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Balk is in the municipality of De Fryske Marren, between Harich and Wijckel, and has about 4,000 residents. The Luts canal flows through the village. Balk can thank its existence to the trade between Wijckel and Harich that took place on a beam over the Luts. It became increasingly busy at the place where the path crossed the water via a beam. The town of Balk has stood there since its beginning in around 1486.The beam was later replaced by a bridge.

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