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Magazines, Summer Training, Midnight Sun Run, Mesabi Trail Tour, FP 5K
May 5, 2012, 5:02 pm
We exceeded our goal!
This was the final outcome after the "big" drop-off on April 30th. All of this means ... $ 1320.00 for our team account.

THANK YOU to Tom & Lisa Krog, Peggy Giese, & Keith & Sam Johnson for loading, unloading, loading, unloading.... and to all who collected and dropped off magazines for our team. This fundraiser has been well received by many people and we'll fine tune things to keep it going!

Some (pre) summer planning is underway, and the details for the summer training program will be provided soon. In the meantime, check out this site: www.northlandrunner.com for lots of summer fun!

Up front though, are a few goals that you many want to put on your calendar.... get your teammates together, lace up your running shoes and get your bike tuned up!

The MIDNIGHT SUN RUN - Friday, June 22, at midnight. We are going to run this fun event, and we will take as many skier / runners as possible. Parents, siblings, everyone is welcome to join us! Register ASAP, as the race only takes 650 entries. Transportation details will follow in June. Here is the website: http://www.midnightsunmidnightrun.com/5k/Midnight_5K.html

Mesabi Bike Trail Tour - Sat. Aug. 4. Bike the fantastic Mesabi Trail! There are many starting points with distances ranging from 13-64
miles. If you haven't done this tour before you are missing out on one of the Range's best bike rides! Rest stops (many) with food / beverages, along with entertainment, kayaking, swimming are all on the route. At the end, a BBQ picnic and outdoor concert complete the day. Let's ride together! More info on this great outing can be found at: http://www.mesabitrail.com/great-river-energy.

Fisherman's Pt. 5K - Sat. July 28. You know the drill for this one. A fundraiser for our team, and another way to keep putting those miles in. Download some flyers and give them to your running buddy's, coaches, etc. Pin them up at school and around town. Discounted fee for our team members.

See you on the running/bike trails!


Support a SKIER! Save a TREE!
Apr 16, 2012, 2:29 pm

Our 3rd magazine drive is cumulating this Friday! Hopefully all your neighbors, relatives and friends have been saving lots of glossy items for our team pick-up.


If you haven't already, make a last stop or call to your local dentist, health facility, library, school, etc. to increase our poundage of literature, while padding our booster account.




- someone to sit at the Aurora Community Center on Friday, from 4-6 pm. I will be out of town, and cannot fill this time slot afterall. A truck / trailer will be available for drop-off. Sam Johnson will fill in my other position from 6-8 in Biwabik.


- signs for the Virginia / Gilbert drop-off. Just something simple but large, to alert people where the trailer is.







Aurora: Community Center 4-6pm. ( ??) Virginia: mall / Village Inn parking lot: 4-6pm (Tom Krog)

Biwabik: St. John's Parking lot 6-8pm. (Sam J) Gilbert: DeCare Dental parking lot, 6-8 pm (Tom K.)


Email or call me if you can help out with the Aurora gig and the signs.


Thanks to Tom & Lisa Krog for chairing this fundraiser again!


It was lots of fun to see so many of our skiers (running) at the track meet last week! Keep up the good work!!












Feb 18, 2012, 4:44 pm

March 20, 2012


SKIERS showing up at the end-of -the season ski banquet in.... SHORTS! Weird, but kind of nice! It was a wonderful time to see everyone again, and to reminisce about the 2011/12 ski season. We had success in many many meaningful ways!

My THANKS for a terrific evening of awards, conversation &...

THANKS to all the parents who provided such a variety of good food!

THANKS to Jack for providing our team with USSA information and some history about Giant's Ridge!

THANKS to the "senior skiers" for the terrific picture collage!

THANKS to Dale & Sally Zamlen for their support and presence surrounding the "Dan Zamlen Memorial Scholarship".

THANKS to Jake Dahl for putting together our ski video! (check out You Tube in a couple of weeks)

THANKS to Jody Guy-Krulc and Joyce Holmes for their banquet expertise and to all those that lent a hand throughout the evening!

THANKS to the new ski booster board- for committing to next season's adventure!

THANKS to John Filander & Pepsi Deb Maki for all their contributions / help at our meets, practices, etc.


THANKS to all of you skiers & coaches for a fantastic ski season!

Continue the friendships and camaraderie with your teammates while having fun & getting in shape for the 2012/13 ski season….and your fall sport!

A SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM is in the works. Check back in May for more details. Only 235 more days till our (next) first practice!!

And .... best wishes for success in all your spring endeavors!

See you on the (running) trails!







It was a busy final week for the ski team!


Here is a re-cap of what happened!!


THURS. 2/16 : The STATE meet was exciting! CONGRATS !! to Sam J. for his wonderful performance- a 38th place finish-a huge step forward from last year’s 85th spot! And a last-call to the speller / skier on our team, who placed 4th at the Bee- GREAT JOB- EMMA! Emma will move on to the next level, on March 1st. A fine day (all-around)skiers!

Along with the STATE Meet event- I want to say “Thanks” to all the fan support at Giant’s Ridge at the STATE Meet too. It was fun to see so many fellow team members, students, parents, and teachers take part in what us skiers enjoy..!


WED. 2/15: We kicked things off with a STATE send -off / Pep Fest at Mesabi East to honor Sam & Emma. It was a fantastic showing and (hugely proud) moment for this coach to present our 3 school team to the students and staff at Mesabi East. Our skiers looked awesome in their team jackets, as they lined up across the gym! Posters were made by the pep club, each school song was played, and all of our skiers were introduced. Sam & Emma then had their own spot-light! Another great job skiers! THANK YOU for YOUR support!!

Then the CHARLIE BANK’s RELAYS started at 1pm at Giant’s Ridge, with our two teams of 4: one for the guys, and one for the gals. We were about half-way on the result list, for 40 teams. Drew, Bennett, Simon & Austin placed at 21, while the gals – Anna, Emma H, Stephanie & Juliana took 22. These relays are always a fun lead up to the STATE meet! Check out the skier’s t-shirts from this event…. “Got Snow?” is printed on the back- and I believe that was the theme to our ski season too!


TUES. 2/14: This day was our final ski season practice- where we brought back the annual “HOT DOG / SMORE’ ROAST “ at Trapper Creek Cabin- the shelter between the Biwabik Spur & Oslo Trails. One of the big perks of the season- to ride the chairlift up – was welcomed by everyone. BUT, we still have to ski quite a ways to the shelter, and then back down to the chalet! A warm fire & roasting sticks awaited our team, thanks to Kim Norman & Jack Greenlee. After a filling snack of smores & dogs, the team got down to business with a mean game of Red Rover. (we start & end the season with this name- calling event) Coach Mariah & her husband Josh, were popular - going back & forth between the gals & guys teams. It was a terrific ending to our daily practice schedule, and thanks to all who made the adventure to the cabin. (Only 268 more days (as of 2/18) till next ski season!?!)


MON. 2/13: Super fast performances by our young and upcoming skiers at the JH / JV Championships on Monday, Feb. 13th! Some of our skiers lost out to first place finishes by one-tenth of a second… The course at Spirit Mtn. was again very challenging and we hope not to visit this venue next year!


RESULTS & PICS & VIDEOS: from this past week at www.boreal.org/~durfee, and www.skinnyski.com, and I have updated the photo gallery. Check out your FAVORITE SKI TEAM MEMBERS!



The Mesabi East-Virginia-Eveleth/Gilbert Nordic Ski Banquet will be held:
Sunday, Feb 26 at 5 pm at the Biwabik Pavilion in Biwabik!!!

This is a celebration of the awesome ski season and to recognize the 6 graduating seniors from our team . .
Jake Dahl, Austin Dane, Drew Johnson, Bennett Maki, Austin Peterson and Austin Sowers.
(Last year was the 3 Sam's, this year the 3 Austin's!)

This banquet is a wonderful array of Organized Potluck dishes!

If your last name begins with:
A - J Bring a Main Dish
K - R Bring Salad
S - Z Bring Dessert

Heather Jones will bring a gallon of milk!!!
Coffee and Juice will be provided.

+ If you have photos from the ski season, please bring them with to share memories of the season.

+ If you would like to help with set-up at 4 PM or decorating please contact me or Joyce Holmes.

+ There will be a SHORT PARENT'S MEETING following the banquet to elect officers for next year.
Jody Guy-Krulc is concluding her 2 years of service as President of the ME Nordic Booster Club
so let her know if you would like to fill this position. We also need a VP and secretary.

Hope to see some of you at the State Nordic race tomorrow or at "Book Across The Bay" in Ashland on Saturday.

It has been WONDERFUL to meet, greet and work the races with all of you! What a Great Bunch of BOOSTERS!!!

Jody Guy-Krulc
ME Nordic Booster President

Section Wrap-up, JH / JV Championships, HOT DOG & SMORES, Last practices....
Feb 10, 2012, 8:15 pm

The section meet brought us many great results and end-of-the-season, personal bests!



Congratulations to "Sam Johnson" and "Emma Greenlee" for their acquired State Berths! Placing second and fifteenth, these two skiers will race in the State Meet on Thursday at Giant’s Ridge, against the best of the best throughout Minnesota.  Good Luck!!   Congratulations also to our boys & girls teams, who placed 3rd and 4th respectively- out of 11 schools- you know how to ski fast too! All of the dedicated hours put forth from November 15th, has paid off in several meaningful ways, that I believe, everyone on our team can relate to.  It was an exciting day of racing! Get all the details at www.skinnyski.com – under the Section 7 headline. Lots of great pics of our skiers too! (thanks Ron!)



On Monday, the Jr. High & Jr. Varsity will show their side of skiing with the Championships at Spirit Mtn. in Duluth. The Jr. High will compete against their own grade levels, while the JV skiers are comprised 11th & 12th level skiers. This is a skate race held on part of the alpine course.   I know these skiers will load up the podiums and bring home lots of hardware too!  


MYSL update: I have receivd notice that there will not be any MYSL ski lessons on Sunday, Feb. 19th, due to the Presiden'ts Weekend Holiday.  For the skiers who have signed up for this day, please change your date to either: Sunday, Feb. 12 or Sunday, Feb. 26th.   


Here is the outline for the team’s last week of practices & meets:


  • ·         Monday, 2/13- JH/JV Championships at Spirit Mtn &

                 practice for those skiing the CB relays or State Meet                                   


  • ·         Tuesday, 2/14 last practice for all team members & uniform turn-in  day &  HOT DOG ROAST & SMOR’E’s at Trapper’s Creek Cabin. Ride the chairlift up to the Summit, ski the Bronze to Trapper’s Creek. Or – SKI all the way- there!   *Bring your own beverage*


   *** Please return all uniforms on this day unless you are racing on Wed. or Thurs., or skiing on Sat. at Book Across the Bay ***


  • ·         Wed, 2/15Pep Fest at Mesabi East, (tentative) 8:15. Hoping to have all skiers-from E-G & VA & ME in attendance. Working on transportation details with EG/VA schools. This is a fun send-off for our State skiers, and a great way to show off our whole team at Mesabi East !!  

-  Charlie Bank’s Relays- 1pm at Giant’s Ridge.         


  • ·         Thurs. 2/16 STATE MEET - 10:00 Giant’s Ridge.  Come to cheer & support Sam & Emma if you can!

Upcoming for the SKI TEAM - week of Feb 6-10, & "THE BOOK"
Feb 5, 2012, 11:55 pm

What a great day for our young men & women at the Cook County Invite on Friday!   The guys brought home a 3rd place trophy, while the gals took 5th overall. This race was the final “tune-up” before the Section race, for our Varsity skiers to see where they stand with their competitors – on an individual and team basis.  Many of our skiers participated in their first ever pursuit race, which consisted of a different course on the Pincushion Trails for both the skate (5.3k) & classic (5.6k) races.   Our teams were determined to (out ski) some other schools, and they did. They also received many compliments on their “new” uniforms.   Our team looked good! A video re-cap of the race can be found at www.wtip.org, while results are online at www.boreal.org/~durfee.





New Uniform Care: Wash in cold water. Do not wash with team warm-up pants. The velcro can attach to the lycra fabric easily and cause pilling. Do not dry in the dryer. HANG DRY. These 2 piece suits are very expensive. Let’s get many many years out of them!


As we look to our BIG DAY … the Section 7 MEET.

-          Monday, Feb. 6 – Classic. Work on Section Course. Time Trials for those not attending Friday’s race. Section teams to be determined.

-          Tuesday, Feb. 7- Classic.

-          Wed. Feb. 8- Wax & Team dinner.

-          Thursday. Feb 9- Section Meet . First race is at 10:00 am. Skiers need to be at GR at 8:00 am.



Next week will also be very busy as we have the :


Jr High & JV Championships on Monday, 2/13; (place yet to be determined)

the Charlie Bank’s Relay’s – two (2 x 4) relay teams, on Wed. 2/15;

and the STATE MEET on Thurs. 2/16.

That’s it- for the season!



With that in mind, some ski fun is in the works….



There has been lots of interest from skiers to attend the “Book Across the Bay” event again this year in Ashland, WI.   The date is Sat. Feb. 18, at 6pm. This is a fun family tour and race of many different themes. Walk, run, snowshoe or ski a 10k (no hills!) at dusk across the Chequamegon Bay , starting at Ashland and finishing across the frozen pond- at Washburn.   Thousands of luminaries light the course with a great ending of the biggest bonfire you’ll ever see.   We are again staying at the Americinn in Ashland, with compliments of Jody Guy-Krulc’s nephew (Todd- general manager) that offered our team a great rate of 69.99 per room.  



If you’re interested in going, give the Americinn a call & ask for Todd and check out the info about the Book Across the Bay can be found at www.batb.org.   Come join us and other ME/VA/E-G skiers for a great evening of skiing and fun!



AmericInn of Ashland

3009 Lake Shore Drive E

Ashland, WI 54806


(715) 682-9950

(800) 634-3444


The Yesterday's, Time Trials, Friday's Meet.
Jan 28, 2012, 11:18 am

 was great to see many of our skiers out this weekend skiing! Good job at "puttin' in the extras!"  I know the Giant's Ridge Youth Ski League folks are also happy to see our team members on this past month of Sunday's, and the little skiers- look up to our big skiers! You guys make me proud of the time you are giving back to this organization, along with the Jr. Nordic Club.  I believe many of you received your first ski lessons on those Friday nights, many, many years ago!  Old memories of the younger ski years were also viewed last night after practice on the 2008 ski team video.  The common question was- "Is that really me?"   Now many of you are seniors, juniors & sophomores.  WOW!! 



 Getting back to the present, yesterday's TIME TRIAL was fun to observe.  The Silver 5K course wasn't as tough as many thought, and that was a WONDERFUL thing to hear!  Us coaches are looking forward to seeing what will happen at Sections next week.  The next time trial is Monday, for the classic portion of the pursuit- up the Cedar. 


Noticeable also, was our -1st year skiers- they have turned the corner, and they are skiing very well!  These skiers will show what they have at the Jr. High Championships on Feb. 13.  Keep rockin' and you'll be on the podium!!


There is lots' of real snow at the Pincushion Trails in Grand Marias and it will be great to ski somewhere (new) on Friday.  Overlooking the big lake is always a bonus. It is an early morning, as the bus pulls out of Mesabi East at 6:30 am. VA & E-G skiers come to ME on this day to board the bus. We should be back in Aurora around 6-6:30 pm. The big stop is at the Holiday in Tofte, so bring money if you want to pick up food / beverages on the way up and back. The Cook County team also provides a wonderful spread of artesian breads, along with homemade soups and cookies.


Last but not least, Congratulations to freshman skier- Paul M. on his homecoming nomination. “Prince Paul” has been reigning over the snowball week at Mesabi East this week.

See you on the trails! 



Last Race, Next Race and the week ahead....


a note from the Cook County XC coach

Hello Coaches,
The Cook County Invite will have live video streaming as well as radio coverage of the classic portion of the pursuit. Its easy to do: just go to wtip.org and click on the live video link. Please pass this info along to your athletes' families and fans. Pincushion is in good shape, especially away from the stadium. We are altering the courses slightly to bring skiers back through the stadium on the lap and have a new finish that is slightly uphill instead of the too fast downhill finish. This will make for great spectator viewing. See you Friday.
Mark Summers




A TEST of our STRENGTHS were revealed at our first true Varsity pursuit race of the season this past Thursday at Mt. Itasca. The classic race certainly proved to be in our guys’ favor, and it was great to see them attack the course and this race with gusto! On the girls’ side, there is promise, but patience is a must. Final standings showed that we have determination. Now we need to roll it all together for the big package! The younger crowd of our team made their way to the podium with lots of top ten finishes also.  Keep it going skiers!  Captains awards to follow on Monday. Results are at www.boreal.org/~durfee  New pics added in the photo gallery too.


Our Friday night of “Tubing Technique” was a fun way to end our ski week.  It was great to race each other and form the “trains” at a non (ski) practice! Team unity / bonding is always something that I strive to work on within our (three) school ski team....  it was a laughable & silly evening! 




THIS NEXT WEEK  will bring on our serious skiing side, as we prepare for our last regular ski meet of the season (Friday, Feb. 3) at Cook County and the following week’s big one- the section meet – (Feb. 9th) at Giant’s Ridge. Time trials for all of our V & JV skiers, along with the results from the upcoming Cook County meet, will play a role in determining the Section Teams.  Along with that,  our NEW UNIFORMS are in!!


Race help is needed at the Section meet, more info is provided from Deb Maki below.


Enjoy the recent snowfall – and get out on some newly opened trails this weekend!




Hello Parents & Skiers:


It’s that time of year again.   I’m starting to plan the Section 7 Meet and will need workers for the meet being held on Thursday, Feb. 9th.   With the nice snow that Giants Ridge received 4-5”, John Filander is planning on using the usual high school loops that we use every year.   So, we have enough snow to run a normal race.


Looking for workers to report to the Timing Bldg on Thursday, Feb 9th – 9:00 am.  This is a bib race – no chips, so bib jobs will be there, working crowd control out on the ski course, ski controllers – technic workers, a few timing jobs – inside and out, and asst. starters.    Please let me know if you are available. 


Thank you.





Deb Maki

Race Coordinator

1-800-688-7669, ext 8072


visit us at www.pepsichallengeskirace.com

SKI WEEK- Jan. 24-27.
Jan 24, 2012, 10:07 pm



              - TEAM BANQUET- is set for Sunday, Feb. 26th at the Biwabik Pavilion.

                 More   details to come.


-       (more)  Team Hats & Headbands are in. They are $ 14.00 each. Cash or check. Make check out to:

Mesabi East / VA / E-G Nordic Booster Club.


-          (not new)! - Mt. Itasca. The Duluth East Invite will be held here on Thursday. More info on the meet schedule page.


-          CONGRATS! to the SPELLER on our team- Emma Greenlee. Second year in a row, that Emma won the “BEE”. Good Luck at your next round!


-          A FANTASTIC FRIDAY of PRACTICE – is coming up. Since we don’t have a meet – this Friday- Jan. 27th, we are going to practice…. our….    “TUBING TECHNIQUE” at Giants Ridge.  Practice will be from 4-6pm or till 7 pm if you want to stay later. Giant's Ridge has a special on Friday nights, where the tubing is 1/2 price.  Instead, of $ 15.00, the fee would be $ 7.50. The Fisherman's Pt. 5K fund is paying half, so for each skier, the price is $ 3.00 per person for the 2 hour session.  Sign up on the bulletin board. 


     TUBING at GIANTS RIDGE: January 2 thru March 18:

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Tubing Rates

2-Hour Session, per person

Each Additional Hour, per person






UPDATES, PRACTICE, MEETS, Jr. Nordic Skiers, & BRR!!!
Jan 20, 2012, 10:48 am

GREAT PRACTICE sessions- on FRi & SAt!  Loved to see all the "trains" up and down the Summit Friday evening!   To get out on the Silver Trail- that was quite a treat on Saturday- & we are looking forward to reviewing the technique video's that were captured also. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  To maximize our practice's, we will be changing things up a bit for the rest of the season.

THIS WEEK at PracticeWith the earlier arrival's of our VA & E-G skiers, there is no reason why we can't be - "OUT THE DOOR at 4".  GEAR ON. WAX ON.  SKIS ON.  Check out the bulletin board for your group & instruction.  Practice wrap-up & coach sermon after practice- at 5:35.  



BRRR!! It is WINTER!  The snowfall from Wednesday has certainly freshened the trails up- and we are making good use of our time on the Section & State Courses. 


We are on to week 3 of our Jr. Nordic Ski Club.  So far, we have seven students (5th & 6th graders) from Mesabi East & Virginia. This is an enthusiastic and fun gathering of young skiers. Their classical technique is catching on! Thanks to Paris & Carly for helping out on these Wednesdays.


Our schedule is mixed up again; our Saturday Varsity / JV practice will now be from 1-3pm. (due to the predicted cold morning). Monday’s practice at the Shore, did not garner much commitment from our V/JV team members. We will not have an official ski practice on this day. Ski on your own.


Looking ahead, update your ski meet calendar. Our next ski meet is the Duluth East Pursuit, but it will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Mt. Itasca. (not Friday, 1/27 as posted). This will be our first true pursuit- a 5k Skate in the morning, and a 5K classical in the afternoon. This is the section & state race format. Races for JV & Jr. High are also on the line-up.




The Tuesday “Classic Sorenson” (named after Glen Sorenson- longtime coach & teacher from Proctor) was a blustery & brisk one, but our skiers fared well. Again, improvements were noticed from the last meet, but we are always fine-tuning our technique to get things just right- and take the bad habits off our ski list. Results are posted at www.boreal.org.   It was a scarce meet- lots of skier’s (from many schools) were missing due to final exams.


Kudo’s to all who raced!  And more kudo’s to our senior from E-G & secret “math –skilled skier”- Jake Dahl.  Nice article of Jake’s math apps. & endeavors in Tuesday’s MDN.  Wow!  We have quite a team!!!  



Captain’s awards for this meet went out to:


Katelyn Babich- BEST placement in finish.

Emma Hafdahl- Best CRASH!

Bennett Maki - Best FROSTY BEARD…!


Our Saturday Ely meet, was cozy and quaint with only a handful of schools making the trek north.   Grand Rapids, Deer River, Hibbing and our team took to the real snow with enthusiasm.  We had lots of great finishes from all of the ME/VA/E-G ranks, and some surprises too!   Race results at: www.boreal.org.   Check out this week’s local paper- the Range Times for some ski pics & postings too.


Captain’s Awards…..


Spencer Krog- Best Surprise Finish! An awesome performance by this 8th grade skier.

Sam Johnson- Best “Ely” Ski Team Member … seen to be hangin’ with the Ely squad lots.

Chaz Herzog- Best OVERDRESSED skier!

 Katelyn Lebeque - A Best FIRST RACE!


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