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The Kids Are All Right...

beth(Photo L: Four-time JOY winner Beth Zirbes, who is always prepared.)

MMA History - Great sons and daughters. Great citizens. Great people. And, oh yeah, great athletes, too.

These descriptions certainly apply to each and every Minnesota Junior of the Year. Any parent would be proud to claim any one of these kids, though most of them are not kids anymore. All have gone on to college, where they have excelled, or in the case of 2009 JOY Nick Madrinich and three-time award winner Michael Williams, are currently excelling.

Minnesota's most successful Junior was Beth Zirbes, who won the award an unprecedented four times. Beth was and is an amazing individual. An effervescent fast-talker, she is genius-bright, gregarious and energetic. And wise, too. Note ...

Women's Thursday Night Out..

Date: Thursday, December 2ndemu

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Gear West Ski & Run (gearwest.com)

* Chocolate - Wine - Conversation

* Holiday Boot & Clothing Special

* Bring a friend and recieve TWO raffle tickets for a FREE BOOT drawing! (drawing for TWO pair!)

* EMU & KEEN Trunk Show....

Confessions of a Daily Chocolate Eater...

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Going Off Course - Minneapolis triathlete Jen Martone has come a long way. Meeting her today, one would never guess that she spent much of her childhood living in a Maytag carton on the property line of the Webb's enormous backyard in Yonkers, New York. A childless older couple, Manfred and Edith Webb were happy to donate the cardboard apartment that Jen shared with her brother Adam (photo L) as long as the children never came into their house and did their toileting in neighboring yards....

Cool Holiday Racing Stuff...

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A pair of Holiday road racing classics are on the horizon. The 4th annual Fast Before the Feast 10K, 5K & 1/2 Mile Fun Run in White Bear Lake this Thursday--Thanksgiving--is expected to draw more than 1000 runners....

IMAZ-ing...

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Ironman Arizona Stuff - MTN has published a gazillion shots of the ultra-smiley and insanely photogenic Julie Hull. We should all know what she looks like by now, right?...

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