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Midwest Sled Dog Symposium

Midwest Sled Dog Symposium and Teacher's Conference


On September 28th join us in welcoming our speakers for 2013:  

  • Born to Run author and Photographer Albert Lewis of Reno, NV will share his entertaining stories from his travels around Alaska photographing the superstar dogs of the Iditarod
  • Race Volunteer Panel...learn how to get involved in both smaller and larger races and hear stories from some long time race volunteers 
  • Before the Race...UP 200 training, preparation and conditioning.  Panel of UP 200 vets and mushers
  • Mushing in the Classroom...a variety of speakers will be presenting ways to get your students, administrators and fellow teachers excited about sled dogs
  • Gear basics...Tim VanderMeulen will work on building dog houses and teach lessons in working with ropes, ganglines, and more

Click on Symposium Schedule for full event information. 

Albert Lewis, photographer of Born to Run, Athletes of the Iditarod 
  • Is offering greatly reduced photo sessions of your dog(s) during this year's symposium!  We will have a "photo studio" set up in the lower level of the Erickson Center.  Albert can photograph one or multiple dogs.
  • The cost for a 15 minute session is $75 and includes one print.  
  • We are asking you contact Tasha at 906-748-0513 or if you would like to sign up for a time slot.   
  • You can see his artwork at  or on Facebook at  
  • Available times are Friday between 4:00-5:45 (just prior to Brent's Ultimate  Alaska presentation) and Saturday from 12:00-1:15 (during the symposium lunch hour). 


If you would like to be a vendor for this year's symposium please contact Tasha Stielstra for details at or (906)-748-0513


Bring anything you like mushing related from harnesses, educational materials, sled and four-wheelers. 

Please no dogs. 

Check out the link and more information at Musher's Yard Sale

Risdon Rig Pro Tracker Sled for Raffle

Once again Risdon Rigs is graciously donating a Pro Tracker Sled to help raise funds for the Mid West Sled Dog Symposium. The sled is valued at $1045. 

2011 Winner Shannon Wyckoff of Ohio.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and will be sold at event. 

Take a look at the news post about the raffle for more details here.

Keynote Speaker 2013

Brent Sass

Top Iditarod Musher and Yukon Quest Finisher

2012 Keynote featured

Paul Schurke
Owner of Wintergreen Dog Sledding in Ely, MN

Participant in many Polar and high-Arctic expeditions

2011 Keynote featured 
Jodi Bailey- 
2011 Yukon Quest and Iditarod Rookie!