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Photo provided John Rife, center, helps carry a canoe down to the Crow Wing River. Rife's efforts helped establish the Crow Wing River Canoe Trail in 1964.

Expo will feature life celebration for conservationist

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John Rife's life as a conservationist began when his wife, Helen, put him into the farming business during World War II by putting some money down on a small place in Wadena County's Meadow Township.

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