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MUSH MADNESS: ROSEMARY WOZNIAK’S PROFILE OF DOGSLED RACER PAIGE DROBNY

Paige DAs the 2014 Iditarod Dog Sled Race continues I once again turn you over to my sister Rosemary Wozniak, Balladeer’s Blog’s Official Iditarod Correspondent. Take it away, Rose! 

As I have mentioned on my Facebook Page, a woman has not won the Iditarod since 1990. I am hoping that this year one of the women mushers will win. Today I am going to write about Paige Drobny who will be running in her second Iditarod.

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AS MUSH MADNESS CONTINUES ROSEMARY WOZNIAK PROFILES IDITAROD PARTICIPANT KATHERINE KEITH

Katherine KeithAs the 2014 Iditarod Dog Sled Race continues I once again turn you over to my sister Rosemary Wozniak, Balladeer’s Blog’s Official Iditarod Correspondent. Take it away, Rose! 

As I have mentioned on my Facebook Page, a woman has not won the Iditarod since 1990. I am hoping that this year one of the women mushers will win.

Today I am going to write about an Iditarod rookie…Katherine Keith.
According to her official biography on the Iditarod website Katherine, 35, was born in Minnesota and lived there until completing high school at which point Katherine decided that it was time to pursue her dream of Continue reading

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ROSEMARY WOZNIAK PRESENTS THE DEEDEE JONROWE MUSH MADNESS PROFILE

DeeDee JonroweBalladeer’s Blog throws it back to my sister Rosemary, Glitternight.com’s Official Iditarod Correspondent for another look at a participant in the 2014 Iditarod Dogsled Race. This time the featured Musher is DeeDee Jonrowe, Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: “Juneau” Jonrowe. Now over to Rosemary: 

Today I am going to write about another of my favorites of the veteran women mushers…DeeDee Jonrowe.
According to her official biography on the Iditarod website http://iditarod.com/race/2014/mushers/95-DeeDee-Jonrowe/  , DeeDee Jonrowe, 60, was born in Frankfort Germany while her father was in the military. The family moved to Alaska in 1971.

DeeDee has a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and Continue reading

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MUSH MADNESS: ROSEMARY WOZNIAK TAKES A LOOK AT IDITAROD VETERAN ALIY ZIRKLE

Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are very familiar with my sister Rosemary’s contributions as Glitternight.com’s official Iditarod Correspondent. Rosemary is a sort of good will ambassador for that annual event in Alaska and here she is with her latest piece – a look at female musher Aliy Zirkle: Official Balladeer’s Blog nickname – “Absolute Zero” to match her initials. Take it away, Rosemary!

Here we are in below-freezing temperatures with several inches of snow in Northern Virginia. The mushers participating in the 42nd Iditarod Race which had its Continue reading

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SPECIAL GUEST COMMENTATOR ROSEMARY WOZNIAK BREAKS DOWN THE IDITAROD

Iditarod Dogs Racing togetherBalladeer’s Blog welcomes my sister Rosemary as a guest commentator to share her enthusiasm for the upcoming Iditarod Race. She is a terrific Good Will Ambassador for the event and has gotten me and several other people into following the event each year.

Balladeer’s Blog will once again offer updates on the race as it progresses, complete with each competitor’s Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname. For instance four-time Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey, known to my readers as “The Mad Musher”. Now over to Rosemary, after this reminder that the 2013 race will begin on March 3rd.

Rosemary: Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be alone in the Alaska wilderness…just you and maybe 18 well-trained sled dogs pulling your sled?  Well, I have.  I have been a fan and a follower of the Iditarod Race since the early 1990s and since around 2004 I’ve been able to virtually experience the thrills and spills of the race; admire the fortitude of the mushers and the Continue reading

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INUIT DEITY: INUGPASUG

 INUGPASUG – This god was a giant who could be said to fall under the mythological category of a “divine geographer”, like Khong Lo in Vietnamese myths and Halmang in Korean myths.

Such figures are revered as having sculpted and/or created many of the world’s geographical features. In the case of Inugpasug, the Shaktoolik Peninsula in Alaska, Egg Island, Besboro Island and many other landmarks in regions occupied by the Inuits.

In some traditions Inugpasug was the Continue reading

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IDITAROD 2012: THE WRAPUP

 Everyone remembers that Dallas “The Kid” Seavey won the Iditarod back on the 13th. He is the youngest winner of the Iditarod in history adding another milestone after last year’s Arctic John Baker being the first native Alaskan to win the event. Here is the finishing order as of March 17th complete with the competitors’ Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname:

1. Dallas the Kid Seavey *** 2. Alaska Ally Zirkle *** 3. Rainy Pass Ramey Smith *** 4. Continue reading

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