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Brothers Josh, from left, and Ben Monson and friend Matt Folkedahl are launching the home-built raft they call the "Sea Monkey'' on the Mississippi River in Bloomington today. The threesome is embarking on a 2,000-mile trek to New Orleans. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Trio to launch home-built raft on Huckleberry Finn adventure

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By day's end, they will know if they've taken off on a Gilligan's Island-style, three-hour tour, or a true adventure fitting of Huckleberry Finn.


Ben Monson, 23, his brother, Josh, 25, and their friend, Matt Folkedahl, 23, all of Willmar, are launching their homemade raft today on the Mississippi River in Bloomington. Their destination is New Orleans, 2,000 miles downstream.

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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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