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SKIING

Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club will be hosting Duluth author Ryan Rodgers on Saturday, April 2 to talk about his book, "Winter's Children," and the history of Nordic skiing.
The welcome-home party will be noon-5 p.m. April 2 in Afton’s Town Square Park, rain or shine; Diggins will arrive at 1 p.m. Afton is about 25 miles east of St. Paul.
The Duluth resident and her dog trudged nearly 200 miles through deep snow and extreme cold.
The Duluth resident, with her sled dog, Diggins, hopes to reach Grand Portage by mid-March.

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The team heads to Brainerd on Saturday, Jan. 22, for a scrimmage in place of the contest they had planned in Bemidji.

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The WDC Nordic Ski team will compete in the Sauk Rapids-Rice "Cookie" Invitational at Riverside Park in St. Cloud on Friday and then go north for the Bemidji Invitational at the Buena Vista Ski Area on Saturday.
The former Olympian was still skiing in March.
About five miles north of Bemidji, Movil Maze Recreation Area is a little known spot catering year round to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking and mountain biking to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

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