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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Poor snow conditions have forced organizers to postpone the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in northeastern Minnesota.
The Duluth News-Tribune reports the race had been scheduled to start Jan. 27. It's now postponed until March 10.
Race coordinator Pat Olson tells the newspaper that the trail is "terrible."
Olson says organizers are hoping for snow by March 10. If it doesn't snow, the race could face only its third cancellation ever.
A lack of snow caused the Beargrease board of directors to cancel last year's races. It also was canceled in 2007.
“Keep It Moving,” a month-long countywide winter carnival of indoor and outdoor activities, is being planned for residents during the entire month of February. The goal is to get more people more active in February.Persons and businesses are invited to plan a fun, active community event, or to offer discounted rentals or services that support people in winter activities. Examples include a community dance, reduced cost ski/snowshoe rentals, free trial exercise classes, a walking group, a pool party, and whatever else you can come up with.Registration will be open for individuals and teams to register to log miles and minutes of winter indoor or outdoor activities at www.sawtoothmountainclinic.org beginning on Jan. 15.This event is sponsored by Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Cook County Public Health & Human Services, Cook County Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) with planning and support from the Cook County Visitors Bureau, Birch Grove Foundation and Grand Marais Safe Routes to School.
“It was like traveling inside a ping pong ball.” That’s the way Grand Marais adventurer Lonnie Dupre described the poor visibility and waist deep snow he experienced over the weekend on Denali. He was forced to use his GPS as he made his way from an 8,400 ft. camp to just shy of the 8,800 ft. mark.
Overall, because of these poor conditions it was a short day, about four hours of traveling.
On Sunday Lonnie spent the day at his current 8,800 ft. camp due to continued poor visibility and snow conditions.
The current low pressure is causing heavy snowfall on Denali while leaving his support team at a much lower elevation, with rain.
Lonnie’s been reporting temperatures on Denali at around zero degrees F, a 50-60 degree difference during his climb last year. He’s sleeping in one layer and conserving more energy usually used to keep warm.
As comforting as this sounds, it is the very thing he’s hoping to bring to attention through this expedition and documentary – One World Endeavors. “The earth’s frozen places are its thermostat,” he said, “regulating the planet’s temperature and providing a stable environment for every other part of our world.”
The Cook County girls’ basketball team was on the road Monday night, losing 61-46 to the Cherry Tigers.
Tuesday night, the Vikings boys and girls team travel to Cromwell to play the Cardinals.
The girls go into the Cromwell game at 5-8 for the season. Their last victory was 51-39 over the Cardinals in Grand Marais on January 4. The boys take their 6- 2 record to Cromwell. They beat the Cardinals 65 -55 on January 4 in the last game they played before tonight.
In Monday night’s game, the Tigers took a 28-24 lead after the first half. In the second, they outscored the Vikings 33-22 to take the win.
Theresa Morrin led the Vikings with 12 points while Breanna Peterson and Lily Gruber-Schulz had 10 each. Leah Utities and Kaitlynn Linnell nailed six each while Essence Haines rounded out Cook County scoring with two.
Angel Dahl led Cromwell with 28 points and Alexis Kudis was the other Tiger in double-figures with 11.
Although township elections are not held until March, the
time for citizens interested in running for a town board seat to file
is now. The filing period to run for treasurer or supervisor for the
townships of Lutsen, Schroeder or Tofte opened January 1 and will
close at 5 p.m. on January 15. Each of the townships is holding an
election for a supervisor term of 3 years and a treasurer term of two
Lutsen supervisor undecided
In Lutsen, the incumbents are Treasurer John Groth and Supervisor Joe
Buttweiler. Contacted by phone, Groth, who has served as Lutsen
treasurer since 2004 said he has filed and hopes to continue to serve
as township treasurer.
At press time Buttweiler said he was undecided.
To file for office in Lutsen, contact Town Clerk Silviya Duclos at
Schroeder incumbents file for reelection
Both of the Schroeder incumbents—Treasurer Alisha Kangas and
Supervisor Tina McKeever said they would run again. Reached at press
time, they each said they had filed their intent to run for reelection
at the town meeting on January 8.
McKeever is running for her second term as supervisor. “I would like
to keep at it,” she said. “During the first term you are just kind of
getting your feet wet.”
To file for office in Schroeder, contact Town Clerk Doug Schwecke at
Tofte treasurer stepping down
Tofte may see a change on its board. Incumbent Supervisor Jim King
said he would like to continue his service on the town board and said
he would be paying his filing fee at the upcoming Tofte meeting.
Back in December, Cook County Law Enforcement took a report of an all-
terrain vehicle (ATV) sunk in Clara Lake in Lutsen. Although the
initial call on December 11 was for assistance, Minnesota Department
of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Tom Wahlstrom said the
ATV owner was able to retrieve the machine without DNR help.
Wahlstrom said by the time conservation officers were able to respond,
the ATVer was out and safe. Wahlstrom said the man had been fishing.
Regarding ice conditions, CO Wahlstrom, reached by phone on January 4,
said there has been “a lot of ice making since then.”
Wahlstrom said generally the ice in the Northland is safe, but people
should always be aware of possible weak spots. Anglers should know the
lake, but also be aware that things are different every year. He said
it’s a good idea to talk to other anglers and area resorts about ice
“People need to pay attention and it is a good idea to carry ice
picks,” said Wahlstrom.
And probably most important, Wahlstrom said, “Let someone know where
you are going!”
According to Capt. Greg Salo, DNR regional enforcement supervisor in
St. Paul, four people died after falling through thin ice last winter.
DNR clear ice thickness recommendations are:
Four inches for walking.
Five inches for a snowmobile or ATV.
Eight to 12 inches for a car.
12-15 inches for a medium-sized truck.