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Ray Magnuson competed in the Nov. 3 Natural Athlete Strength Association's Master's National Powerlifting meet in Mesa, Ariz., taking the overall trophy in his weight class. Submitted photo

Strongman takes prize at national meet; hobby of heft helps him keep working

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Powerlifter Ray Magnuson of River Falls hoisted his way through a national competition in Mesa, Ariz., Nov. 3, taking away not only the trophy for his weight class but also helping a group of Wisconsin lifters finish first in a team competition.

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The 71-year-old said he drives his wife of 51 years, Virginia, down to Arizona each winter. This year, he thought he'd pop by the Natural Athlete Strength Association's Master's National powerlifting meet to see how he fared.

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