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Charles Kuralt is pictured tubing down the Apple River in 1972. His report on the Walter Cronkite hour proved to be great publicity for Somerset and the surrounding area. Over the years, Kuralt would return to Somerset to tube and enjoy the local cuisine. Photos courtesy of America Academy of Achievement

40 years ago: Kuralt story changed Somerset

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July 3, 1972, is the day that changed Somerset forever.

That night, television reporter Charles Kuralt used his weekly "On The Road" segment to highlight what locals already knew. Tubing down the Apple River was a fun summertime activity.


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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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