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Veruschka Xox opens the sliding stern doors of Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, the 12-foot-by-20-foot raft he and Zelda Xox plans to float from Minneapolis to New Orleans this summer. They are building the vessel at Al and Cate Belleveau's home near Bemidji. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Mississippi River adventure: Couple build raft for a journey

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"It's lovely to live on a raft," said Huckleberry Finn in Mark Twain's classic novel of a trip down the Mississippi River.

Veruschka and Zelda Xox (pronounced "Zocks") will learn the truth of that expression this summer when they launch their 12-foot-by-20-foot houseboat-raft in Minneapolis for a run to New Orleans.

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