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Members of the 8 Rivers North Expedition took a short break in Adam Maxwell’s yard Tuesday afternoon for a team photo. From left are Alex Compton, Kari Smerud, Jake Bendel, Ryan Ritter, Tessa Olson and Adam Maxwell. (Steve Kuchera /

Northland group heads north for 900-mile canoe adventure


Gear was spread all over Adam Maxwell’s tiny backyard in Duluth’s Hillside. Canoes. Nine bulging food packs. Tents. Fuel bottles. Hanks of rope. Map cases. Bear sirens. A solar battery charger.

Tuesday was gear shakedown day for Maxwell and five companions who plan to paddle and portage 900 miles across Canada this summer on a trip they’ve dubbed the 8 Rivers North Expedition.

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