BEMIDJI - Last February, cousins Michael Gutschenritter of Wisconsin and Louis Gutschenritter of Georgia began planning a canoe trip from the Mississippi Headwaters at Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico.
Molly Miron, Bemidji Pioneer
, September 08, 2010
Dick Berreth, White, S.D., holds a section of birch bark as he details the making of his reproduction Chippewa birch bark canoe for St. Mary’s Catholic and Fulda Elementary School students Thursday afternoon at Minnesota West in Worthington. The canoe, handcrafted by Berreth, took more than 200 hours of labor to complete.
MINNETONKA — Gary Hoffman remembers clearly the first time he voiced aloud his desire to canoe the length of the Mississippi River.
“When I was a little boy and had gone up to Itasca, that’s probably when my dreaming began, but I began to vocalize it in the early ’70s,” he reflected. “I can remember sitting at Monticello on the river bank with my wife and two young kids, and we saw a couple of guys paddling by. I asked them where they were headed, and they said New Orleans. I turned to (wife) Jacqui and said, ‘Someday I’m going to do that.’”
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