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Free presentation and dog sled rides offered Jan. 17

Photo provided by Joey Halvorson and Her Voice Charlotte Wolf, shown here mushing a dog sled ride, will appear at a Legacy event on Jan. 17 at Green Island in Wadena.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to holler "mush!" and watch as a team of dogs pulls you across the snow on your sled, this is your opportunity.

The Wadena City Library, with the help of Green Island Preserve, will present Charlotte Wolf, musher and veterinary technician, with a brief presentation on the history of Minnesota dog sledding. She will also offer dog sled rides after the presentation. The event takes place at Green Island Preserve (across from the old Pamida in Wadena) on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Join in for hot cocoa and stories of what it is like to take part in this classic north-country sport. Dress warmly as this event is held entirely outside. In the event of no snow, join in for an informational program at the Wadena City Library instead.

You'll learn a bit about the dogs, the equipment, the history of dog sledding in Minnesota, and the commands to direct the dogs in their trail runs, and stops. Wolf grew up in St. Paul and her cultural background is Swedish. She's always had a love of dogs and pursued that as a young girl by working in a kennel helping out, and eventually going to school to become a veterinary technician. Her passion has played out with her eight dogs, dog sled and truck to haul them around for races and various events, and she assists other mushers as well, given her passion, skills and training.

For more information, please contact the Wadena City

Library at (218) 631-2476.