The International Water Institute in Fargo again this year is offering community paddling events for anyone interested in trying out a 10-passenger Voyageur canoe on the Red Lake River.

According to Andy Ulven, monitoring and education specialist for the International Water Institute, six of the canoes will be available during the events for participants to paddle and learn basic water safety and paddling techniques.

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The upcoming paddling events are as follows:

• Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9: Crookston Central Park; 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

• Monday, Sept. 11: Thief River Falls, 4 to 7 p.m., LaFave Park.

• Tuesday, Sept. 12: East Grand Forks, 4 to 7 p.m., Eagle Point Park.

The paddling events are free and open to the public, and all equipment is provided. For more info, contact Ulven at (701) 429-4518 or by email at

-- Herald staff report