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Ryan Emerson began his journey down the Mississippi Friday, inspired by Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain's Huck Finn. (Submitted photo

North Carolina man to travel length of Mississippi via canoe

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Huck Finn's and Abraham Lincoln's maritime escapades on the Mighty Mississippi have inspired a North Carolinian to head downriver via canoe.

Ryan Emerson, who earned a bachelor's in economics from the University of North Carolina this spring, learned about 10 days ago he'd been accepted to pursue his master's degree in the same field, the classes to begin in January.

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