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Rudy Goldstein, 23, of Hutchinson, is paddling this 12-foot kayak to Hudson Bay. He launched his kayak on April 25 from the back yard of his parent's home in Hutchinson, and expects to cover 2,600 miles on his summer ad-venture. He is shown on the Minnesota River in Granite Falls on Thursday morning. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

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He walked from the riverbank to the coffee shop in St. Peter wearing rubber boots and the grime that came from days of hard paddling and camping on the Minnesota River.

A couple of young men approached him with raised eyebrows and asked: "What's your story?''

He told it a few hours later around a bonfire with his new-found friends, who insisted that he enjoy the comforts of their home before returning to his adventure.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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