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After hearing tales of those who had lost their nerve, Laura Fryer duct taped this message to her paddle as a reminder. Fryer lives in Duluth, but is originally from Rochester. Photo by Joi Electa.

White-water kayaking on the Baptism River--it's a rush!

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On ground still covered with snow and under trees bending in 30 mph gusts, a dozen men and women eagerly unloaded kayaks, paddles and dry suits and braved the 44 degree temperatures Saturday morning. The Baptism River roared just a few feet away as they prepared to take on the rock-strewn white-water near Illgen Falls in craft barely 6 feet long.

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