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From left, Jen Sass, Brian Reichel, Kyle Thompson and Cody Prudoehl are with the two 20-foot canoes that will carry them from Lake Itaska to the Gulf of Mexico on the Mississippi River. Check on their progress of their trip, which begins May 20, at paddlecrew.com. Submitted photo

Cottage Grove man and his friends canoeing the Mississippi

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If all goes as planned, in 75 days Kyle Thompson and three friends will canoe from the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico.

But Thompson, a 2007 Park High School graduate from Cottage Grove, and friends Jen Sass, Brian Reichel and Cody Prudoehl don't want everything to go as planned.

They are looking for adventure.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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