Updated: 12/04/2013 11:12 PM
Created: 12/03/2013 7:32 PM WDIO.com
By: Laura Kennedy
They're tough, fearless, and have pink numbers on their sleds.
These are the women of the snocross pro am circuit. Like their male counterparts, they spend the winter chasing an adrenaline rush.
"Well, it's kind of scary, but it's a lot of fun. You have to kind of let go of your fear and just go and do it," said Hailee Petosky.
Snocross is often a family affair. For Hailee and her sister, Courtney, racing together doesn't mean going easy each other.
"When we get close or we get in each other's way, we get a little rough," Hailee said.
"Either she pushes me out, or I push her out," Courtney said. "I try to do what I can to get her away from me."
Nineteen-year-old Courtney and 15-year old Hailee have been battling on the track for eight years. They are encouraged to see more and more women joining them at the starting line.
"You see a totally different side to the sport when you're a female," Courtney said. "It's a good feeling to be able to keep up in the pro women and know that I can be a pro, just like the men can."
"Trying to break into something that's more male dominant kind of makes you feel cool," Hailee said. "No one else knows that women are involved in this kind of thing, and it's cool being one of those women."
Both sisters made the final at the Amsoil Duluth National, but it was Marica Renheim of Sweden who took the checkers.
"I had a great start today, and that's unusual for me," Renheim said. "Then I just did my own race and it went good."
Renheim is proud to inspire other young athletes, and not just the girls.
"It means a lot. It's good for all the women to see that a girl can win this too, and I love that," Renheim said. "There are many boys actually that think it's fun when girls ride."
Public Comments on Soo Line Ore Dock's Future
About a month ago, Ashland acquired the Soo Line Ore dock back from the Canadian National Railroad company. On Tuesday, the dock finally opened. They had a "Docks n' Brats" celebration as a way to gain community input for the future of the site.
Minntac in Mt. Iron Waiting for Permits
Senator Al Franken took a tour of the Northland's largest mine on Tuesday. He also pledged to call about a permitting issue that he's weighed in on before. His challenger, Republican Mike McFadden, also weighed in permitting.
Duluth Man Asks City Leaders to Address Memorial Crime
One Duluth Man is asking city leaders for their help in making the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial a more safe and clean place.
State Will Help Moose Lake Build School If Referendum Passes
It's almost time for kids to head back to school, but in Moose Lake school officials hope their students will be in a new school by 2016. For the fifth time, the school district is asking tax payers to vote yes on a bond referendum this November. The tax hike has been hard to sell in the past, but this year it's a very different story.
Fire Discovered on One of the Apostle Islands
It turns out there's been a fire burning on one of the Apostle Islands for nearly a month, but no one noticed until last week. Park officials believe lightning started the fire in late July, and rain and humid conditions have limited the fire's growth.