RAY, Minn. -- Carl Muggli is determined to finish the totem pole that killed his wife before he leaves the Northland.

Carl and Linda Muggli, married 24 years, carved totem poles most of that time and had become internationally recognized for their work. They were carving the totem pole on their 20-acre property near Ray in Koochiching County nine days ago when something suddenly went horribly wrong.