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Eight adventurous young paddlers are going down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, raising funds for earthquake victims in Haiti. Five days into trip, they ran into rough weather at Lake Bemidji State Park Monday evening. Tuesday, they encountered large white caps on Lake Bemidji, but with some help from Bemidj residents their canoes and gear were transported to the Mississippi River outlet late Tuesday afternoon and their journey continued. Monte Draper/Forum Communications Co.

Paddling for a better life in Haiti

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Last February, cousins Michael Gutschenritter of Wisconsin and Louis Gutschenritter of Georgia began planning a canoe trip from the Mississippi Headwaters at Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico.

"We got to talking about a cool adventure," Michael said. "The Mississippi came up and decided we shouldn't do it for selfish reasons."

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