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F-Games Snowmobile Races are Feb. 25

Snowmobiles of all kinds will go head to head Feb. 25 in the FGames, Fairfield Township’s own annual snowmobile races.

Phil Yetzer, one of the race coordinators, said that the race is one of the only of its kind in the area. There aren’t many opportunities, he said, to race older and vintage sleds. While  there are shows and trail rides, the F-games are one of the only races for those older snowmobiles.

Racers will compete in groups of three or four to be the first to complete three laps on a le mans style course that winds through open areas as well as some wooded spots. Yetzer described the course as having natural hills with both left and right turns. The course is geared more toward technique and strategy than to all-out speed, but the races are by no means slow.

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Musher Malikowski has more than 30 years experience

Kevin Malikowski, of Outing, has been a musher for more than 30 years. After seeing a sled dog race in the ‘70s, Malikowski found himself interested and, not much later, hooked.

“You start off and then you get caught in that vortex,” Malikowski said of the investment he made in mushing. “That’s what happened to me and I love it.”

In his 30-plus years of mushing, Malikowski has competed in numerous races. He prefers the longer races, around 200 or more miles. Though 200 miles is a long ways, in the world of sled dog races it’s considered a middistance race. Often Malikowski mushes with teams of 14 or 16 dogs as he practices in the fall and winter, and races with teams of 10-12 or more dogs, depending on the race. He’s entirely self-taught.

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Crosslake City Council hears plans for dog park

At its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 13, the Crosslake City Council heard plans for a potential new dog park from parks, recreation and library director Jon Henke.

Henke told the council that an area near the public works garage is being considered for the location of the new dog park. The idea for the park came from the Minnesota Design Team’s visit, and a dog park committee has formed.

In the joint maintenance facilities off of County Road 3, there’s a grassy area with a small pond that would be fenced off for the dog park with two separate sections, one for passive dogs and one for more rambunctious dogs. Henke said that often nearby residents’ concerns are of increased traffic, but access to the dog park won’t require cars to pass any residential homes.

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Two injured in ATV accident

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reports Deputies and EMS personnel were dispatched to South Long Lake for a report of an overturned ATV and two people had been injured.

The incident took place on February 11, 2017 at approximately 1:37pm. The operator of the ATV, Trista Marsolek age 20 St. Paul, MN and the passenger, Maxwell Johnson age 24 Wayzata, MN were transported from the scene by ambulance. No further information regarding their injuries is available at this time.

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