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Marty Carlson of Canadian Pacific Railroad drives a railroad spike by hand north of Mahnomen Wednesday afternoon as part of the railroad’s spike driving competition. Each competitor is timed while they set and drive three spikes by hand. BRIAN BASHAM/RECORD

Keen eye, true aim needed for spike-driving contest

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Though he has been competing in Canadian Pacific Railroad’s spike driving contest since 2006 — and has won the U.S. regional contest for two years in a row — Marty Carlson admitted that he was a little worried heading into the first heat of the competition Wednesday afternoon north of Mahnomen.


“I’m a little nervous,” Carlson said.

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Vicki Gerdes
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