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Cardboard Boat Races in Cedar Lake
'Paper champ' is positive for cardboard craftsman

June 7, 2009 By Jeff Manes, Post-Tribune correspondent
"They took all the trees, and put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar-and-a-half just to see 'em
At a glance
For more information about the Great Cedar Lake Cardboard Boat Race, call 374-6157, 374-4444 or visit the Web site www.cedarlake .

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot"
-- Joni Mitchell
In April, Boston has its Marathon. In May, Kentucky hosts the Derby, and Indianapolis the 500.
But there is another race that takes place on the Fourth of July right in our back yard you might not recognize -- The Great Cedar Lake Cardboard Boat Race.
It is an honor to feature one of the sport's all-time greats for this column -- three-time winner Ken Rasmussen. Eat your heart out, Bill Rodgers, Secretariat and Helio Castroneves.
Rasmussen, 38, grew up in Harvey, Ill., and attended Thornton Township High School. He and his wife, Mary, have three children ranging from 3 to 20 years of age. They've ... more

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