The sound of revving engines and the smell of exhaust returned to the Magic City today. It's the 11th season of racing for the Minot 660 Ice Racers club.
"A bunch of us guys raced all the time, and the sport started dying in North Dakota, so a bunch of guys said lets start a club, and we started doing it," says Mike Weiskopf, Minot 660 Ice Racers President.
Started as a way to rejuvenate a dying sport, ice racing has become an exhilarating pass-time in this part of the country. Thirty to 40 racers gathered just outside of Minot to see who's snow-machine could fly the fastest down the ice.
"It's a rush," says ice racer, Mark Weiskof. "It's a fun good competition. It's fun win or loose just to come out here. Same guys every time, so you start to know everybody really well."
And it's not just a sport for the adults. People of every age are put into brackets based on the size of their sleds.
"There's one little kid running a little d-stock skidoo," says Mike Weiskopf. "He's about 12, 13 years old. Then my boy runs big 1000 mod postockers. He runs the program pretty hard. But there's everything in between there."
And for anyone that's ever ridden on a snow machine, riding on the ice, is an entirely different experience.
"It's a world of difference," says Mark Weiskopf. "These do 60 foot times in just over one second. About a 1.07 is a really good 60 foot time. So, it's a whole different rush than a regular sled."
It takes about 100 hours to level and shave the ice, set up the lanes and install the timing system. But when Weiskopf sees all the competitors speeding down the ice, he knows why he's stuck with the sport for so long.
"I wanted to retire 3 years ago, I was down to one sled, says Mike Weiskopf. "Now I've got four, so I didn't move very far did I."
Races continue tomorrow morning just west of the 83 Bypass, out on County Road 10.
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The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
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The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
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The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
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Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
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NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.