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Members of the First City Rowing Club take Bemidji's first personally owned dragon boat out for its maiden voyage earlier this year. Some area residents hope to form a league in Bemidji and form a traveling team to compete at festivals throughout the region.

Dragon boat team taking dream to new level

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BEMIDJI - For years, Mitch Rautio paddled with the Wooly Irishmen.

However, he soon found that paddling for recreation was not enough. Instead, he and four friends established a new dragon boat team, one that placed emphasis on serious competition.

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