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Ron Schara fights back tears as he signs off from 'Minnesota Bound' one last time

By his side, as usual, was his famous black lab, Raven.

With his famous black lab Raven by his side, Minnesota's most famous outdoorsman signed off from "Minnesota Bound" one last time on Sunday.

"I'm Ron Schara, and this is the star of the show," he said as he leaned down to rub Raven's neck. "Come on girl, let's go." 

You can watch his emotional farewell starting at the 17:45 mark in the video

Schara hosted "Minnesota Bound" for 23 years, after leaving his role as the Star Tribune's outdoors columnist to launch the show and his own production company, Ron Schara Productions, that specializes in outdoor storytelling.

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Even though Schara is handing the hosting gig over to longtime show partners, daughter Laura Schara and Bill "The Man About The Woods" Sherck, Schara vows to be back on the show every now and again.

"I'm not riding off into the sunset," Schara explained. "Raven and I will be doing some stories occasionally, and maybe a Minnesota Bound special a time or two." 

Before his emotional final goodbye as the show's regular host, Schara thanked the viewers, asking them to "keep watching because this is a great show and you've made it that way."

Minnesota Bound airs Saturdays at 6:35 p.m. and Sundays at 10:35 p.m. on KARE 11. 

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