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REMEMBERING BARRY ZeVAN

Those locals who were around in the 1970s and 80s are likely familiar with KSTP and KARE TV’s “Peek-a-Boo” weatherman, who nightly reported the temperature in Bird Island, Minnesota, leading to the popular query, “Where the hell is Bird Island anyway?” Barry ZeVan had a longtime friendship with Alice Williamson, who for many years was…

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Sadly, we announce the passing on New Year’s Day, of Barry ZeVan. Following is his final article for the MSC/Sportster:

Skiers and ‘boarders are headed this season to Banff, Alberta or Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia in Canada, March 1st through the 7th. Sitzmark Ski Club will be skiing two of the world’s most justifiably celebrated and popular areas. I’ve skied both of them several times. In my opinion, they’re truly North America’s “Alps”, especially applicable to Whistler-Blackcomb, which I’ll describe farther into this article. But first:

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What’s the latest at 3M Ski, Snowboard and Social Club

The members of 3M Ski, Snowboard and Social Club had a busy fall and are looking forward to several events and ski trips as we enter into winter. The club held two wine tasting events this fall – true to the “social” part of our club name. To get fired up for the ski season many members attended the latest Warren Miller movie, called Timeless. Thirsty Thursday opened the door to fine ale and dance and we resurrected our holiday party. Now members of 3M are looking forward to a winter of fun activities on the slope.

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HIAWATHA BICYCLING CLUB is not in hibernation mode

It’s cold and snowy, so most of the Hiawatha Bicycle Club members have stowed away their bicycles for the winter. But we are not in hibernating! Some are getting into fat biking and we have our HBC Winter Walker sessions going on. Soon our Smart Cycling educational series will start and of course, many members are planning on taking in some of the MSC trips. Plus, our first Friday of the month Birthday Bash continues at the Edina D’Amico’s Restaurant, usually with a walk beforehand.

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ULLR Ski Club slides into its 70th year with a full schedule of fun

Ullrs had a very busy fall hiking, and now its time to focus on winter activities while preparing for the clubs 70th anniversary celebration at the Spring Banquet. With several autumn hikes on the 2019 calendar, a full moon outing at the Richardson Nature Center was one of the highlights. Several club bike rides allowed members and guests to explore several trails throughout Minnesota. Now, as the calendar fills with snowshoe and downhill ski outings, our western trip is to Big Sky, Montana, in March. Check out all the fun activities on our events calendar.

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The Midwest Sportster (formerly the Minnesota Skier) is the official publication of the Midwest Sport/Ski Council.  It provides a forum for the clubs to share information about trips and other activities.  It contains ads from the clubs and paid advertising from industry vendors, which provide information about trips, ski areas, lodging, transportation, and equipment. It was published every four months in newspaper format, and was changed to a three month electronic format in July 2017.

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