by Sally O’Sullivan Bair
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.
This year’s Fall Fun Run will be held October 19-20, 2013, in Mahtowa, MN.