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Darlene and Jack Lown dance on the deck of the Dar-Ja in 1985. They met at a dance in Waterloo, Iowa, and married in 1949. Jack died in 1987. Photo submitted

The Dar-Ja has moored in Hudson for 59 years

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Among the sailboats moored along the dike road in Hudson Harbor next spring will be one that has a longer history here than most residents of the city.


The Dar-Ja has dropped anchor in Hudson each summer since 1954, three years after Jack Lown finished building the 55-foot, two-masted vessel. This summer will be the boat's 60th season here.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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