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Rollin’ on the river – Winnipeg Free Press

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The Red River Trail from Winnipeg may have ended in St. Paul, Minn., but the trade route kept going down the Mississippi River. Just like us. Long before the Mall of America, the closest shopping centre to Red River was St. Louis. So we sent our ox and cart back to Winnipeg and got a berth on the paddle-wheeler the American Countess — a ‘floating wedding cake’ of luxury consistent with many steamboats of old. The Countess’s twin paddle-wheels are easily four times the diameter of our ox-cart wheels. We definitely traded up.

Monuments to a forgotten man

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Terry Doerksen and his wife, Patty, got a berth on the paddle-wheeler the American Countess.

Our cruise started with a night at the Radisson Hotel. I was nervous entering the world of beautiful people. After 1- weeks in close contact with Zik, my pores were still emitting hints of ‘eau de ox.’ I hadn’t had a…

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