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

Beargrease 2019: thrilling - despite "the miserable factor"

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What happened to Ryan Redington?  And will he pull a repeat of 2017/2018 when he ran the course, made corrections, and roared back to a championship the next year?

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Blake and Jennifer Freking

Are the Frekings (with a one-two finish in the marathon for Blake and Jennifer and a 3rd/6th finish in the Cub Run for daughters Nicole and Elena) on the brink of a mushing dynasty?

And who gets the credit for Jason Rice's third place finish?  His team?  His coach?  Or the Rookie of the Year himself?

No one else but our former Beargrease champion, veteran musher and KUMD race reporter John Stetson could put it all together.

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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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