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Chuck DeMann Depicted
Xavier Tavera, Minneapolis
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"I had the opportunity to photograph three generations of reenactors of the James Gang. The oldest of the three impeccably dressed gentlemen reached for the gun in his belt. "Okay, you know the drill. Hands up." I felt like complying, but his laughter stopped me. Chuck DeMann, a longtime Dundas resident, is well known for his portrayal of various characters during the annual Defeat of Jesse James Days in Northfield. At the end of the photography session, the three men, confident in front of a camera, said good-bye and fled the scene as fast and as silent as professional bandits."

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