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Join us for coverage of the 2023 John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Beargrease 2019: and the student has become ... the third place winner

Lisa Johnson, 2019

Last year, Jason Rice, then vice-president of the Beargrease board, stepped up to first-place marathon winner Ryan Redington to shake his hand and congratulate him.

"You're gonna run this team next year," said Redington.

Fast forward 12 months and that's exactly what Jason Rice did, passing Redington with Redington's own dogs and taking the third place finish in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Credit Lisa Johnson, 2019
Colleen Wallin

Rice finished behind first-place Blake Freking and second-place Jennifer Freking.  Colleen Wallin has crossed the line in fourth place.

We'll take a look at Jason's race and the rest of the upsets in this most astonishing John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, tomorrow morning at 8:00am with veteran musher, former Beargrease champion and KUMD race reporter John Stetson.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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