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Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club will be hosting Duluth author Ryan Rodgers on Saturday, April 2 to talk about his book, "Winter's Children," and the history of Nordic skiing.
The welcome-home party will be noon-5 p.m. April 2 in Afton’s Town Square Park, rain or shine; Diggins will arrive at 1 p.m. Afton is about 25 miles east of St. Paul.
The Duluth resident and her dog trudged nearly 200 miles through deep snow and extreme cold.
The Duluth resident, with her sled dog, Diggins, hopes to reach Grand Portage by mid-March.

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The annual Minnesota Finlandia Cross Country Ski Marathon returned for its 39th year on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Buena Vista Ski Area.
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Diggins, from Afton, Minnesota, now has finished in the top eight in 11 consecutive Olympic races, including all her starts in the past two Winter Games
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BEIJING — The 1.7-mile downhill course plunges through barren brown hillsides, past haggard trees and towering gray rock faces, all transformed by a coating of snow from a storm that passed through a few days earlier.
The annual Minnesota Finlandia Cross Country Ski Marathon is returning for its 39th year on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Buena Vista Ski Area, 19600 Irvine Ave. NW.
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ZHANGJIAKOU, China — The United States knew the only way they were likely to be able to beat China in Thursday’s Olympic freestyle skiing aerials mixed team event was to take some risks, and their bold approach paid off spectacularly and brought them the ultimate prize.
ZHANGJIAKOU, China — When she pushed her ski over the finish line, Jessie Diggins wasn't sure she had won a medal. She glanced up at the video screen and saw her name in third place, but she still wasn't ready to believe it.

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American fell early in giant slalom and couldn't repeat her gold medal
The award is given annually and it recognizes and honors an individual(s) who has demonstrated a long-term commitment and support of cross country skiing in the Bemidji area.
The extent to which Bemidji area women have broken ground and have gone on to compete internationally is mind-boggling.

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