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Elias, Maureen and William Ndegwa and Jason and Joan Hinricks.

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St. John’s University skiers Ian Fritz and Nate Ley.

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Brittany Cullen and Tyler Johnson.

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Monica Osterholm, Norman and Eloise Ratan.

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Kurt and Laura Taken-Holtze. Kurt competed in the skate race.

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Heidi Erickson and Laura Bolstad.

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Shawn, Megan and Mike Binkowski.

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Stuart Hemphill with his kids Timo and Hayley.

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Snow sculptures near the finish line of the City of Lakes Loppet, which includes ski and skate races and other activities.

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Face Time: Luminary Loppet

  • Article by: and photos by BRE MCGEE Special to the Star Tribune
  • February 8, 2014 - 4:09 PM

 

Single-digit temps couldn’t keep skiers — and partygoers — away from the Loppet Foundation’s après ski party, which capped the City of Lakes Loppet. This year’s event drew a sellout crowd of 7,000 registered skiers for a candlelit spin around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.

The Big Tent in the temporary Loppet Village on Lake Calhoun offered a break from the frigid outdoor air, homegrown music from Twin Cities band Orange Whip, craft beer from Surly and outdoor-lover raffle packages.

“It’s my favorite race of the year,” said Nate Ley, a St. John’s University skier. “The atmosphere is great.”













 

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