Brothers Josh, from left, and Ben Monson and their friend Matt Folkedahl are seen on the "Sea Monkey'' on Diamond Lake a day before they launched their journey. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
'Sea Monkey' nearing Big Easy
WILLMAR -- The crew of the Sea Monkey was expecting to reach New Orleans this morning and complete their 2,000-miles-plus, 35-day trip down the Mississippi River in a homemade raft.
"Excited, but also a little disappointed,'' said Ben Monson, 23, who organized the trip, when reached by telephone Thursday as they motored about 30 miles upstream of Baton Rouge, La.
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