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Natalie Warren, left, and Ann Raiho look over a Minnesota River map as they prepare Friday morning to portage around the Granite Falls dam. The two have been paddling upstream for 17 days but today are enjoying a break in Montevideo. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Hudson Bay Bound: Upstream paddle on Minnesota River intended to inspire others

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GRANITE FALLS -- Paddling the Mississippi River to prepare for their adventure, they were warned: "The Minnesota River is like chocolate milk.''

They got the color right, and there's been plenty of mud, but the Minnesota River has more than made up for it by the scenery, wildlife and wilderness-like feel it has offered them.

"It's so much more beautiful than we thought it was going to be,'' said Natalie Warren.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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