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Heidi Karasch of Black Swan Cooperage shows a stave that is cleaned and ready to be made into a barrel. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

25-year-old cooper runs family business

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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - Russ Karasch doesn't hesitate to say he's the "luckiest guy on Earth" to have his 25-year-old daughter as his boss.

Heidi Karasch is the owner of Black Swan Cooperage, the Karasch family barrel-making business. She's also one of the only female coopers, or barrel makers, in the United States. She learned the craft from her father, who's been a cooper for 21 years.

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