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Every year the John Beargrease Sled Dog

2/4/08 – Every year the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon passes through our area. The Sawbill Trail checkpoint is 18 miles south of us and is an important way-point in the race. Dog teams stop to rest and eat, tired mushers get a little sleep and hundreds of spectators take it all in. As part of this year’s press coverage the Duluth News Tribune published pictures from the past twenty years, including the shot below of Cindy Hansen, who ran the Sawbill checkpoint for a couple of years back in the ’80s. Thanks to Mary Black from Hovland for spotting the picture and calling it to our attention. – Bill
Cindy Hansen surveys the facilities at the Sawbill checkpoint back in the ’80s.