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Heavy snow a pain now, but could have good payoff later

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Which would you prefer, shovel some snow or fight a forest fire? Scrape off your car or scrape the hull of your boat on a sandbar?

As northern Wisconsin deals with a foot or more of fresh snow, foresters and other scientists are saying - perhaps under their breath - "bring it on."

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Cutter tackles ice at Green Bay

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By MIKE FORNES
STURGEON BAY, Wis. - The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw has completed its mission of opening up ice-bound harbors in the Chicago and Gary, Ind., areas and has now moved north up Lake Michigan to begin work in Green Bay, Wis.

“We're approaching our area for next week's ice trials,” said Cmdr. John Little, the Mackinaw's captain. “We have testing that must be completed before we begin.”  more...

 



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Munising set for snowmo race

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MUNISING — With plenty of ice and snow, the third-annual Munising 300 snowmobile race is set to go this weekend in Alger County.

The two-day event kicks off Friday morning with racer registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Christmas Kewadin Casino. Pro racers will run both Friday and Saturday. Amateur riders will run Saturday morning only.
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Feb. 17-23 ,2007 Iceboaters Complete Racing After a Full Week of Racing

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Menominee, Michigan
February 17-23, 2007

article by Zack Clayton



What a full week of racing for the DN class on Green Bay for over 100 DN Iceboat skippers from all over the world. The entire iceboat world was captivated by the reports and stories from a week of great racing highlighted by the DN World Championship. The event was sailed on clear and smooth ice, which meant fast speeds and exciting racing. A bit of work to get over some large cracks, but once the boats made their way to the racing surface, everyone was ecstatic.   more...

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Ice on Straits risky, says USCG

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By MIKE FORNES

CHEBOYGAN - Dark spots and open water are appearing at various places in the Straits of Mackinac, a sure sign that warmer temperatures are making ice usage an even riskier venture than normal, the U.S. Coast Guard warned Tuesday.

The Ninth Coast Guard District office in Cleveland has issued a warning to emphasize the need for winter sportsmen to use precautions when making a decision to recreate on Great Lakes ice. Tree lines are still visible on the ice between a beach north of Cheboygan and Bois Blanc Island, and the St. Ignace harbor and Mackinac Island.  more...


 



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Ski Slope Update

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Shanty Creek Resprt - Courtesy of Midwest LivingWinter was late in arriving this year so you have every excuse to keep on skiing at more than 40 Michigan ski destinations before the daffodils pop up. Still one of the top Midwest ski destinations, Michigan has plenty of mountains, moguls, hills and trails to enjoy the last wisps of winter.   more...

 



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Ice through their veins

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Mark Petnuch is about half way up a 70-foot wall of ice when his world suddenly becomes a little less secure.

With an ax in each hand, he is leveraging his way up a frozen sheet of water in Wildcat Canyon in Starved Rock State Park. His progress is slow and steady -- until there is a shattering noise.

Suddenly, softball-sized chunks of ice are raining down on Petnuch's helmet-covered head. He loses his grip, and finds himself dangling. A safety harness controlled by spotter Scott Danforth and the ax in Petnuch's left hand are the only things preventing him plunging to the ground.   more...

 



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Plunge opens door to a frigid dare

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It was a balmy 29 degrees outside Saturday -- a perfect time for a swim.

Bold souls braved near-freezing water at Haithco Recreation Area in Saginaw Township for the fourth annual "Polar Plunge" fundraiser for Special Olympics Michigan.

The 25 plungers raised $8,028 in pledges for the frigid jump.   more...

 



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Running with a dream

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By CHRIS KICK

NEWBERRY, Mich. -- Tom Roig harnesses his Alaskan sled dogs one by one and attaches them to his sled. It's a short "fun run" today of only 8 miles with 10 dogs, but all of his dogs bark and growl to go along.

When the last dog is attached, Tom, 57, walks back to his sled of anxious, jumping canines and places his feet onto its runners. He reaches to the ground and pulls two metal hooks from the snow, places them on the sled and grips his hands tight to its handlebar.  more...

 



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February 16-23, 2007 - Iceboats Converge on Green Bay

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February 16-23, 2007 - Iceboats Converge on Green Bay

by Zack Clayton
If you are an iceboater, fan or just intrigued spectator, this is the week of all weeks for you. The convergence of iceboats on Lake Michigan off of the shores of Menominee, Michigan, just north of Marinette, Wisconsin, is a sight to behold. Just about every iceboat that hit the ice is racing for many prestigious titles in the next few days. The list of regattas is long.   more


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Grooming is key to good trails

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FREDERIC -- When it comes to the laws of physics, it is either obey or pay the consequences.

A basic lesson in these natural laws was handed out by Mother Nature on a beautiful, forested cross-country trail at the Forbush Corner Ski Center near this Crawford County town.

I had Grip Tape on the kick section of my waxable skis, and while it's normally wonderful stuff, we had encountered the weather conditions -- right around freezing with wet snow falling -- in which snow starts to clump on it.

Three times I had to stop at the top of steep hills and slide my skis back and forth rapidly to create friction that melted some of the snow and made them slide again.  more...

 



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It's Back--Detroit Winter Blast!

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What a Blast! 
- Courtesy of Midwest Living MagazineDetroit's Winter Blast is Pure Michigan Fun--transforming the motor city into a magical Michigan winter wonderland experience.

Bundle up the kids and grandparents and head to downtown Detroit February 9-11 for a family-friendly event that actually transforms Detroit into an enchanted winter festival.

Detroit's Winter Blast is back for a third year, featuring favorite free activities from the past and new excitement throughout the 11-block area anchored by Campus Martius Park.  more...



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Drive Your Own Team

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Sled Dog Adventures 
- Courtesy of Midwest Living MagazineMush!" "Mush!" "Mush!" Drive your own dog team through pristine winter wilderness. Dogsled adventures in Michigan provide pure excitement.

Ready to hop on a sled and bark, "Mush!"? Easy! (that's "slow down" in sled dog lingo). Mushers don't actually say "mush." If you want your dogs to move, the command is, "Hike!" That's one of the lessons you'll learn at places like Gee-Pak's Kennel in Mt. Morris, and Last Chance Kennel Dog Sled Rides in Mancelona.

 

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Snowmobile — safely

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Snowmobilers are drawn to Michigan. And for good reason. According to the state’s Department of Natural Resources, Michigan boasts more than 6,000 miles of designated trails — in state and national forests as well as privately owned lands. Snowmobilers will find a vast system of interconnected trails, beautiful landscapes and friendly people here in Michigan.   more...

 



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Bill Mattison Iceboat Racer, Builder and Legend

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by Zack Clayton,

Bill Mattison is a name that just about every iceboater knows. From the beginning DN sailor to the world-class champions, many can backtrack their roots to iceboating to much of the time and effort Bill has put into the sport. Bill’s home base is Madison, Wisconsin and the Four Lakes Iceboat Club. Bill has been involved in iceboating for five decades, but unlike many of his contemporaries, Bill is still building and racing his beloved Honeybuckets.   more...
 
 
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