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McArdle’s Resort om Lake Winnibigoshish will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2025. The resort has been in the same family for 42 years. @stribdennis Craig Brown wears many hats, and on a recent day, one suggested he was a plumber, another designated him as a fishing guide, and still another labeled him as a dock boy at the resort that has been in his family 42 years. The hats are figurative, of course. But the reference underscores the many and varied duties and challenges that confront Brown every day as a northern Minnesota resort owner, especially now that the state’s walleye and northern pike seasons have opened. Brown and his wife, Paige, along with their son, Nathan, and his wife, Tessa (the Browns also have an older son, Matt, a mechanical engineer living in Duluth), operate McArdle’s Resort on Lake Winnibigoshish, a major year-round destination for walleye, northern pike, crappie and perch anglers. With 23 cabins, eight seasonal RV sites, a guest swimming pool and Wi-Fi available throughout the resort’s campus, McArdle’s is also visited by non-angling vacationers. “Fishermen make up most of our guests on opening walleye weekend and the days thereafter,” Paige Brown said. “But summer vacationers include the whole family. That’s why we have a swimming pool and other things for kids to do.” Part of a declining industry in Minnesota — family-owned resorts — McArdle’s and other tourist destinations are breathing easier this spring than they were a year ago when the COVID scare gathered […]