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Photos: Joy and agony at Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf

Golfers hit the course for some fun on Thursday, July 7.

Abella VanHornweder, 8, reacts to sinking a putt on the 11th hole at Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf
Abella VanHornweder, 8, reacts to sinking a putt on the 11th hole at Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf in Superior on Thursday morning, July 7, while golfing with Mary VanHornweder, of South Range.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — Mary VanHornweder and her playing partner, 8-year-old Abella VanHornweder, worked the holes like old pros at Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf on Barker’s Island in Superior on Thursday, July 7.

Abella VanHornweder, 8, of South Range, sticks out her tongue as she leaves putt short
Abella VanHornweder, 8, of South Range, sticks out her tongue as she leaves putt short on the 9th hole at Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf in Superior on Thursday morning, July 7.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

“We try to get out here every week,” said Mary, of South Range. “We never keep score, it's about having fun.”

A few holes back, Stephanie Ratajek and 6-year-old Lucy Huhta, both of Duluth, took turns hitting their balls on the warm morning after days of unseasonably chilly temperatures in the Northland.

“We had over 300 visitors on Saturday, and Sunday, too, I think. That’s a lot,” said Kathy Watczak, an employee at Capt’n J’s, as she watered some of the flowers along the course.

Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Stephanie Ratajek, right, smiles while Lucy Huhta, 6, frowns after missing a putt on the 11th hole
Stephanie Ratajek, right, smiles while Lucy Huhta, 6, frowns after missing a putt on the 11th hole as the duo from Duluth golf at Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf in Superior on Thursday morning, July 7.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Mary VanHornweder, left, of South Range, watches her ball fly over a hill on the 11th hole
Mary VanHornweder, left, of South Range, watches her ball fly over a hill on the 11th hole as Abella VanHornweder, 8, waits her turn as the two play at Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf in Superior on Thursday morning, July 7.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Mary VanHornweder, right, of South Range, watches her ball roll into the cup on the 12th hole while Abella VanHornweder, 8, waits her turn
Mary VanHornweder, right, of South Range, watches her ball roll into the cup on the 12th hole while Abella VanHornweder, 8, waits her turn as the two play at Capt’n J’s Miniature Golf Thursday morning, July 7, in front of the SS Meteor on Barker’s Island in Superior.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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Jed Carlson joined the Superior Telegram in February 2001 as a photographer. He grew up in Willmar, Minnesota. He graduated from Ridgewater Community College in Willmar, then from Minnesota State Moorhead with a major in mass communications with an emphasis in photojournalism.
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