Bill Callies was born in Iowa but spent most of his life in Minnesota. He worked in the Twin Cities in the floor covering business and owned Modern Floors in St. Louis Park. He took the test to be a game warden at age 43. Taking a huge cut in pay to pursue his dream of becoming a warden, he moved his wife and daughter and son from Edina to Waskish. After he retired, he wrote wonderful stories about his adventures as a warden and they are now printed in two volumes. He was a Minnesota game warden from 1960 to 1980 at Waskish, Crosby-Ironton, Orr and Baudette. Bill died in 2003 and since he had given his family instructions to wait until after he died to publish them, the first volume was available in 2006 with the second one available in 2007.