains for his reenactment role from the French-Indian War of the mid 18th century. (Photo by Thor Tolo/UW Election Eye)

MARENISCO, Mich. — The sight of a cemetery near a children’s playground and Little League diamond is a common scene in small towns across America, including this tiny Michigan town 10 miles north of the Wisconsin border.

The sight of a shooting range running parallel to the first base line of a baseball park — separated by only a narrow blacktop road — is not at all common. And the sight of a restored Flintlock rifle is rarer still.

Welcome to Wisconsin North, not a bad nickname for this stretch of land not far from the western shores of Lake Superior. This, as expert rifleman John Pera put it, is “Walker Country.”

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