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Semper Fidelis is the U.S. Marine Corps motto, meaning “always faithful.” That philosophy inspired Fidelis Co.

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Semper Fidelis is the U.S. Marine Corps motto, meaning “always faithful.” That philosophy inspired Fidelis Co., a new company founded by U.S. Marine Corps Captain Tim O’Neil, currently stationed in the Twin Cities. Fidelis partners with manufacturers and craftsmen to make high-design, sturdy versions of practical goods, including paddles, pens, and the waterproof Rite in the Rain notebooks ($14 each) in rain-slicker yellow. That’s right—the pages will hold up even if your canoe flips (provided you use a ballpoint pen or a pencil). We’re anxious to see more from this promising brand. fidelisco.com

If you can whittle a marshmallow stick, you can build a cedar strip canoe. Or you could let the skilled team at NorthWest Canoe in St. Paul build you one, like the 16-footer pictured. northwestcanoe.com

Paddles, handcrafted in southern Minnesota, are a collaboration by Sanborn Canoe and Fidelis Co. $165 each, from fidelisco.com

The cinch tote is the perfect carryall: great style and durability. It’s handmade in Colorado. $89, by Topo, from Askov Finlayson
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Garden Fresh Cleaning is more fun when it smells like sunflowers. New this month. mrsmeyers.com

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