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Alex Linnell paddled into Lake Bemidji about 4 p.m. Friday followed by his father Stan. The 21-year-old Mendota Heights, Minn., residents hopes to be the first person ever to stand-up paddle the 2,350 miles of the Mississippi River in a fundraising effort for the American Red Cross. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Mississippi River: Mendota Heights man begins paddle board trip

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After three days on the Mississippi, 21-year-old Alex Linnell of Mendota Heights, Minn., entered Lake Bemidji Friday afternoon. He hopes to be the first person to ever stand-up paddle the length of the river.


He left the Headwaters on Wednesday morning accompanied by his father Stan in a kayak.

Linnell said he was not hampered by the many deltas and marshlands.

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