The North Star Sled Dog Club, Inc. was founded in the early 1960s by an enterprising group of avid mushers, spearheaded by Mabell Hill, who is often referred to as the "Godmother of Minnesota Mushing." In those early days most Minnesota mushers had teams of Siberian huskies, and many of their weekends were spent at Hill's farm in rural St. Paul. In 1963 this elite group helped stage the first St. Paul Winter Carnival sled dog races.
North Star was formally incorporated by Minnesota state statutes in 1965 with Don Gale as its first president.
North Star Sled Dog Club (NSSDC) sanctions several sled dog races during the winter months in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Manitoba and Ontario in Canada.
NSSDC is a member of the International Sled Dog Racing Association (ISDRA) and Mushing USA, the United States governing body of sled dog sports. MUSA is the national federation member of the International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS), the World governing body of sled dog sports.
The Tugline is published four times a year with articles on dog sledding and race information, along with meeting minutes, ballots, legislative updates and other news of club importance. For more information on The Tugline click here.