Around Town – Jan. 27, 2023

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It’s going to be an eventful weekend around the Northland. Best of all, most of the items on this list are free.

Cutest Puppy Contest

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

What more could you want on a cold January Saturday than a Cutest Puppy Contest? The Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is again putting on the contest at Fitger’s. Show up there to pet puppies and vote for your favorite. It’s free to attend, but please leave your own pets at home.

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon start

John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon begins at 10 a.m. Sunday. Nearly 60 teams and mushers will take off from Billy’s Bar, headed either 40, 120 or 300 miles up the North Shore. There are shuttles running from Lot W at UMD.

Icebox Days

International Falls Chamber of Commerce

At the border, it’s Icebox Days in International Falls. It’s the 43rd year of the event. Activities include the “Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run,” kids’ games, a toilet seat toss, fireworks and more.

Lake Superior Ice Festival

Lake Superior Ice Festival

Superior is also embracing the ice this weekend. It’s the free Lake Superior Ice Festival on and around Barkers Island. See the ice sculptures, enjoy local food and drinks, and bring the kids for indoor activities Friday and Saturday.

If you have an event you’d like to be considered next weekend, email