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The North West International Rowing Association is a regional association of Canadian and American rowing clubs of the Upper Mid-Western United States and Western Canada.

The Association was founded in 1885 by the Winnipeg Rowing Club, the Minnesota Boat Club and the Saint Paul Lurline Rowing Club as the “Minnesota and Winnipeg Rowing Association.

The Association was dormant from 1897 to 1905 during the Boer and American-Spanish Wars. The Association was revived in 1905 as the "€œWest-Canada Rowing Association" and the annual regatta held in 1906 at Minnetonka. In 1909 the North West International Rowing Association name was adopted.

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