PAGBRAI Rescheduled

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CLEAR LAKE, IOWA — Plans this weekend for some paddlers are changing

The inaugural “Paddlers Annual Great Boat Ride across Iowa”, or “PAGBRAI” has been rescheduled to the last weekend in September.

It was supposed to start north of Leland on the Winnebago River and end in Mason City.

But plans changed after the Iowa Department of Natural Resources notified event organizers it would be against state law without a permit.

“We hope to accommodate that and work with the DNR and make this a great annual event going in three-day legs each year,” Event Organizer Gregory Schmidt said.  “Next year, we’ll go Mason City to Cedar Falls. And hopefully, it’s much more organized with a lot of safety precautions.

The trip will also be documented on film and it will all debut at the independent film festival in Mason City.

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