The following letter was received in Letters to the Editor in the Mining Journal. The letter is from Frank and Sherri Moe. Our good wishes continue to go out to them and we are delighted to hear that the dogs are recovering and Frank is racing once again.
March 10, 2013
The Mining Journal
To the Journal editor:
Marquette area friends: Sherri and I have been overwhelmed with the well wishes and financial support from you.
Marquette has always been our favorite race city because of you all, how friendly you are and how you’ve opened your homes and hearts to us and our dogs.
Our recent tragedy was one that will take us some time to work through but your kindness and generosity is going a long way to help us.
We spent the day after we received your cards, reading them and thinking about all of you, your gifts and kind inspiring words.
The volunteers immediately after we were struck worked tirelessly to help us recover and care for all our dogs.
The veterinarians in particular were brilliant in their work, led by Gwinn’s Dr. Jeanie Wilcox. Please thank her too if any of you have a chance. She and her staff worked around the clock for three days to care for the injured dogs and as a result they will all likely race again.
Cowboy and Boo continue to receive care here but they are happy at home at our kennel near Grand Marais, Minn.
We may be absent for a while from the U.P. 200 but your love and kindness have helped the wounds to begin to heal and will ultimately allow our return to your beautiful city.
Frank, Sherri Moe
Grand Marais, Minn.
and of course Cowboy, Boo,
Winnie, Nita, Wolf, Storm, Esther, Ajax, Tulip, Moo, Tina and our beloved Pony whose spirit will
always run in the woods of the U.P.
Donations can still be made through the Mining Journal to continue to assist with Veterinary expenses. Address is below.
“The UPSDA Board would like to express our deepest condolences to the Moes on the loss of their beloved dog, Pony. We continue to keep the Moes and their injured dogs in our thoughts. It has always been our goal to create the safest possible race trail, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that an accident like this never happens again. Moving forward, we will seek input from mushers, judges, our trail crew, longtime volunteers, coordinators and other parties. We will continue to listen to your comments and suggestions; please know we are taking them into very serious consideration. We will post updates as we move forward.”
“Many of you have expressed interest in passing on your condolences directly to the Moes and in donating to help relieve some of their veterinary expenses. Cards and donations can dropped off at the Mining Journal offices in Marquette or Ishpeming, or can be mailed to the Mining Journal at P.O. Box 430, Marquette, MI 49855. Checks should be made payable to “Frank Moe” and his name should also be on the envelope to help separate them from other items arriving at the paper. Many thanks to the Mining Journal, our long time UP200 sponsor for their willingness to set up and maintain this fund.”
Mike Bestgen wins MIDNIGHT RUN and Al Borak places 2nd.
Mushers are later than usual finishing in Munising, due to the 18 ” of show that fell overnight !Posted in Uncategorized |
A Girl and Her Dogs
by Deana Deck
Sometimes she’s racing a team of sled dogs. Most days she’s racing through an unbelievable daily schedule that includes spending hours on training runs, poop scooping, feeding and training 55 sled dogs and nurturing a four-year-old daughter, Jona. (Just getting Jona in to preschool once a week requires an 80-mile one-way trip.) Zoya and her husband – business partner and fellow musher John Schandelmeier — also operate a sled dog rehab center, host tours of their Crazy Dog Kennel, offer sled dog rides, racing clinics, summertime wilderness camping trips and manage the kennel’s sponsors, finances and donors.
“I’m running a marathon,” she laughs. “But this is what I do. Maybe a few years from now I can slow down. I daydream of slipping into a hot tub with a lot of candles around!”
The dream may have to stay on hold a while longer. This will be the Iditarod veteran’s second attempt at the UP 200 – an event her husband aced in 1995. She was registered for the 2006 race but truck problems intervened.
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Many thanks go out to LOWES for their assistance this year with a major issue. We always have a dog box trailer which is used to pick up injured or tired dogs along the trail. Ours was in horrible condition. Doug Sanford, who works at LOWES asked them if they could help. LOWES not only provided all materials to build the dog box trailer, but also allowed employees to work on and build the trailer during their work hours. We are so grateful for their generosity. Important to note are the tires which were generously donated by POMP’S Tires. POMP’S has been a race supporter for many years. In addition, LOWES is also providing a box truck and a driver for START/FINISH the night of the race. Thanks again to both LOWES and POMP’S.Posted in Uncategorized |
For the past 23 years, the Holiday Inn has been both our host hotel and the home of the UP200/Midnight Run Headquarters. We appreciate your continued support.Posted in Uncategorized |
Sled banners are for sale with your business or family name painted on them. The banners are attached to one or both sides of the mushers sled and will run the race with the sled. It’s great advertising! Following the race, you will receive your banner as well as a picture of the musher who donned it. The banners are $80.00 for one side of the sled and $140.00 for both sides. If you are interested, please contact Patty Holman at 906-362-9203 or 906-475-6059 or email her at email@example.com.Posted in Uncategorized |
One of the important ways the UP 200 raises money to support the races each year is through our Silent Auction. The Auction runs from Wednesday morning, February 13th until Noon on Sunday, February17th of race week at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. We are always seeking donations to make the auction bigger and better. Please attend the Auction at the Holiday Inn and place your bids on all of our great items! If you would like to donate to the auction, please contact Patty Holman at 906-362-9203 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted in Uncategorized |
The UP200 Sled Dog Association announces that for the first time they will offer a purse of $1000 dollars to be paid to places 1 through 8 in the JackPine 30.Posted in Uncategorized |
Renewal letters were recently sent to Mile Club Members. In error it stated that the Jack Pine 30 race would start in Gwinn and finish in Marquette. This will be the first year that the race will START AND FINISH in Gwinn. We apologize for the error.Posted in Uncategorized |
UPSDA board members were at the Westwood Mall beginning ‘Black Friday” ( and throughout December ) selling Sayklly Yooper bars as a fundraiser for two long time volunteers. Both have cancer and are undergoing treatment. The money raised will help with expenses. While the sales at the Mall have ended, the candy bars are still available at Bayshore Vet, Rio Tinto, The Mining Journal, Marquette Community Federal Credit Union, The Point and from board members. Throughout Race week, candy bars will be available at the Holiday Inn in the merchandise room and at the Grand Marais checkpoint. In addition Carol Steinhaus Events Planning students will be selling them on the NMU campus during University events.Posted in Uncategorized |
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