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Cindy Gallea to compete in 12th Iditarod


Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

Cindy Gallea runs a dog sled team near Wykoff, Minn. in preparation for the 2014 Iditarod which begins March 1st. Photo by Barb Jeffers

While some people in this area complain about the cold and the snow of winter, there are others whose passion depends on such conditions.

Cindy Gallea of Wykoff, Minn. has a passion for dog sled racing or “mushing” and the snow we now have in Fillmore County helps her keep her dogs training and preparing for races such as the well-know Iditarod that begins this year on March 1, 2014.

This will be Gallea’s 12th Iditarod and the preparation for such an important and grueling race is constant, difficult, and complicated. Being prepared for the Iditarod does not start shortly before the race. It takes year-round training and planning.

Cindy Gallea graduated with a B.S. in Nursing in 1973 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. followed by earning her Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1990.

In 1990 Gallea moved to Montana where she was able to train her dogs with ease due to favorable conditions. In 2010 she moved back to Minnesota to be closer to her parents who live in Gaylord, Minn. Gallea stated, “I couldn’t leave my dogs behind”, so she and the dogs found their new home near Wykoff where Gallea operates Snowcrest Racing Sled Dogs.

Gallea has been mushing for 27 years and completed her first Iditarod at age 47. The time spent training the dogs is a huge time commitment and the cost can be staggering. Gallea approximates she spends from 18 to 24 hours a week on training runs. This increases to as much as 35 to 40 hours a week at the peak of training. This is in addition to dog care, food preparation, planning trips to races and so much more. It’s easy to say this is not a hobby it is a way of life.

The dogs recently got in some good training from January 12 - 15, 2014 when Gallea competed in an organized training event in the UP of Michigan. She also entered the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon in late January 2014 which began in Duluth, Minn.

Gallea balances her time between mushing and her work as a Nurse Practitioner in the Oncology Department at the Mayo Clinic Methodist Campus in Rochester, Minn. She has been a Nurse Practitioner for 24 years and has been employed by Mayo Clinic for over three years.

After working all day, Gallea comes home and takes care of the dogs. On days off from work, she selects a team to run out of her approximately 50 dogs, sometimes running late into the .....
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“Love is Love” for Wykoff newlyweds

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Features

August 1, 2013 brought a very special couple together in marriage. Every wedding day is special, as was this one, but the day was special for more than only the couple being married. It was a special day because it was the first day that this coupl ..... 
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“Love is Love” for Wykoff newlyweds

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Features

August 1, 2013 brought a very special couple together in marriage. Every wedding day is special, as was this one, but the day was special for more than only the couple being married. It was a special day because it was the first day that this coupl ..... 
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Thompson Motors rolls with the changes

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Features

Since first opening the doors in 1940, Thompson Motors of Wykoff, Minn. has learned to roll with the changes in order to keep the business not only surviving but thriving. Started by Charles Thompson as a general repair shop and filling station, th ..... 
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