It has been a sad week in the state Game, Fish & Parks Department, with the passing last Wednesday of Hamlin County  conservation officer Brook Brown

Brown, who formerly served as a CO in Brown County, was diagnosed in April with stage 4 lung cancer. Things went quickly from there. He was only 38.

A Minnesota native who began his post-secondary studies in music, Brown earned an associate degree from Moorhead State. He then got his bachelors of science degree from the wildlife and fisheries department at SDSU. The military veteran went on to land a CO's job with GF&P. He loved everything outdoors and was involved in many groups, events and activities.

I didn't know him personally but have heard enough good things to feel just a hint of the hurt in his passing.

The funeral was this morning in Watertown. The veteran of the Iraq war will be buried today at the Marble Lutheran Cemetery near Canby, Minn.

Take It Outside sends best wishes to Brown's friends in GF&P. And we send our prayers and sympathies to his wife, Cerrisa, and their two children, Tucker, 4, and Norah, 2.

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