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Sue Entsminger was born and raised on a farm in Newport, Pennsylvania. Living on a farm, she enjoyed a rural lifestyle and liked the outdoors and hunting. Sue came to Alaska in 1973 with her first husband and their son, who was three years old at the time. Sue met Frank Entsminger at his taxidermy shop in Fairbanks, when she went in looking for a job. Eventually, Frank and Sue married and in 1977 they moved to the Tok Cutoff near Tok, Alaska where they still live. They live a subsistence-based lifestyle relying on hunting, fishing and trapping. Sue has worked as a hunting guide, as a commercial fisherman, has helped with her husband's taxidermy business, and since 1983 has sewn and sold hand-made fur hats. She also has been involved with local and regional hunting management by serving on the Fish and Game Advisory Commitee for the Tok Cutoff/Nabesna Road and the State of Alaska Board of Game.