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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.''

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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.

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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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