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Natalie Warren, in stern, and Ann Raiho paddle the Cannon River. The two are preparing for their upstream slog on the flood-swollen Minnesota River by paddling against the current on the Cannon River. (Photo courtesy of Shane Kitzman, Northfield News)

Hudson Bay bound: A long adventure to shrink the gender gap


If Ann Bancroft hasn't settled the matter once and for all, Natalie Warren and Ann Raiho certainly will.

The two -- soon-to-be St. Olaf graduates -- are about to launch their canoe and re-create Eric Sevareid and Walter Port's epic, 2,250 mile canoe trip from Minneapolis to York Factory on Hudson Bay.

Sevareid's book about the 1930 adventure, "Canoeing with the Cree'' has inspired many other paddling duos to re-create the trip.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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