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Cokato Lions to raffle off canoe for scholarship fund
March 1, 2010

Tickets on sale now for cedar-strip canoe built by Lions

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Cokato Lions Club members are working hard to complete a 17-foot cedar-strip canoe that will be raffled off at its annual pork chop dinner this spring.

The project began in December with six to eight Lions members helping construct the canoe strip-by-strip from a kit.

The kit included individual wood strips with tongue and groove, the forms, two seats that needed to be assembled, and the yoke that needed to be cut to fit and installed. Fiberglass mesh and epoxy was also used to give the canoe extra durability.

When completed, the two-seater will have taken between 120 and 150 hours to construct, according to Mark Redman, Lions member.

Redman was given the idea by Richard Buchholz, a technology education teacher at the Hutchinson Middle School.

The men became acquainted with one another through ProBuild, a lumber company, where Redman works in outside sales.

Buchholz has built five similar canoes, including four with his students, and was asked to help with this project.

The goal of the Lions project is to raffle the canoe, among other prizes, with the proceeds benefiting a newy established scholarship fund for Dassel-Cokato High School graduates, according to Redman.

The canoe is valued at $3,000, but can sell for retail around $5,000, according to Buchholz.

“It’s the type of canoe that whomever gets it can take to the Boundary Waters or paddling around the local lakes,” he said.

“It’s a rugged and durable canoe,” Buchholz added.

Six hundred tickets will be sold at $10 apiece.

Along with the canoe, the Lions will also raffle off an electric smoker with a $200-value, a fishing rod and reel with a $150 value, a two-night getaway to Grand Casino-Hinkley with a $150 value, $100 cash, and other smaller donations.

“It’s been a fun project,” Redman said of building the canoe. “It’s something different.”

The project is expected to be completed in a few short weeks including the final sanding and varnishing.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from any Lions member, or by calling Redman at (320) 583-6319 or Abe Abrahamson at (320) 286-6244. Tickets can also be purchased at Farmers’ State Bank of Dassel and First National Bank in Cokato.

The pork chop dinner is scheduled for Friday, April 23, but the place is yet to be determined.


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