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Mississippi dreaming: Hoffman shares quest of paddling from Itasca to New Orleans

Published 01/09/2010, Worthington Daily Globe

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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