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'They love to run'; retired dog sled champion thrives in retirement with own trails at home

90 minutes east of Fargo, one of the world’s most successful dog sled racers is settling into retirement. When the snow falls, there is no slowing him down.

Sled dogs in Ponsford
“With our trails out back here, it takes you right under the woods where you think you’re in a very remote area. So it’s just a beautiful trail ride with the dogs and the toboggans and it’s just gorgeous back there,” Ed Streeper says.
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PONSFORD, Minn.– Nestled behind Shell Lake, a touch of Alaska settled in Ponsford, a city about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes.

“If this isn’t wilderness, I don’t know what is, said Ed Streeper.

While growing up in Canada, Ed Streeper found his passion for dog sledding early.

“I got my first dogs when I was 13. Then we just decided to get better and better, then an Alaskan came down and kicked our Canadian butts and we realized we better go get some of what he has and it’s just evolved from that. I am retired from racing the last four years, but I have raced in more places in North America than anybody. I have raced in 100 different places,” said Streeper.

His accomplishments stretch as far as the mile’s he’s raced.

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“I won the World Championships in 1985, the 50th running of the World Championships in Anchorage and that’s the 20 dogs I used and that was the biggest dog team ever used,” said Streeper.

After winning 80% of the more than 700 races he entered, Ed is cruising into his retirement. Even though he, his wife Amy, and their more than 50 sled dogs may not be competing, they’re not slowing down on sharing the thrill of hopping in a sled and experiencing mushing first hand.

“When I started getting towards the end of my racing career, I liked to offer the rides and so we branched into that and it’s been getting better and bigger and busier each year,” said Streeper.

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“With our trails out back here, it takes you right under the woods where you think you’re in a very remote area. So it’s just a beautiful trail ride with the dogs and the toboggans and it’s just gorgeous back there,” he added.

At Streeper Kennels outside of Osage, Ed and Amy share their knowledge of racing with their guests. From the evolution of sleds, to naming all of their dogs, the experience is capped off with a 20-minute sled ride through Smokey Hill State Forest.

“We give them a little brief history lesson and show them a bunch of the sleds from olden days to modern. Then when we’re on the ride, if they have any questions I gladly answer them and I give them just some information points about the different speeds we’re traveling at and just let them enjoy the scenery. It’s just a fun thing and we want to introduce the sport of mushing to average, everyday people and let them experience the fun,” said Streeper.

This is a good balance for Streeper. It may not be the same rush as competing. But he can still lace up, get on a sled, and share his passion to the next wave of mushers.

“We still like the dogs and I still like introducing people to the sport of mushing. The sport of mushing has been my whole life and I really liked it and I’m thankful for all the people I have met along the way and all the places we got to see for sure,” said Streeper.

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As long as there is snow on the ground and the temperatures aren’t too cool, Ed says that he and the dogs will be in business.

If you’re interested in visiting Streeper Kennels, you can visit their website .

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