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DULUTH—There was no singular moment of revelation, Duluth native Rick Rickert said, no parting of the clouds and a giant beam of light shining down from the heavens enlightening him, but just the natural progression of years spent on the basketball court, a magical journey he knew wouldn't last forever. "It was about time," he said.
DULUTH -- With temperatures in the 40s, gusty winds and rain, conditions at the Boston Marathon in April were nothing short of awful. Wisconsin native Kellyn Taylor had high hopes in her first Boston Marathon, but those hopes dissipated in the puddles. Halfway through the 26.2-mile race, a biker, seeing her ghost white, asked if she was OK. She wasn’t. She was hypothermic.
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.