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BOATING

The Great Loop is a circumnavigation of the eastern U.S., and part of Canada, down the Mississippi, through the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Lakes.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness reservations open on Jan. 25
While some mariners are still enjoying Lake Pepin as the weather turns colder, Lake City's boat repair shops are already seeing their usual surge in business.
Kay and Greg Libby spent two summers circling the eastern half of the U.S. on their boat, Superior Passage.

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From the Great Lakes to great rivers, the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and Canadian canals, the 6,000-mile trip is one for the ages.
Minnesota is among the top five U.S. states with the most registered boats — topping 830,000 last year.
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Minnesotans purchased more than $1 billion worth of new boats in 2020, with more expected in 2022.
Invented by the man who gave us the Oscar-Mayer Wienermobile, the Heli-Bout is one of the first exhibits guests notice as they enter the museum.
The U of M study’s findings, released Tuesday, have been highly anticipated by advocates of stronger regulations for wakesurfing boats
Northstar Canoes among the region's businesses to thrive as enthusiasts flock to the outdoors.

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But not everyone embraces the growing demand for tearing through the woods aboard power sports equipment. Some call the machines “wreckcreational” because of the environmental damage they can cause.
State and local agencies are participating again in a campaign to tamp down on boating while intoxicated.
Wisconsin is third and North Dakota fourth.

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