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Snowmobile fundraiser: Blizzard Tour returns to Northland

The Black Woods Blizzard Tour ALS fundraiser returns to the Northland this week for its 15th year. Serving as tour hosts again are Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Twins bench coach and former catcher Terry Steinbach, who lost his fathe...

The Black Woods Blizzard Tour ALS fundraiser returns to the Northland this week for its 15th year.

Serving as tour hosts again are Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Twins bench coach and former catcher Terry Steinbach, who lost his father to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1999. Also taking part are former World Series champions Kent Hrbek and Tim Laudner and Twins infield coach Joe Vavra.

The tour raised $800,000 last year with little snow and hopes to top that this year. The tour leaves the AmericInn in Proctor on Thursday and heads to Fortune Bay Resort and Casino on Lake Vermilion. They head to Two Harbors on Friday and return to the Twin Ports on Saturday.

This year's tour features 175 snowmobilers who all have collected a minimum of $1,200 in donations. The rider who collects the most wins a donated 2014 Polaris snowmobile.

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