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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Snowshoe, hike in Afton Saturday

A candlelight snowshoe and hike along a two-mile trail are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Afton State Park. Candle luminaries will be set out along trails and, depending on the cloud cover, a section of the easy cross-country ski loop may also be open. There will be places to warm up and refreshments afterward in the trail center. For more information, and to reserve snowshoes, call the park, (651) 436-5391. It is located in Minnesota seven miles south on Hwy. 95 and three miles east on County 20.

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Birkie set Feb. 19-21

The 36th annual American Birkebeiner cross country ski races are scheduled Feb. 19-21 in Cable and Hayward. Nearly 10,000 skiers will join the colorful pageantry. While over 7,000 skiers set their sights on the American Birkebeiner and Kortelopet, another 2,500 arrive for the shorter races and events that dominate the three-day event. The Birke is considered the largest and most prestigious cross country ski marathon in North America. Spanning more than 50 kilometers from Cable to Hayward, the Birkie is part of the Worldloppet series of 15 international races. For more information, or to register, visit www.birkie.com, e-mail birkie@birkie.com or call (715) 634-5025.

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