International Media Take On Ruff Northland Assignment

Created: February 02, 2018 08:02 PM

With Super Bowl LII just days away, more than 5,000 media members from around the world are in Minnesota covering the big game. But the Super Bowl experience isn't just for the fans of the game, it also gives reporters and journalists the opportunity to research local traditions they normally wouldn’t cover.

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On Friday, a pair of crews from Europe drove up from the Twin Cities to learn more about a Northland tradition, dog sledding.

The journalists from the United Kingdom and Germany were introduced to dog sledding through Positive Energy Outdoors, a not-for-profit education program that encourages people and animal powered exploration of the outdoors

Daniel Killy works in Hamburg, Germany. Killy’s says his first impression of the dog sledding camp in Gnesen Township was amazing.

"It's absolutely overwhelming. It's just totally fantastic to experience this balance between nature, animals, and humans,” said Killy

Media members were given the opportunity to meet with the dogs. Then after a short tutorial, they were allowed to have the dog take them sledding on a local course.

Outside media members were introduced to Positive Energy Outdoors via Visit Duluth through the Super Bowl Host Committee.

Maarja Anderson Hewitt with Visit Duluth was excited to show off the Northland hobby to international media.

"It's awesome. Anyone who lives here should experience this at some point. I think that people who visit Minnesota and want to experience Minnesota things, I think dog sledding is one of those things. I just did it for the first time, and it was awesome!"

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