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Woman swims across Mississippi River in Dubuque

Rose White's swim across the Mississippi River took less than 20 minutes. Rose White's swim across the Mississippi River took less than 20 minutes.

An East Dubuque, Ill. woman swam across the Mississippi River Thursday morning to raise awareness and money for a local crisis pregnancy center.

The woman, Rose White, raised more than $700 with her swim for the Clarity Clinic. That's a crisis pregnancy center in Dubuque that is a non-profit and non-denominational Christian organization.

The swim across the main channel, from East Dubuque just south of the Julien Dubuque Bridge to near Catfish Creek in Dubuque, took less than 20 minutes.

"I thought it would be harder and I thought it would definitely take me longer, and I thought the current would definitely carry me much farther down, so I was really excited that we did it that fast," White said, adding she's not a professional swimmer and she has never been on a swim team.

White's daughter was supposed to swim with her mother but didn't feel up to it Thursday morning.

Still, White said, "My daughter and I realized that we both had this on our bucket list, and that was what was the very first motivating idea, and then wanting to make it count for something."

White said she would likely do the swim again, hopefully next time with her daughter.

The family asked about the barge schedule ahead of time and a boat followed White her entire swim.

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