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There is no better way to kick off your Fourth of July than by running up the slopes of the Sawtooth Mountains, racing on the Superior Hiking Trail and tracking down your competition through the mud.
Thirty-four years ago the Tofte Trek Wilderness Run/Walk was born and the tradition carries on. Each year this event continues to grow, bringing over 200 runners and walkers to the town of Tofte.
Pre-registration is $25; same-day registration is $30.
Registration begins at the Birch Grove Community Center at 7:45 a.m. July
4 followed by races beginning at 9 a.m. with the walkers, 9:05 a.m. with various kids races (free), 9:20 a.m. with a mile race (free), and rounding out the morning is the 10k running race beginning at 9:30 a.m.
There will be overall awards, age group awards and a raffle prize. All proceeds from this event are used for XC Ski and Mountain Bike Trail maintenance within the Sugarbush Trail System.
For more information, visit http://www.sugarbushtrail.org/tofte_trek.php.
The Minnesota State Patrol is offering a week-long summer camp for youths interested in careers in law enforcement. State Patrol Trooper Leah Carpenter of Grand Marais encourages local students ages 16 - 19 years old to apply to learn the training and responsibilities of law enforcement officers.
The camp includes training in firearms, radar/aircraft enforcement, defensive driving, crash investigation, defensive tactics, as well as leadership skills and more.
The camp takes place Aug. 11 - 17 at Camp Ripley in Little Falls.
Approximately 30 teenagers will be accepted through the application process. The camp will be led and monitored by State Patrol troopers. There is no charge for the camp. Applications are due July 6.
For more information, contact Trooper Carpenter or find an application at http://bit.ly/13ImfKG.
Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Increased arrests in the county, bad water beaches in Wisconsin, a former CCHS Vikings player heads to Thunder Bay, water quality, wolves, pets and new courtroom restrictions in St. Louis County…all in this week’s news.
For the third year, mountain bikers from across the United States and Canada will be in Lutsen to take part in the Lutsen 99er, tackling the topography of the North Shore, riding from the Lake Superior shoreline to the top of the Sawtooth Mountain ridge. The event is tomorrow, Saturday, June 29.
Both the Lutsen 99er and the shorter Lutsen 39er start at Lutsen Mountains. The course takes riders down to Highway 61 and up the Caribou Trail and then into onto forested trails. The climb up the Caribou Trail is no Sunday stroll—the route takes riders up 1,000 feet in about five miles.
The 99er riders then go east and begin a fantastic Category 3 climb. Once over the ridgeline, the course takes advantage of the glacially sculpted terrain, rolling hills, and numerous lakes and streams. This area is the southern range of the boreal forest.
A kids’ race (ages 5 to 13) will also be held on the morning of June 30.
Organizers say, “Bring the entire family and make the Lutsen 99er a family affair in 2013!”
Spectators are encouraged to come out and watch the exciting race, which has grown every year. The event website includes a map of the route so you can pick a scenic spot to watch the action.
Rehearsals continue for the delightful female version of The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, which will play at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts this summer. The Odd Couple will run July 19, 21, 25, 27 and Aug. 2, 4, 8 and 10. This hilarious comedy is by one of America’s funniest playwrights, Neil Simon. Publisher Samuel French offers the following description of the female version of the play: Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pigeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.
Advance tickets are available at www.grandmariasplayhouse.com.