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Polar explorer Ann Bancroft spoke Friday while projecting images and video from several of her arctic trips. She thrives on the challenge of surviving in a landscape that doesn't allow visitors to become complacent. Steve Dzubay photo.

Arctic explorer Bancroft delivers keynote address

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Global explorer and St. Croix Valley resident Ann Bancroft delivered the keynote address at Friday's opening session of a three-day Rotary District 5960 conference that drew 500 Rotarians to the UW-River Falls University Center.

Bancroft, a former St. Paul school teacher who lives on a farm near Scandia, Minn. and fly-fishes the Kinnickinnic River, told the group her uncle was a District Governor with Rotary International.

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