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Nobody's ever raced for pink slips at the Kia of Duluth Drag Races & Car Show, but the right rpm-ego mixture could soon change that. "It would be great once if we had one guy say, 'Whoever wins gets the other guy's car,'" said Ryan Kern, president of Kernz & Kompany, the event promoter for this weekend's drags. "It's getting close to that point.
Dragon boat seating is a science to Megan Kress. The paddlers she coaches have assigned seats specifically chosen to enhance a boat's speed while carrying 20 paddlers, a steersperson and a drummer. "It's the ultimate team sport," she said Thursday afternoon, on the eve of the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival at Superior's Barkers Island. "A lot of teams have superstars. Here there is zero status. Every seat has a defined role.
Scott Pearson died while running, and running saved his life. The latter part of that paradox will bring the 62-year-old Poplar resident back to the race where his life nearly ended a year ago. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Pearson recalls feeling dizzy while running past Lake Avenue during the final stages of last year's Bjorklund Half Marathon ...
If I ever run away and join the roller derby, I already have a new name picked out. "Ric-Klubbers." Why not? Derby names are as colorful and bold as the skaters themselves.
Opposing basketball teams won't want to hear this, but Anders Broman and Jessica Lindstrom can hit free throws with their eyes closed. Not squinting or peeking through their fingers. Eyes closed.
Expressions of thanks will be piled high at the Donahue family table today. Only three months ago, Jon Donahue and his family and friends didn't know whether he'd live long enough to see the leaves change color, let alone celebrate Thanksgiving at their Piedmont Heights home. Donahue's summer was shattered by a cancer diagnosis and a stroke that left his left side temporarily paralyzed. After weeks receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatments, as well as physical therapy to help him recover from the stroke, Donahue's remarkable progress and positive outlook give him many reasons to be th
During fantasy football's prehistoric age, Larry Larson was a caveman. The 66-year-old Lake Nebagamon resident started the All Star Football League a couple of decades before the Internet and magazine stands detonated fantasy football onto America's NFL-crazed landscape. "We're old school," said Larson, a retired Superior police officer. That's an understatement as big as Clay Matthews' biceps. Founded in 1976, Larson's league is an artifact that belongs in the Smithsonian, a throwback to a time many NFL fans know only from old highlight reels: Walter Payton had just completed his roo
The hottest ticket in Twin Ports high school sports never gets printed, sold or punched: Duluth East vs. Hermantown in boys hockey. Local puck fans have craved that matchup for years, but how much would they pay to see the undefeated Greyhounds (17-0) play the undefeated Hawks (17-0) this season? The top-ranked schools in Class AA and A are only miles apart, but they may as well be located on different planets. It's mind-boggling why that game can't be an annual event.
Sunday's stunning 37-20 playoff defeat to the New York Giants propelled the Green Bay Packers into the offseason about three weeks earlier than they had originally planned. At least they can take solace in putting quarterback Aaron Rodgers' forthcoming MVP trophy in the spot they had designated for their next Lombardi Trophy. But between now and the start of the 2012-13 season, there will be many questions that need to be answered, including: Will the value of Green Bay Packers stock plummet on Wall Street?
Members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins are starting to sweat. That squad achieved NFL immortality by putting together the only perfect season of the Super Bowl era -- going undefeated during the regular season, winning two playoff games and then the Super Bowl. And they don't want to share that honor with another team.