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Lake County mushers compete in Gunflint Mail Run

2016 Gunflint Mail Run champion and Lake County resident Ward Wallin competes in the 2019 12-dog race. Wallin, who owns Silver Creek Sled Dogs with his wife, Colleen, typically uses the race as a training run for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, which begins Jan. 27 in Duluth. (Photo courtesy of Ward Wallin)

Several Lake County mushers competed Saturday, Jan. 5, in Cook County's Gunflint Mail Run, which kicks off sled dog racing season on the North Shore.

Fourteen teams competed in the 100-mile, 12-dog team race and eight competed in the 65-mile, eight-dog race.

Lake County sled dog racers Blake and Jennifer Freking of Manitou Crossing Kennels in Finland and Ward Wallin of Silver Creek Sled Dogs in Two Harbors finished in the top 10 in the 100-mile race.

Gunflint Mail Run results

100-mile, 12-dog race

1. Ryan Redington, Skagway, Alaska, 8:26:35

2. Ryan Anderson, Ray, Minn., 9:02:56

3. Erin Redington, Skagway, Alaska, 9:16:51

4. Frank Moe, Hovland, 9:38:17

5. Blake Freking, Finland, 9:38:21

6. Sarah Keefer, Minneapolis, 9:50:51

7. Ward Wallin, Two Harbors, 9:58:40

8. Jennifer Freking, Finland, 10:29:05

9. Dennis Tremblay, Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Quebec, 10:32:30

10. Mary Manning, Hovland, 10:32:49

11. Erin Altemus, Grand Marais, 10:33:06

12. Daman Ramaker, Fountain, Minn., 11:53:06

13. Cindy Gallea, Wykoff, Minn., 11:53:24

14. Lynn Dohrman, Wykoff, Minn., no time provided

65-mile, 8-dog race

1. Martha Schouweiler, Irma, Wis., 5:39:10

2. Joanna Oberg, Grand Marais, 5:39:12

3. Rita Wehseler, Tofte, 5:56:03

4. Brian Bergen, Sioux Lookout, Ontario, 6:10:55

5. Andrea DeBoer, Grand Marais, 6:34:39

6. Julia Cross, Hovland, 6:36:37

7. Steve Peterson, Granby, Colo., 6:49:12

8. Matt Schmidt, Grand Marais, 6:59:23

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