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Olympic rower John Pritchard (left) and crew member Chris Gate row out from Hub’s Landing and Marina in Hastings on Monday morning to begin a nine-hour trek south toward Lake City. (Republican Eagle photos by Michael Brun)

Rowing the Mighty Mississippi

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HASTINGS — With the sun quickly heating the morning air, John Pritchard helped load supplies Monday into a pair of wooden Victorian skiffs docked at Hub’s Landing and Marina.


Joined by a team of crew members and supporters, the 56-year-old London native led the three-seat rowboats south past Red Wing as part of a 2,300-mile trek down the Mississippi River to raise money for a youth charity.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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