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Sixth graders getting one more shot on snow, Marshall School, April 19, 2018 (Photo: David Johnson)

Morning crust ski at Hiawatha, April 19, 2018 (Photo: Charlie Casserly)

Swedetown, April 18, 2018 (Photo: Liz Siivola)

Birkie trail, April 17, 2018 (Photo: Carolyn Senty)

Snowflake, April 17, 2018 (Photo: John Graham)

Caitlin Gregg, April Classic Loppet, April 16, 2018

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December 4, 2011
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Weekend Skiing and Trail Reports
April 19, 2018
Still plenty of good skiing to be found this weekend. New reports from Theodore Wirth North(4), Birkie(2), Hyland Lake(2), French(2), Piedmont, Como GC, Iola Winter Sports, Hiawatha GC, Brown Deer, Minocqua Winter, Snowflake, and recent reports from Hyland Lake(2), Hiawatha GC, Essex, French(3), Snowflake, Theodore Wirth North(6), Hornet Hiihto(2), Greenbush(2), Maplelag, Highland 9-hole GC, Minocqua Winter(3), Valley Spur, Pattison SP, Maasto Hiihto, Hormel Nature, Nashotah, Birkie, Timberland Hills, Tower Ridge, Swedetown, Marshfield School Forest, Brown Deer, Fort Snelling SP, Iola Winter Sports, Lake Elmo, William O'Brien SP, Reforestation Camp, North End.

Minnesota High School Coaches Association Spring Meeting Saturday
April 19, 2018
The annual spring meeting of the Minnesota high school coaches association is this Saturday, April 21st, in Mora.
MN High School Association Spring Meeting Revised Agenda

BNS: Spring Sale
April 19, 2018
BNS has Spring Sale pricing on boots, skis, poels and clothing going on now through May 1st. Free stonegrind and hot box with hand-selected previous model skis.

Hoigaards: Bike and Boat Swap, April 20-22
April 18, 2018
Swap your old gear for something new! This is your chance to sell your bike, canoe or kayak to earn credit to buy a new bike or boat at Hoigaard's, April 20-22, as well as great deals on used equipment. Plus, save up to 15% on select boats and all boat accessories through Sunday, April 29.

Web Roundup
April 17, 2018
Moving Forward - Nordic Combiner Adam Loomis is retiring from competition and explains his decision.
Classic Rollerskiing - Gear West's Jan Guenther explains the benefits and potential issues with classic rollerskiing.
Director Harris - Star Tribune featured the Loppet Foundation's Andy Harris who runs the Loppet adventure camps.
Catch Up - Team USA reports on Jessie Diggins whirlwind life after winning the Team Sprint gold medal with Kikkan Randall.
Jessie at the Capitol - A number of local TV stations had coverage of Jessie Diggins at the Minnesota Capitol including KARE11 and WCCO 4 as well as local papers like the Pioneer Press.
Ice Out Not - The cold weather in April may have a huge impact on the Minnesota fishing opener in May.

Pioneer Midwest: Snowpocalypse Ski Sale
April 16, 2018
Pioneer Midwest says: When you get 20 inches of snow in April there is only one thing you can do. Get outside and enjoy it! To honor the snowstorm they are having a special snowpocalypse sale on Salomon Escape 5 Grip Skis, Salomon Equipe 9 Classic boots, and Access Classic Bindings.

New Job Openings
April 16, 2018
Madison Nordic Ski Club is seeking candidates for Head Coach/Program Director and the Birkie is searching for a bookkeeper/finance manager.

April Classic Loppet Coverage
April 16, 2018
Over 50 skiers turned out Monday morning at Theodore Wirth for the short-notice April Classic Loppet, hosted by the Loppet Foundation with support from Pioneer Midwest. A 3.3K loop was freshly groomed with two best of line classic tracks for the event as temperatures were in the mid 20s. Brian Gregg blasted off the front of the pack, doubling to victory with Matt Liebsch collecting second and Alex Reich third. Caitlin Gregg was fourth overall and the top female with Jenny Beckman second followed closely by Kasia Bednarski for third.

MNSA 2018 Nordic Skiing Awards
April 15, 2018
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association held their annual Awards program on April 8th in Mora. Review the award winners and some photos from the event.

Continental: Annual Spring Bike Swap
April 15, 2018
Continential is hosting their annual spring Bike Swap this coming weekend, April 21-22. One of their biggest events of the year, find great deals on used bikes, and/or bring your own to sell!

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Celebration Coverage
April 14, 2018
A big day Saturday as historic snowfall fell across the state which didn't stop most people from turning out for a morning parade in Stillwater and then a record crowd for the Welcome Home Celebration in the afternoon. Chad Salmela was on hand to MC the event and recall his experience from the Olympics and high school coach and best friend Kris Hanson was there to introduce Diggins. Diggins gave an excellent recap on her season and shared her Olympic moments. The event wrapped up with a photo session and posters.
Photoset: Stillwater Parade - 27 photos, Welcome Home Celebration - 62 photos

Jessie Diggins at Podiumwear
April 13, 2018
Podiumwear and Jessie Diggins celebrated incredible season and Olympic gold medal on Friday at the Podiumwear headquarters in St. Paul. Reid Lutter showed off one of the new designs for the season, spoke in-depth on Jessie's achievements and their relationship with the products, and gave a tour of the operations. Diggins signed posters and shared her gold medal with numerous photo ops.
Saturday Diggins will be honored in an outdoor parade in downtown Stillwater followed in the afternoon with an indoor celebration in Oakdale -- the public is encouraged to attend both events!
Photoset: 47 photos

Jessie Diggins at the Capitol
April 12, 2018
Jessie Diggins was honored for her achievements this season by the Minnesota legislature on Thursday afternoon at the State Capitol. It also provided an opportunity to gather support for the Battle Creek Winter Recreation project, as well as a possible World Cup bib for 2020!
Photoset: 19 photos

Madshus: Skin Ski Revolution
April 12, 2018
Svein Ivar Moen, the former Norwegian national biathlon team wax tech, personal wax tech for Ole Einar Bjørndalen and product developer at Madshus, is certain that we have only seen the start of the skin ski revolution.

Finn Sisu: Spring Cleaning Sale and More
April 11, 2018
Finn Sisu has a Spring Cleaning sale going on, featuring a bunch of closeout skis, wax, and clothing, including some Yoko bike clothes. Also, spring and summer training programs are now open, and Olympic coach Jason Cork will be speaking at 6:30 pm on Wed, April 25th.

Web Roundup
April 10, 2018
Season Endured - Jake Brown his final month of racing action and reflects on some of the lessons learned.
Project Norway Now - Paul Schommer musings on the recent biathlon tour of Norway with Jake Brown and Max Durtschi.
Midwest Shines - A season of top performances from Olympic, Paralympic and elite skiers is highlighted in Silent Sports.
Survey Says - CAMBA is asking cyclists to take a survey to help improve the trails and services provided.
Velodrome - The NSC Velodrome is scheduled to come down after 2019, but organizers are hoping to build a new indoor facility with community support.
Hot Air - One study finds bathroom hand dryers may actually spread more germs than towels.
Old Snow - A Three Rivers Park District video from six years ago, featuring the snowmaking operations at Elm Creek.

Endurance United and Finn Sisu Adult Programming Announced
April 10, 2018
Ahvo Taipale, Owner of Finn Sisu, and John Richter, Executive Director of Endurance United, are pleased to announce the formation of combined Adult/Masters Nordic Training programs for the upcoming season. Programs include both year-round and fall/winter training groups.
Endurance United Training Programs

2018 Collegiate Tally Board
April 10, 2018
We've started up the 2018 collegiate tally board. Find out where some the seniors are going to be racing next season, and let us know your plans!

Borah Epic Registration Filling Fast
April 9, 2018
While the recent snowstorm blanketed the Midwest, race organizers at the Borah Epic are crossing the two-month to-go mark for the annual single track challenge through the Wisconsin northwoods and registration is filling fast.

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