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Oct 11, 2012, 10:58 am

            West Yellowstone Ski Camp

                          Hosted by Duluth East Nordic Ski Team

Nov. 16-24 in West Yellowstone, Montana

The 2012 trip info is now posted .  Sign up early to reserve your spot!   Don't miss out on a fantastic opportunity to get your early ski k's on!


  We keep going back (year # 5) because -everything- from the crazy bus ride to the great skiing to the new people we meet, it is a ski event you want to be a part of!


  Many other skiers - from several northern schools participate- Ely, Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Brainerd, Two Harbors, etc. 


Parents- you are welcome to come too. 


Check out the link below for all the necessary forms. 

2012 West Yellowstone Forms


Here is a link to the WY Ski Festival Website:




If you have any questions, let me know. 


** More info to come on our first team meeting at Giant's Ridge, along with info meetings at E-G, VA, ME high school **


See you on the trails.




Oct 7, 2012, 2:16 pm



ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team

Fall Magazine Recycle Drive


Help the Mesabi East / Virginia / Eveleth-Gilbert Nordic Ski Team collect 12,000 pounds of Magazines to Recycle. Anything "glossy" is acceptable - magazines, catalogs, flyers, etc. Visit your library, schools, dentist, physician, neighbor to collect magazines!



More poundage = more wax, ski trips, accessories!


Call Peggy at 865-6226 if you have any questions.



Drop Off locations & times:


Sunday, Oct. 14th: Virginia Mall Parking Lot (by Village Inn) 1-3 pm

Aurora Community Center Parking Lot 3-5 pm


at the Johnson's - anytime during the week of Oct. 7-13th.

Sep 20, 2012, 11:07 am

Congratulations to Mesabi East's swimmer / nordic ski team member - HAILEE JOFS !


Hailee was nominated this past week for the Mesabi Daily News  "Athlete of the Week" for her strong early season performances in the pool.  Keep rockin' those times Hailee!



Recently, I also had the pleasure of watching many of the ME / VA / E-G skiers in action in one single afternoon...


Last Thursday, at the Eveleth-Gilbert CC Invitational, I got to see Stephanie,Juliana, Reed, Simon, Sam, Ryan, Josh, Ian, Sophie, & Leila all run great races.  Nice outcomes for all of you- Good job!  (even that 6k race guys!)


Then back to the Mesabi East pool to take in the dual swim meet against Virginia. Lots of ski ladies shining at that event!  Way to go Rachel K, Emma H, Kaitlyn B, Anna & Hailee!  


To all of you fall athletes ..... Keep working hard!  


 And - as 3 time Minnesota State Nordic Ski Champion, now US Ski Team Member,  Jessie Diggins says... 




See you on the trails.




Jul 30, 2012, 10:41 am


FP 5K- 4 of the top 5 Male Finishers! Great job guys!!




A huge shout-out of THANKS!! to all the ski families that joined in the Fisherman's Pt. 5K race fun! This race couldn't happen without all the great support that you provide every 4th Saturday in July. From set-up & registration, to course marshalls, timing, results & tear down, you guys are first rate volunteers- THANKS again for making this race a succcessful fundraiser for our team!


We had 240 runners & walkers in the 5k run/walk division, and 28 kids running in the 1/2 mile fun run. Great job to our local skiers who ran the race: Paul, Nate, Spencer, Emma G., Isaac, Simon, Leila, Sophie, Bennett & Drew. I know many of you wanted to run but couldn't because of injury or illness, but remember there are a few more local races coming up this month that you can test your fitness levels with! Find them at www.northlandrunner.com. (The "SISU" in Brimson is a favorite of many nordic skiers...)


Check this link out for lots of great FP 5K photo's from the race. THANKS ADAM! http://www.facebook.com/StainigerPhotography?ref=stream


More THANKS!! go out to our alumni / summer ski coaches that gave their time & talent to our training program.

Glen, Kellen & Nick- you guys rock- and we all loved having you around to guide us! Good luck - as you all move into the fall season in your college and work careers.


We have a Bike Ride Today- Mon. July 30th- that was rescheduled from last week. Meet at the YMCA at 4pm. Bring money for the DQ stop! We will also be discussing this week's final summer team goal- the Mesabi Trail Bike Tour- and get our plans together for this day of riding. I hope everyone got a chance to read the motivating article about the Mesabi Trail Tour in the July 29th edition of the Mesabi Daily News. It is really an awesome, fun and super-organized event!


The start of the fall sports season is approaching quickly. Good Luck to all of you- whether it is running on the golf courses, following that line on the bottom of the pool, tearing up the soccer fields or making that play in the football stadium.... GIVE IT YOUR ALL... and NOTHING less!


See you on the trails.




Week 6 Summer Training, FP 5K, Mesabi Trail Tour, BBQ
Jul 24, 2012, 9:22 am

Our second (summer) team goal is approaching this week, which coincides with one of our team fundraisers- the Fisherman's Point 5k Run & Walk, this Saturday, July 28 in Hoyt Lakes. Find all the details by clicking on the FP 5k tab on the menu.

Fee for all 2011/2012 team members is $ 10.00. (register Fri or Sat).

Parents, please arrive by 7 am on Saturday for race day duties.

The Mesabi Trail Bike Tour is coming up quickly too-Saturday, August 4. All team members ride FREE, and if your parents want to ride, they can register for 1/2 price - $ 20.00. Ardy (tour director) is giving our team a huge discount! THANKS ARDY!!

My family & I will be biking from the starting stage - Grand Rapids to Virginia, (the finish). Join us or jump in at any of the other listed places. Remember this is a tour, with lots of rest stops -where you'll find food, beverages, entertainment & even kayaking & swimming! More info. to come later in the week.



Monday, July 23: rest day

Tuesday, July 24: 4-6 pm. Roller Ski- Classic

Wednesday, July 25: 4-6 pm, Biking-Meet at YMCA

Thursday, July 26: 4-6 pm, Roller Ski -Skate

This is the final "official" week of our summer program. Stay tuned for the end-of-summer BBQ, run & swim at Mcarthy Beach State Park.

See you on the trails & See you Saturday!


Week 5
Jul 13, 2012, 11:18 pm
Another week has come and gone! The kayak & swim was great recovery for a hot, muggy, buggy trail run, and 22 HILLY miles was an accomplishment that you should all be proud of! Keep up the roller-skiing & watch out for that asphalt.... This next week will be a quiet one, lots of folks are out of town. No roller skiing or bike sessions. Week 5 : Monday July 16: Mesabi East Pool parking lot. 4-5:30. Running the local ski trails. Bring a friend or two! Cj

WEEK 4 Summer Training
Jul 6, 2012, 1:37 pm

Nice to see lots of team members over the 4th! Good job to all that participated in the local festival events - there was lots of parade action that consisted of many ski team members in the marching bands, flag & shield shows, & even a 5K race. Hope you are all rested up for ... week 4 of training! New this week- KAYAKING! And, don't forget those WATER BOTTLES !!


(SKI POLE) FERRULES for roller skiing are in. I have many pairs- get your poles fitted with the right tips. $ 20.00 per set. Don't know how to switch them out? Check out this video on YOU TUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhGXoKWeYTQ : Roller Ski Ferrules Replacing Ski Pole Baskets and Installing


Here is this week's plan. Check the calendar for updates also.


MONDAY, JULY 9: 4-6 pm, Trail Run & Kayak at Giant's Ridge. Bring your swim suit too.


TUESDAY, JULY 10: 3-5 pm, Roller Ski- Classic. Bring your skate skis, if you don't have Classic skis. Place to be determined.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 11: 4-6 pm, Biking. Meet at Mesabi East Pool parking lot. Bike the Mesabi Trail / Voyageurs Retreat area.


THURSDAY, JULY 12: 4-6 pm, Roller Ski- Skate. Place to be determined.

WEEK 3 Summer Training
Jun 24, 2012, 8:59 pm

MIDNIGHT SUN RUN 5K = success! We had perfect conditions for a late night race and joined 650 other runners for a fun event. This race was a first for some of our skiers, and in the end we all enjoyed running along the BIG LAKE. Good job to Spencer, Ryan, Stephanie, Tim, Anna, Sam, Drew, Bennett, Sarah & Maddie. A night some of us won't forget in awhile! ( Just ask Sarah "KEY" Peterson! :)


We are on to WEEK 3 of our summer training, and the weather looks like it will cooperate for everything lined up. Remember, no training sessions the week of July 1-8th. Week 4 will resume on Monday, July 9th.



Monday, June 25th: 4-6 pm. TRAIL RUN - Big Aspen Trails with a Pit-Stop at the DQ after. Carpool froom Mesabi East- 3:25. Lucky Seven in Biwabik- 3:30. Meet at the YMCA at 4pm, then head to the the trails. Bring water bottle and money for DQ.


Tuesdsay, June 26th: 3-5 pm. ROLLER SKI. Embarrass boat landing. Classic. Bring Skate if you don't have classic.


Wednesday, June 27th: 4-6pm. BIKING. Mckinley / Hutter Mesabi Trail Head. (Hwy 20 & 135 intersection). BRING YOUR SWIMSUIT !


Thursday, June 28th: 4-6pm. ROLLER SKI. Skate. Olcott Park, Virginia. Meet by the History center.

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