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Michael Vosburg, Forum Photo Editor, Published January 15 2012

Portraits: Greg Breining

Greg Breining reads from his book “A Hard Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do it” as the winter wind whistles through the door Thursday,

in the Barnesville, Minn., library. He was on his last of a three-day tour of eight branches of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library to talk about ice fishing as well as touch on his earlier books, including “Return of the Eagle: How America Saved Its National Symbol,” “Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park” and “Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters – Quetico Wilderness.” Breining says he has written “somewhat over a dozen (books). I get confused because a couple of them I co-authored.” When pressed, he says, “It’s about 14.” Most of them are about outdoor sports in Minnesota or on Lake Superior. Yet Breining likes to keep his equipment to a minimum. “I like being out there so much more than I like investing in gear,” he said.