Madelyn (left) and Cassandra Koecher, ages 9 and 13, of Mahtowa take a few minutes Saturday to play with Mousey and Kite, two dogs from the team of their brother Adam, during vet checks at Black Bear Casino near Carlton. The green mark indicates that the dogs will be taking part in the mid-distance event of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, which begins today near Duluth.
(Jamie Lund / For the News Tribune)
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