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Summer Training Week # 1
Jun 12, 2013, 8:11 pm


A perfect day for our first summer training gathering! 


Glad to see old & new faces! A big welcome to everyone, it's going to be a ton of fun - getting fit together!


For those of you who didn't make it to today's session, come when you are able! Just keep checking this site for locations, times and activity.




THURSDAY June 13th:  Run & Swim: meet at Lake Ore Be Gone (in Gilbert) at 4 pm.

                                              Carpool from Mesabi East- 3:30 in pool parking lot, 3:40 at Lucky 7 in Biwabik.              

                                                 **  Bing a water bottle to all training sessions **




May 14, 2013, 10:47 am

(posted Monday, June 3)                                  ** Picnic / Registration Update **    

** New & current students from Mesabi East: meet at pool parking lot at 3:30 to carpool to Giant's Ridge**

Due to the Mesabi East Track Banquet that is scheduled for Wed. June 5th,  the team’s summer training PICNIC / REGISTRATION event has been changed to next Wednesday, June 12th   , 4pm at Giant’s Ridge.  I'll provide the chicken & beverages.  ME / VA / E-G skiers bring a dish to share.  Everyone else- just come!  


**  At this time we will also have our first work-out session, so bring your running shoes! **


Sorry about the short notice, I just found out about the track banquet. 


Let me know if you have any questions.


Cheri J.




Hello ski fans!


Summer Training info is now out. Again this year, it is an informal program – designed to fit your needs to keep your base fitness going while having some fun with others in a group training structure.


The dates of the program are June 12-July 31. No training from July 1-7.  The fee is $ 50.00 for each participant.


 A picnic / informational & sign-up meeting will be held Wed. June 5th, 4pm  at Giant's Ridge.  Bring a dish to share. 


As of now, the days are set for Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4-6 pm. This time frame can change be changed up, we will determine what fits most people’s schedule and go from there.


Besides trail running and cycling, we will be utilizing roller boards, fitness bands, kettle balls, etc. for increased strength & core training. Roller skiing isn’t in my realm this summer, unless someone else comes on board to take over that aspect. IF you want to get more involved with roller skiing, the Lake Superior Ski Club (out of Duluth) has a fantastic program that will get you going. We do have some ski team members that will be partaking in those sessions twice a week. For more information on LSSC, give me a call.


Some goal – setting events that I have in mind are: 


  The William Irvin 5K (race is filled) 

 The Color Dash, http://www.thecolordash5k.com/virginia-minnesota.html

  The Fisherman’s Pt. 5k, http://patchins.net/fishermanspoint5k (our team's biggest fundraiser)

  The Mesabi Trail Bike Tour  ,http://www.mesabitrail.com/great-river-energy




** All and any athletes- grade 7-12 are welcome to join, (not just skiers), so bring a friend or two!**



Let me know if you have any questions.


Enjoy your last weeks of school & good luck in your spring sport tournaments!


See you soon!


Coach Cheri J.

How much was collected??
Apr 11, 2013, 8:15 pm


Spring Magazine Update....



                                        5093.84 Kilograms

                                             5.615 Tons

                              11, 230 POUNDS !!!




In between the recent snow storms, the Magazine Drive was wrapped up as of Wednesday.


Take a look at the pictures to see how many people contributed their magazines and took an interest in our Spring recycling cause!  The trailer was full to the brim, and the boxes in the back of the truck were also full of magazines. 


 Whatever the outcome for magazine poundage turns out to be, I think that it is even a bigger (profit) - that our neighboring communities realize that the ME / VA / E-G NORDIC SKI TEAM is out there providing a service to improve the environment!


Thanks to everyone for lending a hand this past month, and to the Greenlee, Babich, Hafdahl, & Krog families for enduring the crazy weather at the EarthFest.   I think the oldest magazine found this time around was a 1941 Popular Mechanix, (yep- it was spelled that way) and it sold for 15 cents. I imagine there are several (less-cluttered) closets on the Range now!  



Don't quit saving though,  and spread the word... sounds like the Fall drive will be September 13


Check back for the final results- Tom Krog will be unloading all of this on Saturday!






Register for your spot at the WILLIAM A. IRVIN 5K RACE
Apr 4, 2013, 1:50 pm



This race is the kick-off to Grandma's Marathon weekend! (Friday, June 21, 6pm)

Many of you take part in some summer running events, and this one is filling up fast.  Only 500 spots were open as of Thursday…

Join us for a fun time!

Check out the William Irvin 5k  and sign up for a great race!  


Here is the link: http://grandmasmarathon.com/site/index.php?page=alias-8


Happy running!


Cheri J.



Magazine Drive, JO's, Kudo's, Congrats, Facebook
Mar 24, 2013, 12:19 pm

SKIING anyone?


I think Mother Nature has dealt us a severe blow to our ski mentality lately!  Still the skiing is wonderful- I hope that you have found some time to get onto the trails when your (spring) schedule has allowed...  I feel for all of you that are trying to run on the track, swing that club, and catch those balls....  and for the coaches that are finding all the angles to keep your training positive and interesting- hang in there- &  Good Luck!


A couple of items were note-worthy of a website update... 


- The TEAM'S SPRING MAGAZINE DRIVE- is in full force with articles and ads in the Hometown Focus, the Range Times, the MDN & ER Shopper, and the EarthFest committee.  I have seen flyers posted here and there also.  Keep spreading the word- everywhere you go!  If you haven't checked your local library or school, now is the time to do it! Our local collection at the Johnson's is a daily array of people stopping and dropping off their bundles, we are off to a great start! 


NEEDED: VOLUNTEERS  for the main collection at the EarthFest on Saturday, April 6th.  We'd like to have a group of 4 skiers for each 2 hour shift.  The event runs from 9-3.  Here is a time frame.  9-11, 11-1, 1-3. 


 Also NEEDED:  Someone to make 2-3 posters to put on the truck / trailer at the Earthfest.  Neon colors would be helpful.  Please email me with your preferred time spot, and if you're up to some artful poster making.  Here is more info on the collection: http://www.hometownfocus.us/news/2013-03-15/Features/Free_electronics_and_magazine_recycling_at_Iron_Ra.html




Anna Johnson had a great week in Fairbanks, and would like to see more "Northern" skiers involved in USSA.  She spent 8 days in Alaska, with 4 days of racing.  The other days were made up of training and playing tourist.  Her best race ended with the cumulation of the race week, a 5k mass start classic.  Out of 68 skiers, Anna paced the Midwest J2 girls team with a 15th place finish.  Overall, the Midwest Team (45 skiers) came away with the 3rd place Team Podium standing for the Alaska Cup.  Teams Alaska and New England were first and second respectivley. 




KUDO's to Spencer, Nate, Paul, Isaac, Ian, Reed & Sam who all skied the PEPSI CHALLENGE!  A nice showing and support for our local race.  Remember to turn in your uniforms to me asap.  Along with that, a (literary) KUDO goes out to Emma H, who graciously shared her thoughts on Nordic Skiing in the latest Generation W newspaper.  THANKS Emma, the "PR" is always welcomed to let others know what we skiers do!



And... CONGRATULATION's to two of our favorite ski fans & team supporters.... JACK JEFFERY & JOHN FILANDER.  These gentlemen have been nominated to receive the Minnesota Nordic Skiing Association Lifetime Achievement Award.  They will be honored at the Nordic Ski Banquet at Theo Wirth on Sunday, March 24.  WOW- we couldn't be more excited to be in the company of Jack & John all season long!  I am sure the bios below are a very shortened version of the real thing...  Thanks for all you do!  


MNSA Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees


Jack Jeffery

Jack Jeffery has been involved building Nordic skiing for fifty years. He began teaching and coaching skiing at Aurora-Hoyt Lakes in 1966 and did so for forty years. He was three times Minnesota State Coach of the Year. He served on the Minnesota State High School League Advisory Council for Nordic Skiing for twenty years. Jack established the Aurora-Hoyt Lakes Invitational in 1966 that transcended into the Mesabi East Invitational which has become the largest high school cross-country event in the nation.

He also served as head coach for four Junior Olympics, and as technical delegate for many regional and national meets including Senior Nationals, Super-Tours, and served as Central Division Cross

-Country Volunteer Coordinator and Chief of Stadium Entry in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.       

Jack has given thousands of hours building Nordic skiing in Minnesota, and richly deserves MNSA’s award. 


John Filander

Giant’s Ridge has played a major role in the development of Nordic skiing in Minnesota and John has played a central role in that effort. For decades the Ridge has hosted Pepsi Challenges, International Classic races, multiple World Cups, multiple Junior Olympics, multiple Olympic trials, ski clinics, the Mesabi Invitation Ski Meet (the largest high school cross-country event in the nation), the Minnesota State High School Cross-Country Ski championships. For nearly 30 years, John’s task has been to make sure all runs smoothly.

Additionally, as a qualified Technical Delegate, John has officiated at World Cup, Olympic Trials National Championships, many Birkies and as Assistant Chief of Course at Soldier Hollow at the Salt Lake Olympics.

John’s love of skiing is palpable. With a lifetime devoted to skiers and skiing, John greatly deserves MNSA’s award.




OK, that's it for now.  Again, please email or call me to set up your time for the Earth Fest Magazine Collection!

See you on the trails.

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THANKS, Good Luck , Magazines, & TEAM VIDEO
Mar 4, 2013, 9:26 am

THANK YOU to all who celebrated another wonderful season of the ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team at last night's banquet.  It was a  meaningful evening of memories, stories, and future possibilities!  The coach's gifts were perfect- we all loved them- and we'll certainly put the "gag gifts" in our team's artillery for next season!  Those were spot on fun for all our team members, and very appropriate. (wink!)


I didn't get a chance to visit with everyone, but know that I appreciate each and every ski parent in our program, and know, that your skier has a place on our team- always. THANK YOU PARENTS for being their number one ski fan and supporter!



More THANKS abound to ....   


Jack- thank you for being our USSA coach / mentor, and our "Saturday Technique with Jack" clinician!   

Dale & Sally Zamlen for their support and presence surrounding the "Dan Zamlen Memorial Scholarship". We'll never forget...

Peggy Giese, Joyce Holmes, Deb Miessner for the nicely done banquet and extra's.  You ladies have the banquet "know-how" down to a science! 

Welcome to the new ski booster board & for committing to next season's adventure! 

To our Captain's for the fine job you all performed within our team this season! 

To our skier's for being one of the best teams ever- Congrats to all of you- for a terrific season! 



2012 / 2013  ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team Video


Want a recap of the season? View the 2012/13 Team Video here: Click on: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=455021901237359&l=1708862793605444881




CONGRATS to skier EMMA GREENLEE!  Emma once again won the regional Spelling Bee, and will once again make the trip to Washington DC in June, to compete in the National Spelling Bee!  Way to Go!  We are super P- R-O-U-D of you!!


GOOD LUCK and FAST SKIS to skier ANNA JOHNSON as she competes on the Midwest Junior National Team in Fairbanks, Alaska from March 11-16.  We'll be cheering for you!



 ** Remember to spread the word and collect as many magazines as possible for our Spring Magazine drive, and to check in with volunteering on April 6th, at the Earth Fest in Mt. Iron.




Continue the team camaradarie and friendships throughout your spring happenings, and

Good Luck in your next school / sports activities.  I will be cheering for all of you- from my perch in the bleachers!



Summer Training .... will start up in June.  Stay -tuned!


See you on the trails!





















Mar 2, 2013, 9:18 am

BANQUET INFO  from the Booster Club president....


Hi Everyone,


Next Sunday March 3rd is our Ski banquet at the Biwabik Pavilion at 5:00 PM.


In order to get a good variety for our pot luck meal , please bring the following; using the first letter of your skiers last name. 

A-H Desert

I-O  Main dish

P-Z Salad

See you then,



                                    **  Also on the BANQUET AGENDA **

 - Equipment & Uniform return:  If you are done using team equipment and finished racing for the season,

    please bring both to the banquet. Deposit checks will be issued, if a rental contract was in place.


 - Awards- Jr. High, Letter, Academic, State, All-State, MIS, MVS,


 - Senior Speeches


 - Dan Zamlen Memorial Scholarship


 - End of Season Video  


 - Election of Booster Club officers


Hope to see you on Sunday!



                          A wrap up to racing!


                   The Jr. Nordic Club !





Feb 18, 2013, 11:24 am

Another wonderful, exciting, fun-filled ski season- come and gone! Remember at that very first meeting… way back in October… when it was stated- that the “ski season is short & quick”?  2012/2013 started and ended in a way that every coach hopes for! THANK YOU skiers for making this year , one of the best ski teams ever! Next ski season is going to rock even more!


A recap of our last week….


Congratulations and a race well-done by our 5 State Meet qualifiers! With the undaunting presence of top skiers throughout the state of Minnesota, Sam, Emma G, Emma H, Reed & Anna J. held up and held on to ski their BEST RACE of the season! The State Meet is a “whole new race”, and you proved to your competitors, that you could handle it. Emma H. placed at 76th, Reed – 56th, Emma G. – 41st, and with “All State Honors” (top 25 in the state meet) recognition for skiers:  Anna J. – 21st, and Sam – 12th .  These five, along with many of our friends fom Section 7, (Duluth East, Ely, Marshall, CEC, Grand Rapids) really put on a show, and we are super proud to be a part of this incredibly strong group of teams.  Fantastic results! Great job skiers!





The Charlie Banks relays were held on Wednesday, with 37 teams participating. Our teams of 4 guys – Paul, Nate, Ryan & Spencer and gals- Christine, Dorthe, Lynnette and Stephanie all shared a lot of fun to end their official season of team racing. Nice job to all of you- this is always a pre- charge up for our skiers who don’t make the State Meet cut-off. The boys team finished at 21, while the girls placed their team at 33.



The JV / Junior High Championships were held the day before, on Tuesday, with many top finishes throughout our young team.   It was a beautiful day and everyone appreciated the trails at Spirit Mountain. Most of these skiers were brand new to that first day of practice, never being on skis before.  I just want to say… look how far you’ve come! Next season, will be 100% different (way EASIER!) with all the experience you have now. Smooth sailing (skiing)- come next November. Thanks to Bobbi L, for all your help on this day, and a huge shout-out to our Jr. High leader- Coach Mariah! Results speak for themselves. 

For detailed standings on the CB relays and JV / JH Championships, log onto www.boreal.org/~durfee. (Steve’s Timing.com)


One day left to own for our team:


Tuesday, Feb. 19: The final team get-to-gether! JH, JV, Varsity & the Jr. Nordic Club will all share one last day of ski fun. From 4-6 pm, we will have our “ride the chairlift”, ski to the shelter & hot dog / smore roast” day. BRING: your uniforms- ski racing suit, warm-up jacket & pants, and all sets of ski equipment. These will all be checked back in on this day.   If you plan to use team equipment until the snow melts, you may- just make arrangements with Ben or myself. Thanks to Jack Greenlee for being our “fireman” and setting up our fire / roasting sticks at the Laurentian shack!  (usual school tranpsortation is provided).



But, don’t let this all of this end your personal ski time! With the superb snow conditions, warmer temps, and increased daylight, you know my mantra… “THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO SKI!”   Keep up your training- it will only help your spring sport activity. Ski some new & old trails- Big Aspen – north of Virginia, Aurora Rec trails, Colby Lake Trails (Hoyt Lakes), Carey Lake (Hibbing).


On top of that, check out the race calendar and ski a few upcoming citizen races. The “PEPSI CHALLENGE” is in your own backyard, show your local support and ski this traditional race on Saturday, March 9th. For more info- check the race out at – http://www.pepsichallengeskirace.com/pepsi.php

Some other dates to put on your calendar:


  • Sunday, March 3- Ski Banquet, 5pm at the Biwabik Pavilion
  • Saturday, April 6- Spring Magazine Drive Fundraiser at the EarthFest in Mt. Iron.



Again, my THANKS to all of you parents and skiers for your contributions during the season! We have one of the finest and most dedicated booster clubs anywhere; you all step up and lend a hand when asked- either by me, or by the staff at Giant’s Ridge! Our athletic directors and transportation people also get a nod-it isn’t easy to keep up with our schedule! Jim James, Kyle Thoreson & Kerry Bidle, (A.D.’s) along with Bob Judnick, Brian Chapman and Brown Transportation, can rest now after weekly and sometimes daily - emails & phone calls…. THANKS also to these behind the scenes ski lovers: John Filander for being our go-to-guy in with our grooming needs, (along with being the Granola Bar guy), Todd Roswold for providing us with expert tracks and perfect corduroy, Ron Kutsi is our never –tiring team photographer, Pepsi Deb Maki, for putting on such great races – the ME Invite & the Section 7 meet.   Big KUDO’s to the coaches that make everything come together: Tony Norland, Jack Jeffery, Josh & Mariah Peterson, and Ass’t coach Ben Croft.  You all know – what it is like- to coach a ski team!  I appreciate what you all bring to the Mesabi East / Virginia / Eveleth-Gilbert program. It was a fantastic ski season!!


See you on the trails.



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