Minocqua's Winter Park Bark Skijoring Submitted: 03/03/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

MINOCQUA - Skiing seems to be a popular sport in the Northwoods, but one local outdoor park wanted to try something a little different.

This includes four legged animal.

Minocqua's Winter Park and Nordic Center hosted their very first 5-K and 10-K Ski-joring race.

Skiers put their dogs in skijoring harnesses and leashes.

They then ski behind them for a fast-paced race.

Evan Patts cames from Madison to race in the Squirrel Hill Pursuit Saturday, but also heard about skijoring.

"This is actually our first race. We figured we give it a try," said Patts.

"I like going on runs with him and throwing the ball, but I really like skiing and if we can both ski at the same time, it's pretty fun. "

Even though this a fun event to participate in with your K-9 friend, you should be mindful of what kind of dog you're using to ski.

"I think you want to be cautious that you're not overworking your dog," Assistant Race Coordinator, Rae Lundberg said.

"They suggest on some of the informational website that dogs 30 pounds and bigger are appropriate dogs for skijoring."

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This is a local sled dog club that has knowledge for skijoring.

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MINOCQUA - By the time most of us finish breakfast, we already start planning what to eat for lunch.

For some kids all around the world, that next meal sometimes never comes.

The Food for Kidz Minocqua committee will lend a helping hand to change that Saturday morning.

Lakeland Union High School's common area will transform into a full-blown assembly line.

Food for Kidz volunteers will pour and pack ingredients into plastic bags.

The goal is 175,000 packed meals.

Food for Kidz needs more volunteers by tomorrow to meet that goal.

"If you haven't experienced this, come out and try it and you'll go away with just a great feeling," said Food for Kidz co-chair John Breiten.

Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to walk in to volunteer.

The food packages will be shipped off to anywhere from Honduras to Mozambique.

Some special meals will be set aside and sent to local communities in the Northwoods.

"It's just a great, fun community event. I think the kids especially take something away that they are giving beyond themselves," said Food for Kidz sponsor and Lakeland Union High School Spanish teacher Karen Roerich.

Walk-in volunteers are welcome to attend either packing shift tomorrow morning.

The first shift is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second shift is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you can't make it out to Lakeland Union High School Saturday, donations are always welcome.

Call John Breiten at 715-686-7570 for more info.

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