Fears of California dam failure prompt evacuation

February 13
Evacuations for at least 188,000 people living below the Oroville dam in northern California were ordered Sunday after officials warned the emergency spillway was in danger of failing and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below.

The first annual Twin Cities Smoosh Invitational

February 18
Northstar Running was introduced to the wacky winter activity of smoosh racing several years ago at the International Falls Icebox Days celebration. Smoosh racing consists of teams of four people, all attached to a pair of 2x4s. Teams race around a pylon and back to the start, while trying to stay "in-sync" and complete the course as quickly as possible. This is the first official smoosh racing invitational held in the Twin Cities.