Minnesota Moment: Kids Launch Canoes Built During Summer Program

March 08, 2019 10:44 AM

A group of Twin Cities kids were celebrated Thursday as they graduated from a summer employment program.

Sixteen kids launched their handmade canoes at Lake Como in St. Paul.

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They built them as apprentices with a nonprofit called Urban Boatbuilders. Organizers said it's been around for more than two decades and has worked with hundreds of kids.


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But the program teaches them about a lot more than boats.

"They've learned great skills in building and working together as a team and we're here to celebrate their success," Marc Hosmer with Urban Boatbuilders said.

Next week, the students will take the canoes to the Boundary Waters.

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