One of my favorite scenes in the movie “Fargo” is when the wildlife artist husband of Marge Gunderson, the fictional Brainerd police chief, laments finishing behind one of the Hautman brothers in a postage stamp contest.
Norm Gunderson’s second-place mallard painting was relegated to the 3-cent stamp instead of the 29-cent stamp.
“Hautman’s blue-winged teal got the 29 cent,” Norm says to Marge. “People don’t much use the 3 cent.”
“Oh, for Pete’s sake,” Marge replies. “Of course they do. Whenever they raise the postage, people need the little stamps.”
Well, chalk up another one for the Hautmans.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Saturday announced that Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minn., is the winner of the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. Hautman’s painting of a wood duck marks the fourth time he’s won the federal duck stamp competition.
His brother, Jim Hautman, won last year’s Duck Stamp Contest.
As for Norm Gunderson … he was nowhere among the finalists.