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Skiers, volunteers not detered by weather


Jason Juno/Daily Globe

Randy Ahnen of Bessemer skis about 1 kilometer from the Finnish line of the Sisu Ski Fest in Ironwood on a frigid Saturday with wind chills well below zero.


IRONWOOD - As cold as it was Saturday, it's been worse for at least two of the Sisu Ski Fest winners.

They've suffered frost bite in previous cross country ski races, including to their eyes.

All four 31-kilometer race winners hailed from the Twin Cities. The lone local winner came in the 15K Classic race, Luther L. Wright High School sophomore Nick Niemi.

Sisu race officials monitored the forecast throughout the week and decided to hold the race despite a strong west wind keeping wind chills near 20 degrees below zero. A total of 448 skiers finished...

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