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Robert "Dutch" Van Vranken is riding his electric wheelchair from the Headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Man on trek across country to raise money for disabled veterans

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Robert "Dutch" Van Vranken has just started a journey to the Gulf of Mexico with a mission to honor veterans.

Van Vranken headed out Tuesday from the Headwaters of the Mississippi at Itasca State Park. He will be riding an electric wheelchair on roads following the Mississippi River to the Gulf.


Although he is not a veteran, he has a lot of respect for them and wants to raise funds for veterans with disabilities.

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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