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'Thursdays at the U': Canoeing the Mississippi

| Linda Tollefsrud

Luke Yourzak

Luke Yourzak

Huck Finn famously took off on a raft trip down the Mississippi. Others enjoy luxury cruises down the river that divides America. Luke Yourzak decided to "thru-boat" the more than 2,300-mile journey in a canoe.

The public is invited to learn about Yourzak's adventures during his Oct. 27 presentation, "Down the Mississippi in a Leaky Canoe," for the "Thursdays at the U" series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County.

Yourzak will speak from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall). The presentation also will be livestreamed.

He will describe his encounters with weather, aching muscles, interesting characters, a variety of other river-going vessels and more. Yourzak hails from Sarona, but is invested in traveling widely and embarking on one adventure after another.

The "Thursdays at the U" weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are needed for campus guests.

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at tollefla@uwec.edu.