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For 34 years, Gene Nelson has been selling bait and tackle from his shop on U.S. Highway 56 and sharing the wisdom gained from a lifetime of fishing. Now retired after heading the Baker University biology department for 26 years and teaching at the school for 28, Nelson is at the shop from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Baldwin City bait and tackle shop still lures in fishermen

Much has changed since Gene Nelson first bought his bait and tackle shop at 321 Ames St. in 1981. Then, the shop was next to a boat dealership that benefitted from Kansas City traffic buzzing by on U.S. Highway 56 headed to Clinton Lake.


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