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Jerry Fruetel, builder of a colorful cedar-and-canvas canoe, prepares for its maiden voyage on Lake Bemidji with his father, Harold Fruetel of Bemidji. At 91, Harold said Thursday was the first time he had paddled a canoe. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Traditional craft launched in Lake Bemidji

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A christening with sparkling wine and a few practice strokes around the Diamond Point Park Lake Bemidji boat landing culminated a project Jerry Fruetel started 18 years ago.

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