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A special honey comb modification to the staves that Heidi Karasch’s family came up with helps speed up the aging process of the liquor. Carrie Snyder / Forum News Service

25-year-old cooper runs family business

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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – Russ Karasch doesn’t hesitate to say he’s the “luckiest guy on Earth” to have his 25-year-old daughter as his boss.


Heidi Karasch is the owner of Black Swan Cooperage, the Karasch family barrel-making business. She’s also one of the only female coopers, or barrel makers, in the United States. She learned the craft from her father, who’s been a cooper for 21 years.

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