For 22 years Kathy Donnelly, Special Winter Olympics coordinator from the Brainerd School District, has watched hordes of excited youngsters descend from their buses bundled up to their ears in warm winter clothes and ready for action.
Approximately 250 people enjoyed a winter outing last Thursday at Confidence Learning Center. The temperature was a bit brisk, but the sunshine made it a nice day to be outside.
"This is the best snow we have had for years," said Bob Slaybaugh, camp director.
Students from Crosby-Ironton, Brainerd, Verndale, Staples-Motley, Long Prairie, Pine River-Backus, Northland, Onamia, Little Falls, Wadena Deer-Creek and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley-Nevis attended.
The Merrifield Marathon Snowmobile Club has given snowmobile rides at these events for the past 20 years. Today these volunteers put 100 miles on their sleds while giving 4-mile round-trip tours of Sylvan Lake.
Tubing can sometimes be a train -- this one had only two tubes, but as many as four tubes can come down the hill hooked together.
Al and Linda Larson and Holly Crimshaw brought their teams of sled dogs to circle the track with willing riders. Other activities included face painting, tubing, ice fishing, snow-shoeing and visits to the animal shelter.
Mary Harder, volunteer director at Confidence Learning Center, said volunteers numbered 55. They included UFFDA, BHS Rotary Inter Act Club, BHS Kiwanis Key Club, BHS Face Painters, Pequot Lakes Health and Wellness Class, RSVP, John Redebaugh, Duffy Selvaag, Jason Rasinski and Liza Gropper.
Next month the Area 5 Special Olympians will attend a March 17 swim meet at Little Falls Middle School.
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