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JOHN BEARGREASE SLED DOG MARATHON

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With no snow on the ground, Blake and Jennifer Freking's Siberian huskies pull an ATV instead of a sled.
Blake and Jennifer Freking currently have 62 Siberian huskies, including 12 new puppies.
The 300-mile race will begin in Duluth on Sunday and end in Grand Portage on Tuesday.
A higher-than-usual number of racers are from outside Minnesota this year, including one from Jamaica.
Ero Wallin grew to love dog sledding in a natural way, says his mother, Colleen, who will be racing in the Beargrease field right along with him.
Mary Manning may be the only warden in the continental U.S. who patrols by dog sled.

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Lack of snow, warm weather have left trails in less than optimal condition.
The Grangroth sisters returned to the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, held last weekend in Duluth. Established in 1980, the Beargrease is the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. Nicole,

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