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

Beargrease 2019: Frekings take Beargrease with a one-two punch!

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Nicole and Elena Freking will have some pretty good stuff to share at show-and-tell when they get back to school.

Their parents, Blake and Jennifer Freking, took first and second place in the 35th running of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

But the drama of this race, with a new, shortened course and new finish lines, is far from over.

In a contest thought even this morning to belong to Ryan Redington,  became an upset this afternoon when Redington experienced an unknown difficulty on the train.  KUMD race reporter, Beargrease champion and veteran musher, John Stetson, says he suspects Redington's dogs just "quit on him."

That opened the door for Blake Freking, who had been keeping a steady pace in the number two position.  Then as the evening wore on, the competition for second place switched rapidly between  Jennifer Freking, Jason Rice, Ryan Redington and Colleen Wallin.

Credit Lisa Johnson, 2019
Who will take third place?

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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