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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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Randy L. Meyer

Tue, Feb 11th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Randy L. Meyer, age 54, of rural Wykoff, Minn., passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, February 10, 2014, at his residence. Randy was born September 25, 1959, in Rochester the son of Kermit and Louella (Albrecht) Meyer. He was raised in the Fil ..... 
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Kingsland discusses impact of snow days

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All members were present with the exception of Steve Tart. Superintendant John McDonald was also present. Following the Pledge of Allegi ..... 
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Problem solved but problem remains for City of Wykoff

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Progress Edition

In an interesting turn of events, it was decided that Steve Bushman would provide consultation during the construction of the waste treatment plant for the City of Wykoff. Previously, Bushman had visited with the council and offered his services in D ..... 
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Kingsland Superintendent McDonald discusses proposed one site location

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Jackie Horsman Over the past few years, Kingsland has been a school that has made leaps and bounds in the academic realm. It is now considered by many to be one of the most progressive and cutting edge schools in Minnesota, as well as a model f ..... 
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Letter about the Wykoff school...

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I totally concur with the letter by Lynn Kidd in the December 23 edition regarding the closing of the school in Wykoff. I served from 1999-06 at principal/teacher at St. John Lutheran in Wykoff. We were very appreciative of the exce ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department settles new contract with Wykoff

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

An updated contract with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department was approved at the December 9 Wykoff City Council meeting. The previous contract had been in effect for over 20 years and needed language updates and a liability clause to comply w ..... 
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Wykoff resident speaks out against Kingsland Board’s proposed closure of middle school

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

On October 21, the Kingsland School Board voted unanimously to close the middle school location in Wykoff and move to a single site school in Spring Valley. Along with the closure would come a referendum that would need to be approved to expand the ..... 
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