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Seven paddlers are taking a modern-day expedition down the Mighty Mississippi River starting today from Lake Bemidji State Park. Among them are, from left, Max Atwood, Brett Rogers, Sarah Stewart, Magnus Anderson, Kyle Jeffery and Cliff Quinn. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Project highlights clean river by rowing to Gulf

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They have a dream to bring attention to the quality of the water on the Mighty Mississippi.

Seven paddlers -- six from Ontario, Canada, and one from Australia -- will leave Lake Bemidji State Park this morning for the 2,400-mile expedition down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico on a 32-foot, 800-pound York boat constructed by several of its team members.

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