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The Black Swan Cooperage, now under the ownership of Heidi Karasch, above, is moving to the Park Rapids area with plans to employ 10, more if they add a brewery. (Submitted photo)

Black Swan Cooperage will be relocating to Osage area, come fall

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Heidi Karasch, at the age of 23, is the only known female cooper in the Midwest. As with any good apprentice in an artisan's shop, she started by sweeping the floors of her dad's cooperage.

"She knows 95 percent of the operation," Russ Karasch proudly says of his daughter who has taken over the reins of a business with roots in Greif Barrel Company in South St. Paul. Now known as Black Swan Cooperage, the business will be moving to the Park Rapids / Osage area this fall.

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