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Red Wing native displays wakeboard winch at River City Days

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Midwest summers are short - too short for most water-crazed river worshipers. For Red Wing native and Lake Pepin lover Kyle Mehrkens, the stunted season taunted his watersport obsession for years - but not anymore.


Mehrkens has masterminded a new watersport product, allowing a person to wakeboard alone without ever launching a boat.

An electrically powered automatic wakeboard winch offers a non-operated pull, he said, allowing the boarder to ride independently.

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Stacy Bengs-Silverberg
Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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