/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley Runs at Full Speed for Annual Sled Dog Race

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn - The 53,000 acres of prairie wilderness, dense forest and continuous trails are the setting for the Winter Warrior Sled Dog Race to be held Feb 15-16, 2014 on Camp Ripley

"For many years the Camp Ripley Training Area has been the safest and most accommodating controlled environment for military and civilian agencies to conduct full spectrum operations," said Chief Warrant officer Two Dan Bednarek "The usefulness of this environment for sporting events such as the Winter Warrior Sled Dog Race, and many others, has proven how it benefits the community," he added

For the second year in a row, the North Star Sled Dog Club has used the trails throughout Camp Ripley training areas for competition in 3 to 45 mile races Although generally open to the public, the areas north of post are for training purposes and closed to external use

"Most events are held along state trails accessible to snowmobilers and skiers and occasionally, the trails will cross roads which cause a safety hazard for the racers and their teams," said Bob Bzdok, Musher from Rice, Minn

The two-day event is just one of a variety of activities conducted during the winter around Central Minnesota Many of the activities that take place on Camp Ripley are not only available for Service-members and their families, but open to the public as well

"It's exciting to be a part of the crowd and cheer on the teams," said Staff Sgt Tim Krouth of the Camp Ripley Visitors Bureau "We don't get too many opportunities to see a sport like this in action locally," added Krouth

"Of course, the dogs are the most popular aspect of the sport, but we could not have made the event happen without the support of the Camp Ripley Staff," said Mrs Sally Bair, North Star Sled Dog Club

With the coordination from Camp Ripley Staff and continuous maintenance conducted by the Roads and Grounds department, the trails and staging areas ready for the event despite the changing weather conditions

"The beautiful, snow-covered trails along the Mississippi on Camp Ripley are groomed and the mushers are geared up for a fantastic weekend of competition," said Bair

Although the North Star Sled Dog Club has organized races in Minnesota since the 1960s, the Winter Warrior Race, part of the 'Spirit of the North' competition circuit, is new to Morrison County and offers an exciting activity venue for Service-members and civilians alike

Feb 14, 2014
By: Army Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

Download photos

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

100 Years Ago, Camp Cody's "Grand Old Man" formed 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
Gen. Augustus Blocksom Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917.

Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.

Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.

Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico - It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29 states have been deployed to the island and are helping in any way they can.

Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.

Article archive