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A team of Let's Go Fishing volunteers from the Duluth chapter are pedaling a 1,460-mile route around the state to visit all 27 chapters, and raise funds and public awareness on behalf of the organization. They reached Willmar on Tuesday, when local representatives Sue Ripley and Roger Benson were on hand to greet them. From left are: Ripley, Chuck Wollack, Dr. Dave Spoelhof, M.D., Benson, Clarence Nylund, Sue Nylund, Nancy Saari, Dave Carlson and Dennis Hoelscher. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

Pedaling optimism around the state of Minn.

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WILLMAR -- Duluth Mayor Don Ness was on hand to wish them well, and 400 balloons were released as friends cheered their departure.

Yet what's really etched in their memory is what greeted the team of bicyclists on the road: ''40 degrees and a driving rain at the start,'' said Clarence Nylund, describing their May 5 start from Duluth.

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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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