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Northland residents plan two Arctic expeditions

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Lonnie Dupre wasn't planning to go to the North Pole this spring. Then, about a month ago, his cell phone rang.

The call came from an adventure travel agent in Chicago. A couple of serious world travelers, one from Lebanon and one from Texas, wanted to make a North Pole expedition. They needed a companion who knew the ropes.

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"I said I wasn't really planning on going to the pole," Dupre said. "But I chatted with these guys and, lo and behold, they have tons of experience."

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