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HAYWARD — Caitlin Gregg was in the lead pack at the 44th American Birkebeiner cross-country ski marathon on Saturday, Feb. 24, when she suddenly heard another snowmobile, and she knew exactly what that meant. The women's elite field started before the men, but the men had reeled them in. "I looked around at the women and said, 'The men are coming,' " Gregg said. "At one point I suggested we should move over for the men, but I like these ladies. They were like, 'Nope. They can go around us. We're doing our own thing.' " Gregg makes her own trail.
DULUTH—Ben Popp was reached by NFL representatives last July inquiring if the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski marathon had any interest in partnering up for the "Super Bowl Live" festival taking place Jan. 26-Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. Popp, executive director for the Birkie, was like, "Where do you sign us up?" "They wanted to showcase what happens in the Upper Midwest in the winter," he said. "We're not out surfing. We're not on the beach. We ski and snow tube and fat bike. So we started working on that concept."
Jon Nowacki Duluth News Tribune University of Wisconsin-Superior softball coach Roger Plachta didn’t know what to expect when he attended a meeting with administration officials Monday morning, but it turned out to be a shocker. Plachta, the Yellowjackets’ all-time winningest coach, has been suspended with pay while the university investigates a misconduct complaint.
Racing resumes at 6 p.m. today (Saturday). Pits and grandstands open at 3 p.m.
The first phase of the new lighting project will cost $60,000 and will upgrade the lights along the corners. Carlson said a dollar from each ticket goes to Douglas County to pay for it.
North Dakota State won its fourth straight Football Championship Subdivision title after rallying for a 29-27 victory over Illinois State last weekend in Frisco, Texas. Colvin, now a senior special teams leader, made one tackle.
UMD rallies behind a pair of Drew Bauer TD passes to Nate Ricci
In addition, two players were stripped of their captaincy following a house party late Sunday night in Duluth.
Terry Mattson has some simple advice for any other aspiring dreamers out there, when the pundits and pragmatists tell you your dream will never work. "Don't believe that," Mattson said, flatly, and firmly. Mattson is living proof of that. Mattson, 51, is the outgoing president and CEO of Visit Duluth, the city's tourism and convention bureau, and it's no small coincidence Mattson isn't leaving until after this weekend's 22nd annual Amsoil Duluth National Snocross at Spirit Mountain. After all, Mattson is one of the founders of the Duluth National, which quickly grew from humble beginnings
For anybody who lives in Duluth and knows Spirit Mountain's ability to make snow, the questions posed to Gene Shaw the past couple weeks were no brainers. "Everybody always asks, 'Is there snow?' Even people from the Twin Cities," Shaw said. "If they don't see snow in their backyard, they start to wonder." Rest assured, snowmobile racing fans, there will be plenty of snow for the 22nd annual Amsoil Duluth National Snocross Friday through Sunday at Spirit Mountain. How much snow?