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Minnesotans on 9-month canoe trek to Arctic are paddling through home state

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Four Minnesotans on a daring canoe expedition to the North Pole are now paddling their way through their home state, some three months after setting off from New Orleans.

The ultimate goal of the "Rediscover North America" expedition, which also includes two Iowans, is the Arctic Ocean.

According to the team's website, their trip is in its 95th day, and the adventurers have already conquered the Mississippi – a trek about 2,000 miles long.

That's a long way by boat, but a quick glance of the map shows they still have quite a ways to go before reaching their destination – over 3,000 miles, actually.

The canoers are currently on the Minnesota River, near the township of Blakely in Scott County.

So, who are these dedicated paddlers?

Four of them are St. Cloud natives: Adam Trig, Winchell Delano, Daniel Flynn and John Keaveny. All work for Second Nature, a "wilderness therapy program" in central Utah, their website says.

The non-Minnesotans are Iowa natives Jarrad Moore and Luke Kimmes.

"It’s a once in a lifetime adventure," Flynn told WCCO. "This is super challenging and with five of my best friends."

The station reports that the six will be greeted by family and friends in New Ulm on April 12th for a welcoming party before continuing their journey north.

All told, it's a nine-month-long trip that will span some 5,200 miles.

You can follow the adventurers – and see what a great time they're having along the way – by visiting their blog.

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