NSSDC has had to cancel its annual Fall Fun run, which had been for many years
in Mahtowa, MN. However, NSSDC will hold its regular fall meeting at the home
of Kris and Lyman Wolske in Hudson, Wisconsin, on Sunday, October 19, 2014.
Potluck at noon, meeting at 1:00. Bring a dish to pass and something to drink.
For further information, including directions to Wolskes', contact Sally Bair
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-349-2887.
North Star Holds Summer Picnic and Meeting
September 2, 2014
By Sally O’Sullivan Bair
Saturday, August 16th North Star members and
friends gathered at the home of Julie and Bob Bzdok in Rice, MN, for the
annual social get-together and meeting. It may have been blazing hot and
humid, but that did not quell the excitement of hobnobbing with fellow dog
The main topic of discussion was where to have the Fall
Fun Run, October 18-19. The Johnsons will not be hosting the event at their
Mahtowa home this year. Two options were presented. Further information is
needed for each of the options. A decision will come soon from the NSSDC
board. NSSDC thanks the Johnsons for all their work with hosting the Annual
Fall Fun Run for so many years. Without their generosity and hard work the
event would not have attained such popularity.
Bob Bzdok updated members on the Camp Ripley race, which
looks again like a super event. Sally Bair stated that she would like to
mentor or train someone who might be interested in taking on media
responsibilities. Erin Becker volunteered.
At the Fun Run and meeting in October, officers (vice
president, treasurer, and adult junior chair) will be elected. Members will
also vote on the Maeb Bayers Memorial Trophy recipient and ballot for
affiliations with ISDRA (International Sled Dog Racing Association), USFSS (US
Federation of Sleddog Sports), and MCDC (Minnesota Council of Dog Clubs).
Members are urged to attend and cast their vote on NSSDC affairs. Mail-in
ballots will be available in the September Tugline.
NSSDC thanks the Bzdoks for hosting this summer
2014 NSSDC Summer Meeting & Picnic: 2:00 PM
June 19, 2014
Brush up on your hamburger-eating manners! Tune up your vocal chords!
Relearn the fine art of holding animated conversations with people rather than
Saturday, August 16, 2014
At Bob & Julie Bzdok’s home
613 – 135th St. NE, Rice, MN
NSSDC meeting at 2:00. Potluck lunch to follow.
Hamburgers, buns, and trimmings will be provided. Bring a dish/salad to pass
Camping will be available. Bring your tent! There is plenty of room.
Have fun playing volleyball, yard games, swimming or trampolining!
There is plenty to keep young & old entertained in the day
& a fire pit to sit around & tell stories at night!
The spring meeting of NSSDC will be Sunday, April 13, 2104, at the home
of Kris & Lyman Wolske in Hudson, WI. Potluck at noon with meeting to follow
at 1:00 PM. Bring something to pass & a beverage. Contact Wolskes for
directions: email: email@example.com.
Directions are also printed in the March TUGLINE.
Frazee is Ready!
From Neal Seeger, Frazee Sled Dog ClubFebruary 17, 2014
Frazee, MN, February 18, 2014– Greetings to
all. The week of the race is in overdrive to prepare the final tasks. Some
entries are in, but they are less than what we expected. This race is one of
three races that are sanctioned by North Star Sled Dog Club.
We have contacted the Snowmobile Trail Groomer to help place the trail, as the
snow is quite deep in areas from drifting. The snow plowing of the parking areas
is complete. If you feel gifted with time and energy, there are several small
tasks that we would love to have you fulfill. Contact Neal at 218-841-3401 or
Heidi at 218-841-7559. The Frazee Go Getters have planned other activities
around the race. Some will happen at the race site and others will take place at
the Frazee Event Center.
Come out and enjoy the Community Events. Winter will be over before you know it! Camp Ripley Sled Dog Race: Where Some Old
Met Some NewFebruary 17, 2014By Sally
Monticello, MN, February 17, 2014 – Again nature
rolled out the white carpet this year for Camp Ripley’s 2nd Winter
Warriors Sled Dog Race February 15-16, 2014. Weather couldn’t have been more
perfect – with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the high teens and low
twenties. The trails were well packed, wide, and gorgeous.
Thirty-eight teams vied for a purse of over $2500. When
all was said and done, it was Charlie Laboda (Hoveland, MN) who took home the
top honor in the 10-dog mid-distance, 45-mile event with a total time of
8:00:54.18, followed by Jamie Nelson (Togo, MN) in second with a total time of
8:29:17.88 and nineteen-year-old Saul Ellering – yes, son of distance musher
and wrestler “Precious Paul” – taking the third place trophy. Laboda and his
father Dennis had just returned from the Wyoming Stage Stop race, so their
dogs were in top condition partly owing to the higher altitude of Wyoming. But
Nelson is no slouch either. She is a veteran musher with over 40 years of
experience, and Laboda, the senior, recalled when he was but a teen competing
against Nelson. Nelson had a dog on the second day that was exhibiting some
difficulties, and she ended up loading it periodically.
Dennis Laboda carried home the top prize in the 6-dog
mid-distance, 25-mile class with a total time of 4:14:48.01 for the two days.
The teams of Art Stoller and Coreene Hanson (Bagley, MN) placed second and
third, respectively. Stoller’s total time was 4:21:02.76. He and Hanson had
worked out a slick strategy for beating Laboda, but because of the superior
condition of Laboda’s team, it didn’t gain traction. Stoller also mused about
having competed against a teenaged Laboda many years ago.
In the 10-dog sprint class, race coordinator Bob Bzdok
(Rice, MN) successfully defended his 2013 title, posting a total time for the
10.2-mile trail of 1:08:56.54. He was followed a little over four minutes
later by teenager Sherry Johnson (Fergus Falls, MN), daughter of former musher
and champ Neal Johnson and champ and veterinarian Carolyn Johnson. Tim Wallace
(Zim, MN) took home the prize for third place.
Ken Davis (Saginaw, MN) peddled to first in the 6-dog
sprint class with a total time of 50:02.80 for the 7.2-mile trail. Tim Wallace
(Zim, MN) was second, and Dean Bonati (Hillman, MN) was third. In the 4-dog
sprint class, young Jordyn Bzdok garnered first place with a total time for
the 4.0-mile trail of 24:42.51, besting Ken Davis by a mere 26 seconds. Lyman
Wolske, North Star Sled Dog Club’s president, grabbed the trophy for third
place. Sherry Johnson (Fergus Falls, MN) again took the podium in the 4-dog
rec class. She posted a total time of 32:12.75 for the 4.0-mile trail. She was
followed in second place by Brad Rasmussen (Hutchinson, MN) and Emily Kowalke
(St. Cloud, MN) in third.
Allison Petell (Mazeppa, MN) took home the trophy in the
skijoring class, a 4.0-mile trail. Despite there being many skijorers in
Minnesota, no others showed up for the competition, and Allison, being the
sole spokesperson for skijorers, was inundated with questions from spectators,
expressing an interest in this form of winter activity.
Eight-year-old John Bzdok (Rice, MN) again stole the show
this year in the youth classes, placing first in both the 3-dog, 4.0-mile
trail and the 2-dog, 2.8-mile trail. Running her first race, nine-year-old
Taylor DeBoer (Grand Marais, MN), was second in the 2 dog event, and Andrea
Jendro (Kimball, MN), also running her first race, was third.
Many of the trails were not only challenging with curves
and hills, but showcased some interesting sights, including army tanks,
helicopters, and even a practice Afghan “village” and prisoner of war camp
used for military reservists’ weekend war games. Many mushers also experienced
the wonder of “rendezvous road,” where teams from various classes merged and
negotiated passing head-on as well as from behind. There was not a mishap,
though, and everyone came through all the richer for the experience.
In accepting their awards, both Jamie Nelson and Dennis
Laboda stated that they each had covered many thousands of miles of sled dog
trails but the trails at Camp Ripley were by far best any they had been on.
They praised the race crews and event organizers, and Nelson expressed her
prediction as to the tremendous potential for this race. With 53,000 acres of
land, this piece of real estate of rolling hills, beautiful woodlands and
prairie along the Mississippi River, all courtesy and property of our US
government, begs to be utilized for programs like this race that outreach to
the larger community, outreach being one of Camp Ripley’s missions.
North Star Sled Dog Club is grateful to the people at
Camp Ripley for rolling out the red carpet for this race. North Star also
extends its thanks to the Bzdok families for their hard work in staging such a
prestigious event and the many supporters and sponsors for their contributions
that made the race possible. Neil Andersen and Sgt. Tony Housey, grandson of
former musher Betty Housey, graciously contributed their photographic talents
to taking some great pictures.
Mark your calendars for February 14-15, 2015, for the 3rd
Camp Ripley Winter Warriors Sled Dog Race!
The snow is falling, and it is cold! Winter has arrived!
Get ready for a season of fun and dog sledding!
Camp Ripley preparations for their Winter Warrior Race,
scheduled February 15-16, are well under way with excellent trails. This year
will see the addition of a 6-dog mid-distance event of 25 miles. There will not
be an 8-dog mid-distance but, instead a 10-dog mid-distance event of 50 miles.
The usual sprint class will run (10, 6, 4, junior 2 & 3) and the 1-2 dog
The Mid-MN 150 anticipates staging its twenty-sixth year
event with an 8 dog pro and 6 dog rec class. These events will begin in Remer,
MN, on February 8, 2014. Frazee, MN, will again host the Third
Crossing Rendezvous on February 22, 2014. This year they have added a 6 dog
A few races have fallen by the wayside. Eagle Trace
(Clearwater, MN), had to cancel out due to the inability to get enough miles for
even the shortest events. Only 2 miles could be had, a distance too short for
any class. The St. Paul Winter Carnival Race in White Bear Lake, MN, was unable
to get the crews together to plan the race and do fundraising.
NSSDC hopes to see you all on the trails. In the meantime,
we wish you all a happy holiday.
NSSDC Elects Officers
At its annual Fall Fun Run meeting October 19, 2013, NSSDC
members elected its partial slate of new officers. Lyman and Kris Wolske held
their positions as president and secretary, respectively. New to the board is
Allison Petell of Mazeppa, Minnesota, who comes on as the Junior Committee
Chair. Since NSSDC elects officers on a rotating basis, 2014 will see the
election of the treasurer and vice president’s positions.
Wolskes have been contributing their expertise and time to
the sport since 2002. Kris is the maker and shaker of the annual Fall Fun Run
and a past recipient of the Maeb Bayers Memorial Trophy while Lyman lends his
hand at the helm, steering the Club in the right direction. They have a kennel
of about twenty husky and hound mixed dogs. Lyman is the musher in the family,
competing in the limited classes. Their respective work schedules have kept them
out of Harm’s way, providing busy weeks and crowded itineraries. They live in
rural Hudson, WI, with their dogs. Their children are all grown and out of the
nest, but Kris and Lyman are proud grandparents.
Allison Petell is a relative newcomer to the sport. She and
husband Cory, “the love of my life,” live in the sleepy southeastern Minnesota
community of Mazeppa with their kennel of rescue dogs, mixtures of “traditional
Siberians, greyhounds, pointers, and unknowns – but all working breeds.” She
grew up in Rochester (MN), “packed myself and my pooch” and graduated from Mesa
State College in Colorado in biology and psychology and obtained her Masters in
psychology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. She went on to become
certified as a Medicolegal Death Scene Investigator, and is currently enrolled
in a Veterinary Technology certification program. Wow! This gal moves!
She was employed at the Mayo Clinic in the autopsy
department for years, leaving to pursue further education. Now “I am between
careers, shall we say,” she quips. Although NSSDC has but a fledgling junior
program, mainly due to a dearth of junior mushers, Allison has always been
anxious to work with kids, ever excited to teach newbies about sled dogs and the
sport. She has worked with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and is open to trying to
develop a program in mushing utilizing a badge award format, similar to the
North Star welcomes Allison and the continuing
contributions of the Wolskes to the working of the Club.
Bayers Memorial Trophy Awarded
NSSDC vice president Joe Fessler, of Chisago, MN, has been
awarded the 2013 Maeb Bayers Memorial Trophy. “It is an honor,” he stated.
Fessler comes to NSSDC as a skijorer originally and with a
kennel of Siberians, but he has also handled for distance mushers Blake and Jen
Frekking. This lad travels at 90 miles an hour. He not only holds down a busy
job as computer technologist but also has developed a hands-on program for
working with groups of Girl Scouts, “Experience Sled Dogs.” He comes to us with
a BS degree from the University of Minnesota in Computer Science and has been a
help to NSSDC in developing its online presence. He has put efforts into getting
the St. Paul Winter Carnival Race off the ground only to be thwarted by a lack
of snow… and, unfortunately, a lack of personnel.
Fessler further expanded on the honor of receiving this
award: “Not only does the award serve as an affirmation that my efforts have
been serving the interests of the club and its members, but I also feel
privileged to be included among the impressive list of past recipients. If there
is one thing all of those individuals have in common it is their ability to
motivate and inspire others to get excited about making our sport and our
community stronger. Accepting this award only serves to strengthen my resolve to
be such an inspiration for the North Star Club and its members.”
The Maeb Bayers Memorial Trophy is presented annually to a
NSSDC member who has made outstanding contributions to the Club and to the
sport. Bayers was an active NSSDC member in its infancy and contributed to its
growth and development as well as to the careers of several Midwest mushers of
the time. She was known for her knowledge of dogs/mushing, her kindness,
willingness to help, and her good sense. She died in January, 1977, of a brain
The Maeb Bayers Memorial Trophy was donated to NSSDC by
Marti and Dick Mackey, formerly of Bemidji, Minnesota, who were close friends of
Maeb’s. The trophy was first awarded in 1981 to Bob Jones of Cannon Falls,
Fall Fun Run 2013 Reminder/Save
This year’s Fall
Fun Run will be held October 19-20, 2013, in Mahtowa, MN.
Every year we have more fun than
the year before, and this year looks to be no exception to that rule. We always
get good training with the dogs, good food, great conversation and stories to be
told throughout the dog season and next year.
We are fortunate enough to once
again have our friend and world renowned vet, Jerry Vanek, willing to give up
his time to educate us on all things dog.
Back by popular demand is the
Swap/Sell/Trade event – so gather all things you want to swap, sell and trade
and load ‘em on the truck!
We will have an “event” or two to
keep things lively and as always – prizes. Who doesn’t love free stuff? We look
forward to seeing everyone. If you have any questions or concerns before the FFR,
join us on FB, check the TUGLINE or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the
drought ~ everyone will need to bring their own water!
2013 NSSDC Summer Meeting & Picnic
Brush up on your
brat manners! Tune up your vocal chords!
Relearn the fine
art of holding animated conversations with people rather than dogs!
Saturday, August 10, 2013
At Bob & Julie Bzdok’s home
613 – 135th St. NE, Rice, MN
Potluck lunch at
noon. NSSDC meeting at 1:00 PM.
Bring your own
brats or hamburger to grill. Bring a dish/salad to pass & buns & soda.
Camping will be
available. Bring your tent! There is plenty of room.
Have fun playing
volleyball, yard games, swimming or trampolining!
There is plenty to
keep young & old entertained in the day
& a fire pit to sit
around & tell stories at night!
320-393-4225 for directions or email email@example.com.
February 18, 2013
Camp Ripley Winter Warrior Sled Dog Races: Really
By Sally O’Sullivan
(February 18, 2013, Camp Ripley, MN) Camp Ripley and nature
rolled out the red carpet to stage a truly winter warrior’s sled dog race.
Twelve inches of new snow blanketed the mostly wooded trails along the
Mississippi River in a winter wonderland of beauty for the thirty teams that
entered to vie for the $1600+ in purse money. Camp Ripley lent its trail groomer
and personnel to the superb weekend to make for a very successful event, which
sported an 8-dog mid-distance class (37.1 miles), a 10-dog sprint class (10.2
miles), a 6-dog sprint class (5.7 miles), and the 4-dog sprint pro and
recreational classes (4.0 miles), 1-dog skijoring, and 2- and 3-dog youth
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Saturday saw
partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low teens. Sunday was warmer with
temperatures in the upper 20’s but damper with a good breeze. The trails were
well packed and harder on Sunday.
The longer trails had some challenging hills and curves as
well as some interesting sights along the way, including tanks, helicopters, and
even a practice Afghan “town” and prisoner of war camp used for military
reservists’ weekend war games. Other reservists could be seen practicing their
cross-country ski and snowshoe skills.
When all was said and done, Alex LaPlante of Esko, MN, took
home the trophy in the mid-distance class with a total time for the two days of
7:20:40.36 (hours, minutes, seconds, hundredths), besting second place Tim
Chisholm of North Branch, MN, whose time was 7:24:32.75. Linus Meyer of Melrose,
MN, placed third with a time of 7:36:25.33.
In the 10-dog sprint class, event organizer Bob Bzdok of
Rice, MN, copped the top honor with a total time of 1:13:40.00. Art Stoller from
Bagley, MN, took second place with a total time of 1:14:48.03. Bzdok had a
substantial lead after Saturday’s heat, but on Sunday his leader was reluctant
to get started, costing him almost two minutes. Coreene Hanson, Stoller’s
partner, took third place with a time of 1:25:23.42. Both Stoller and Hanson ran
only eight dogs, the “puppy brigade,” as they referred to them.
A small contingent of teams came in from the East en route
to the IFSS (International Federation of Sleddog Sports) World Championships in
North Pole, Alaska, to compete in the Winter Warrior’s limited classes. With
crack teams ready to vie with the best in the world, they showed their stuff by
impressive runs in the 6-dog and 4-dog classes. Grace Bailey of Stratford, NH,
bagged first place in the 6-dog class with a total time of 45:29.40. Sherry
Johnson of Fergus Falls, MN, carrying the Neal and Carolyn Johnson tradition of
great teams, logged in a second place time of 49:37.90. She also gave a superb
interview with a Brainerd television channel, there to record the events. Steve
Peterson, Backus, MN, took third place with a time of 1:19:09.12. Mention should
be made of competitor Allison Petell (Mazeppa, MN), whose kennel consists of
rescue dogs. Although she was not in the money, mushers commend her for her
efforts to rescue dogs suitable for the trails. Such an undertaking takes vim
and vigor … and lots of patience!
Grace Bailey again took the top honor in the 4-dog pro
class with a time of 19:29.21. Jordyn Bzdok of Rice, MN, turned a respectable
second place time of 20:07.49, and Lyman Wolske, NSSDC president from Hudson,
WI, placed third with a time of 20:55.77. In the 4-dog recreational class,
Sherry Johnson was again on the awards podium in first place with a time of
26:06.60, and Camille Haglin of Brainerd, MN, clocked in a time of 27:06.80 to
take second place. Brad LeBlanc from Little Falls, MN, took home the third place
trophy with a time of 31:11.91.
Mike Schultenover of Excelsior, MN, won the 1-dog skijoring
event, posting a time of 32:56.94. Nathalie Fortier of Loudon, NH, placed
second, clocking 35:30.65.
The Bzdok kids from Rice, MN, stole the show in the youth
classes. Jonathan ran the 2-dog, 4-mile trail in a total time of 27:20.62.
Jaymie covered the distance with her three dogs in 25:38.24. They exhibited a
friendly family rivalry as well as well wishes to each other. A gutsy
seven-year-old, Jonathan fears little and stops short of nothing on the trails,
but a howling wolf out on the trail will scare the devil out of him!
Rumors have circulated that Camp Ripley was already taking
stock of the trail map on Sunday morning for 2014 in an effort to improve the
layout and staging. They were very pleased with the event. Camp Ripley Post
Commander Col. Scott St. Sauver and Sgt. Tim Krouth, who worked directly with
North Star and Erin Lindquist and Bob Bzdok, paid their respects to the race.
Over the weekend, Camp Ripley also hosted the Annual Norwegian Soldiers Exchange
Program, and several participants came over the see the sled dog race.
North Star Sled Dog Club (NSSDC) extends its thanks to all
the personnel at Camp Ripley, especially Sgt. Tim Krouth and the trail groomer,
and to the many sponsors who contributed to the race. NSSDC also thanks the
officials and assistants: event organizers Erin Linquist and Bob Bzdok, race
marshal Sally O’Sullivan Bair, veterinarian Jerry Vanek, dog marker Jill Levene,
timer Lynn Congdon, chute judge Mike Congdon, announcer Chris Meyer, and trail
boss Brian Bzdok, and the myriad of other people who helped, among them the VFW
of Little Falls, which supplied the concessions. Don Deckert, Melissa Bloom, and
Stoffel Reitsma were available to give sled dog rides to anyone. Thanks!
Camp Ripley reports 12" of new snow after this past weekend's storm. Trails are
being groomed and looking good!
Sally O'Sullivan Bair
Entry deadline for the Camp Ripley Winter
Warrior Sleddog Race has been extended to Friday, February 15, 2013, 10:00 AM.
February 6, 2013
Camp Ripley Race Looking Good!
Erin Lindquist, race coordinator for the Camp Ripley Winter Warrior Sled Dog
Race, scheduled for February 16-17, 2013, at Camp Ripley, MN, is cautiously
optimistic that there will be sufficient snow cover for all classes of the race.
Not only is there enough (barely, though) on the ground now, but more
accumulation is expected in the next five days as well, and no significant melt
is in the forecast either. All appears good to go!
January 28, 2013
Due to lack of adequate snow, the St. Paul Winter
Carnival Sled Dog Race rescheduled for February 2-3, 2013, on Bald Eagle Lake in
White Bear Lake, MN, has been cancelled. Despite the new snow (3"), there is
still not enough to prepare a proper and safe trail on the lake.
January 21, 2013
Update: St. Paul Winter Carnival Sled Dog Race,
White Bear Lake, MN.
Due to lack of adequate snow, the St. Paul Winter
Carnival Sled Dog Race scheduled for January 26-27, 2013, on Bald Eagle Lake in
White Bear Lake, MN, has been postponed to February 2-3, 2013. A final decision
regarding snow decisions for the February date will be made Sunday, January
January 17, 2013
Update: St. Paul Winter Carnival Sled Dog Race,
White Bear Lake, MN.
Due to the lack
of sufficient snowfall following the recent warm conditions, the fate of this
year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival Sled Dog Race, scheduled for January 26-27,
2013, is in question. While ice thickness on Bald Eagle Lake (White Bear Lake,
MN) remains more than sufficient, the minimal snow cover will not support the
creation of a trail at this time.
A minimum of 3-4
inches of new snow will be needed in the upcoming few days in order for a safe
trail to be established on the lake. 5-8 inches will be required in order to
provide a trail surface which will secure a musher's snow hook, necessary to
anchor a team in place when stopped. For safety reasons, the 10-dog class will
be cancelled unless snow hooks can be set. All other classes will still take
place if a safe trail can be created which may or may not be able to secure a
The North Star
Sled Dog Club will be making a final decision on whether to postpone or cancel
the race on Sunday, January 20, 2013. The results of this decision will be
posted on the race website (www.wintercarnivalsleddograce.com),
the North Star Sled Dog Club’s website (www.nssdc.org),
Sled Dog Central (www.sleddogcentral.com),
and announced via standard media outlets.
all snowmobilers, plow truck drivers and
If the decision is made to go forward with the
race, the North Star club will need the help of the local community to establish
the trail. Please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer,
and help save this historic piece of the St. Paul Winter Carnival!
January 15, 2013
The Frazee (Minnesota) Third Rendezvous Sled Dog Race is being rescheduled
for Saturday, February 23, 2013. A lack of snow has made it necessary to move
the race from its originally scheduled date of January 19, 2013.
January 10, 2013
The St. Paul Winter Carnival Sled Dog Race will be graced
with the appearance of the Winter Carnival Royal Family, who will confer
knighthood on several attendees. The royals will be present at 3:00 PM on
Sunday, January 27, 2013. The race is scheduled for January 26-27, 2013, on Bald
Eagle Lake in the city of White Bear Lake, MN, a northern suburb of St. Paul.
December 18, 2012
Camp Ripley Winter Warrior Sled Dog Race:
Equipment requirements in the Mid Distance class: In addition to the equipment
required by the main North Star race rules, the following items are required
in the sled, or with the musher, on the race course of the mid-distance class:
*First aid kit,
*Wire cutters and/or knife,
*Set of booties for each dog.
November 20, 2012
From Sally O'Sullivan Bair
Entry forms for the 2013 races are now available. Click on the menu item in the
left column, "Race Entry Forms." As remaining forms come in, they will be
NSSDC Volunteers Needed
September 15, 2012
Volunteers are needed for the following North Star Sled Dog
Club events and activities.
Winter Carnival Race: If you or someone you know is
interested in helping with the planning and execution of the Winter Carnival
race, please let Sally Bair or Joe Fessler know. In addition, we are seeking
volunteers to be involved in the following events associated with the race:
Kids Mutt Race: NSSDC is still finalizing plans with
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet, but our hope is to have a number of events at
their store locations to promote the Kids Mutt Race. These events would involve
bringing dogs and equipment to walk families with children through everything
they will need to know to get themselves ready to participate in the Kids Mutt
Race. We plan to have a set “curriculum” developed by the time of the events.
Although the dates are not established at this time, please let Joe Fessler know
if you are interested in being involved. The Kids Mutt Race is usually for kids
Winter Carnival Parades: NSSDC would like to have
representation in one or both of the Winter Carnival parades this year.
Unfortunately, the daytime parade is typically the Saturday of our event.
However, it would be fantastic if we can find a few non-racing members to handle
this parade. The torch light parade is the following week during the evening
sometime. Please let Bob Bzdok or Joe Fessler know if you are interested in
being a part of the parade.
NSSDC Event at Infinite Campus: Joe Fessler’s work
has requested that the club come out this January on either the 3rd, 9th, or
10th during the work day to provide a brief talk on sled dogs and skijoring,
some demos, and a handful of dog sled rides for the top contributors to the
company’s Toys for Tots campaign. Please let Joe Fessler know if you are
interested in being involved in this event and which of the dates would work for
you. Note that the club will be receiving a donation from Infinite Campus for
providing the programming.
Girl Scout Events: Joe Fessler will be providing
educational dog sled programming to a number of Girl Scout groups again this
winter. He is looking for additional mushers to come and share their experiences
with the scouts. Fessler has structured programming, including hands on
activities, to be presented at these events. Please let him know if you are
interested in participating, and he will provide additional details and
Midwest Mountaineering Winter Expo, Nov. 16-18:
NSSDC will require a handful of volunteers to occupy the booth Friday November
16 through Sunday November 18 during Expo hours. This involves talking to
customers about the sport, the dogs, the club, upcoming events and promoting new
membership applications. Please let Joe Fessler know if you are able to help
Anti-Doping Training to
September 15, 2012
Federation of Sleddog Sports) secretary general Sally O’Sullivan Bair will
tentatively be offering training for those interested in the IFSS canine
anti-doping protocols. Bair is the only IFSS certified canine anti-doping
official in North America. This two-day, weekend seminar will be offered in
cooperation with the University of Minnesota Veterinary School.
The training will take place on the St. Paul campus,
probably sometime in April, 2013. Dr. Jerry Vanek, DVM, will also present a
short workshop to the vet students on doing race vet checks.
Bair has been in contact with Megan Pratt, Pre-Veterinary
Club President at the University vet school. Pratt has expressed interest on the
part of several of the vet students in such a training seminar and workshop.
The seminar is open to any interested person. One need not
be a veterinarian or a vet student or a pharmacist or physician to attend (Bair
is none of these!). Anyone wishing to participate in this valuable and
interesting weekend seminar is asked to email Bair at
NSSDC Elects New Officers
September 15, 2012
This year, the positions of vice president and treasurer
and the adult youth committee chair were up for election on the staggered
schedule of officer elections. Joe Fessler was re-elected to the position of
vice president. He was installed in this position last year as a result of the
then vice president, Lyman Wolske, being elected to the presidency. Julie
Schmelzer, a relative newcomer to NSSDC circles, was elected to be the new
treasurer. In that there were no nominees to accept the position, the Adult
Youth Committee Advisor remains vacant.
Vice president Joe Fessler’s involvement in the operation
of mushing organizations is the next step in his goal of supporting the sled dog
community and educating the broader public about the sport. Through his passion
for mushing and his innovative ideas, he hopes “to contribute energy and promote
collaboration amongst the various groups involved in the mushing community.”
He became involved in our sport around 2005 or 2006 with
his Siberians in the skijoring events, where he has garnered many accolades.
This young man lives life at 90 miles an hour. He is a board member of Mushing
USA and a founding board member of Skijor USA. With a B.S. Degree in Computer
Science, he is currently employed as senior software engineer. He is the founder
of Experience Sled Dogs, an organization that provided a sled dog program for
141 girls of the Rum River Girl Scouts. Joe has been an integral member of the
NSSDC race committee, lending his energy and expertise to, especially, the St.
Paul Winter Carnival race. Fessler lives in Chisago City, MN, with his kennel of
Siberian husky dogs.
NSSDC’s new treasurer Julie Schmelzer lives in Kimball, MN.
She has been around the sport for thirteen years, mainly in the mid-distance
classes. Schmelzer loves the outdoors, especially hiking, canoeing and camping.
Although she received her education in recreational leadership and American Sign
Language, which she freelances at, her true calling is for the outdoors. Her
interests in hiking took her to Kenya, Africa, to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2009
with three other women. The climb took five days of hiking and camping. “The
views were awesome.”
Back at home she resides with her hubby and her Siberians,
which she races in the mid-distance classes. She especially enjoys the sport or
rec class. Her next adventure? Only she knows!
August 22, 2012
–At its Summer meeting and picnic on August 11, 2012, NSSDC elected
new officers. Elected were:
Vice President: Joe Fessler
Treasurer: Julie Schmelzer