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2014 Maeb 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 tumor.

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, Minnesota.

by Sally O’Sullivan Bair

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 Scout programs.

North Star welcomes Allison and the continuing contributions of the Wolskes to the working of the Club.

Fall Fun Run 2013 Reminder/Save the Date See you there!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the drought ~ everyone will need to bring their own water! 

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:

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