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Cathedral High School student Chase Peyton holds a canoe paddle on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, which was painted by an inmate at the St. Cloud, Minn., Reformatory. Peyton plans to use the paddle during a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this summer. (The St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter)

Prison inmates turn canoe paddles into works of art

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Chase Peyton, 16, feels nervous about his monthlong trip with Les Voyageurs.

The St. Cloud Cathedral High School student worries about being away from home for so long, he said. He won't have access to a cell phone and will be basically cut off from the outside world.

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Comfort will come from an unlikely source -- his canoe paddle.

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