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Mentor List: USA - Minnesota

Updated: 11 August 2014

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Name: Mark Black
Hometown:
Duluth, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance and general
E-mail address:
buttheadblack@aol.com
Phone: (218) 721-3151
Experience:
I have been running sled dogs since 1977, getting serious with the addition of my wife in 1989. We have 23 adult Alaskan Huskies, 10 yearlings and 2 puppies. I have raced the Empire, Esslinger, Mid-Minnesota, Up200, Wildcat Marathon, Iditarod, and the Beargrease 11 times. My wife has raced the Empire, Mid-Minnesota, UP 200, Beargrease mid-distance, and Hinckley stage race. Our main goal is to race a happy dog team. We have received the "best cared for" team award three times. At our kennel, the dogs come first!!!. Getting ready for Iditarod 2001!!!


Name: Dan "Trapper" Bergerson
Hometown:
Grand Rapids, MN
Will mentor by: 
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and general
E-mail address:
dbergerson@mnpower.com
Phone: 218-326-9775
Experience:
I have been racing distance and mid-distance for 9 years and have had a very successful career. We have raced in the John Beargrease Marathon, 190 and 100, UP 200 and Midnight Run and also many other races.  We have been honored with receiving the Best Cared For Team award four times.  Our kennel is relatively small , but our philosophy is, it is better to have Quality dogs and take care of them properly than to have Quantity of dogs.  We have had a great training program that has worked well and will be willing to show you how to train your dogs to respond and work for you.


Name: Joe Cappuccino
Hometown:
Hinckley, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
cadenceracinghuskies@pinenet.com
Phone:
320-384-0396
Experience:
30+ years in sprint racing, limited classes thru 10 dog with Alaskan/Siberian Huskies


Name: Jennifer & Blake Freking
Hometown:
Finland, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
manitoucrossing@lakenet.com
Phone:
218-220-7929
Experience:
Blake and Jennifer own Manitou Crossing Kennels, home of the Jedeye Siberian Huskies, and have been racing Siberians since 1990. Blake is an Iditarod and Yukon Quest Veteran and 2004 Beargrease Champion. Jennifer finished 2nd in the 2005 Beargrease Marathon and 3rd in the 2003 Beargrease 150. We both enjoy meeting and helping other mushers!


Name: Art Gloor
Hometown:
Bovey, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance
E-mail address:
artg@uslink.net
Phone:
218-262-1965
Experience:
I have 6 years experience in mid-distance racing. My kennel is 40-strong and we are breeding our own Alaskan Huskies now. I've run the John Beargrease 150, UP 100, and Grand Portage 150.


Name: Chuck Gould
Hometown:
Isabella, Minnesota
Will mentor by:
phone, in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation, skijoring, sprint, general
Phone:
218-365-2076
Experience: I have 32 years of experience in sprint racing, training dogs is my main area of interest with Alaskan Huskies and hybrids.  I am interested in working with beginning mushers to assist them in training their dogs and making a dog team.


Name: Troy Groeneveld
Hometown:
Hastings, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance and general
E-mail: tensquar@cpinternet.com
Phone:
651-436-7083
Experience:
At age 25 I have handled and raced for four large competitive distance kennels in the 6-dog class and up. I've been driving dogs for 7 years and working on my Iditarod and Quest qualifications, and am a sled builder also.


Name:  Bruce Hosking
Hometown:
Cloquet, MN
Will mentor by: 
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and general
E-mail address:
pameiyut@AOL.com
Phone:
218-879-1466
Experience:
I have 23 years experience as a recreational musher running Siberian Huskies. I have been a handler for 15 years in the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, as well as numerous mid-distance races.


Name:  Sam & Laurie Huber
Hometown:
Alexandria, MN
Will mentor by: 
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and general
E-mail address:
slhuber@gctel.net  
Phone:
320-762-8254
Experience:
We started training sled dogs in 2000. Our experience is mostly mid-distance. We have raced the Empire, Race for the Gold, Park Falls race, Mid-MN, Beargrease, Wyoming Mountain Musher's race in Wycolo, Wolftrack, and more. We have Alaskan Huskies. Our goals are to raise healthy, happy and quality dogs. Having sled dogs is a big commitment, and a lifestyle that we enjoy. If you would like more info feel free to contact us.


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Name: 
Mel Ikola
Hometown:
Twin Cities, MN
Will mentor by: 
email and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation and general
E-mail address:
dogsled15@yahoo.com
Experience:
Hi! I'm 15 and have more than a year experience in rec. with two Alaskan Huskies. I have not yet raced, but want to. I am a city kid looking to mentor other city kids, and/or whoever needs it. http://www.littlewolfkennels.com


Name:  Bill Johnson
Hometown:
International Falls, MN
Will mentor by: 
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation and general
E-mail address:
wildbill@northwinds.net
Phone:
218-286-5849
Experience:
I have 7 years in recreational mushing, including maximum distances of about 40 miles.  Started winter camping last winter.  Now have 10 Alaskan Huskies.  Glad to pass on tips or answer questions.


Name:  Rick Johnson
Hometown:
Mahtowa, MN
Will mentor by: 
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
ahregah@q.com
Phone:
218-389-6818
Experience:
I have 30 years experience in sprint racing, primarily in 4, 6 and 10 dog class with Alaskan Husky hound crosses. I also do a lot of work on trail preparation and with race giving organizations.


Name: Ryan Kelly
Hometown:
Chisholm, MN
Will mentor by: 
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and general
E-mail address:
rkelly1@range.fairview.org
Phone:
218-254-7319
Experience:
I have been mushing for 9 years, mostly just recreational. I have competed in the Empire 6 dog, the Beargrease 190, the Madeline island Sled Dog race,the Husquevarna 160 and have handled for the Beargrease. I particularly enjoy winter camping and BWCA dogsledding.


Name:  Bonnie & Brad King
Hometown:
Oronoco, MN
Will mentor by: 
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, skijoring and general
E-mail address:
bonnie.king@cancer.org
Phone:
507-367-2451
Experience:
We have 10 Alaskan Huskies. My husband has been doing this for over 15 years. Originally he took a class on it in Community Ed and then went with a musher on a race trip and then he got his own dogs and has been doing it ever since. We currently mush on our own property in Oronoco, but recently took up the dryland sport and competed at the Byllesby Dryland Classic in Cannon Falls. It is a super fun sport for all ages!


Name: Rita Lensing
Hometown:
Schroeder, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail
Will mentor in:
distance and recreation
E-mail address:
rital@boreal.org
Experience:
I have been involved in distance and mid-distance mushing for about 8 years.  I have had my own team for the last two years.


Name: Peter McClelland
Hometown:
Ely, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation and general
E-mail address:
info@whitewilderness.com
Phone:
218-365-6363
Experience:
I have 10 years experience. I have a sled dog touring business and am getting started in distance racing. Have worked with Eskimo dogs but only Alaskans currently.


Name: Jason & Jill Montzka 
Hometown: Morris, MN
Will mentor by: e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in: distance, recreation, and general
E-mail address: jasonmontzka@hotmail.com  or monkeyjean05@hotmail.com
Phone: 320-589-1381
Experience: We have 5 years of experience at mushing. We run 8 Dog to open classes and we own and race mostly Alaskans and we have a couple Siberian Huskies left. We do mostly mid distance racing. Jason has raced Mid-Minnesota, Empire, Race for Gold, and other races. We have a smaller kennel consisting of 20 dogs and we have one litter of puppies every year. We are always willing to help someone who is looking at starting in this great sport.


Name: Linda Newman
Hometown:
Hovland, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail and phone
Will mentor in:
recreation
E-mail address:
linda@points-unknown.com
Phone:
218.370.0283
Experience:
14 years of dog mushing experience and over 21 years of dog training experience. Our dogs are traditional trap line style Alaskan Huskies. Visit our website at http://www.points-unknown.com/


Name: Julie O'Connor
Hometown:
Duluth, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
race handling
E-mail address:
jpmcocon@aol.com
Phone:
218-628-3329
Experience:
I'm willing to mentor people in the area of RACE HANDLING, checkpoint readiness, physical and mental demands that handlers need to deal with.  I've been a race handler for 10 years and have been teaching handler training seminars for the past 6 years.  Pre-race planning and coordination (combined with a BIG dose of flexibility) can make or break a race!


Name: Jennifer Peer
Hometown:
Princeton, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
minnesotamalamutes@yahoo.com
Phone:
763-546-0218
Experience:
I have been mushing 19 inconsecutive years, recreationally and in sprint races. I began with Huskies but now run Malamutes, so I have experience with both. I am an experienced professional dog trainer as well.


Name: Neal Seeger
Hometown: Detroit Lakes, MN
Will mentor by: e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in: recreation, sprint and general
E-mail: nlseeger@arvig.net  
Phone: 218-847-1013
Experience: Our family has been running dogs since 1993. We started with Siberian Huskies and in 2002 changed to Alaskan Huskies. We race sprint, recreational and mid distance. We help put on races, teach school children, boy scouts, and give rides to local people. I run a construction business so my time is limited to train for major races. I try to improve equipment, kennel, and training each year.


Name: Claire Seekins
Hometown: Cambridge, MN
Will mentor by: e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in: distance, sprint and general
E-mail: claire.b.seekins@wellsfargo.com  
Phone: 763-689-1132
Experience: I bring over ten years experience managing a sled dog kennel that includes a mid distance/stage team and sprint team. We have about 30 adults racing. I also breed from champion lines--both Alaskans and Eurohounds. We try to have a handler each year that is interested in running both sprint and distance and learning about huskies through boundary water sled dog camping.


Name: Al & Ann Stead
Hometown:
Duluth, MN
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
northome@centurylink.net
Phone:
218.525.2139
Experience:
Al & I have been involved with raising, training and racing AKC Siberian Huskies for over 30 years.  We've raced all sprint classes as well as middle distance events including a triathlon.  We were involved in the production of the Iron Will movie - Ann as a full-time trainer - as well as providing dogs for the hero and his father's team.  Ann, with training partner Jamie Nelson, currently teaches Mushing Boot Camp which focuses on the basics of training sled dogs.


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