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The United States' first ever OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST in Nordic skiing, Minnesota's own JESSIE DIGGINS, visited Duluth on NOVEMBER 4, 2018, at the invitation of DXC, to support of Grand Avenue Nordic Center!


DXC and Spirit Mountain hosted a free daytime event at Grand Avenue Chalet featuring Diggins, where she spoke about her Gold Medal sprint, her U.S. Ski Team teammates, and the future of the sport including ski venues with snowmaking like Grand Avenue Nordic Center.  She led youth exercises, and there were free signed posters available, a raffle, outdoor gear vendors, free glitter facepainting, and selfies with Jessie!  Chad Salmela's famous NBC commentating call of her Gold Medal sprint was replayed, and Chad spoke about Grand Avenue Nordic.  Swix president Steve Poulin even surprised Diggins by presenting her with a custom GOLD mountain bike as a gift!

In the evening, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, 2-time U.S. Olympic Biathlete Kara Salmela, and Diggins spoke at a sold-out ticketed Going for Gold event at Pier B with nearly 200 people, as a fundraiser for Grand Avenue Nordic Center.  Emceed by Chad Salmela, the evening featured an incredibly inspiring behind-the-scenes presentation by Diggins on her Olympic quest and Nordic skiing advocacy, and then Kris Larson (Executive Director of the Minnesota Land Trust) led an amazing fundraising auction which helped generate $150k for Grand Avenue Nordic just that day!  See the full list of contributors at the bottom of this page, below.


Bent Paddle brewed a specialty beer called The Snowmaker for both the day and evening events, with all proceeds benefiting DXC's campaign for Grand Avenue Nordic Center.  And Cirrus Aircraft and pilot Gary Black donated a private flight in an SR22 between Duluth and the Twin Cities on both Nov. 4 & Nov. 5 for Diggins to get to/from the Cities, along with a lucky auction winner who got to sit next to her, with auction proceeds (over $2k) going to DXC!

It was an incredible day and night with Diggins in town; check out some photos below!

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* Read more about Jessie Diggins' history Olympic gold medal sprint HERE

* Read about her interest in SNOW and climate change in the New York Times, HERE and HERE

DXC would like to thank all our event sponsors and contributors!

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Jessie Diggins ‘Going for Gold’ Contributors!

November 4, 2018



Dave & Judith Arvold



Continental Ski & Bike



Andrew & Meghan Baertsch

Scott & Kathleen Neustel



Nikolai Anikin*

Nils & Lisa Arvold

Shelly & Eric Chandler

Bruce & Judith Derauf

Katherine & Tim Rubin

Steve Poulin/Swix



Zach & Kate Beresford

Lily Brown

Marty & Ericka Espe

Ann & Steve Harrington

Steve Kuross & Lise Lunge-Larsen

David & Gladys Salmela

Chad & Mimmu Salmela

Matt Schiller & Betsy Schwartz



Susanne & Johan Bakken

Johan & Nicole Bakken

Teja & Joseph Bettendorf

Rhett Bonner (flight auction)

Mark & Sherry Boyce

Patty Bugliosi & Andrew Thompson

Jesse Coenen & Suzanne Cichosz

Peter Coenen

Leah Gruhn & Jere Mohr

Joanne Hanowski

Tera Hasbargen

Patti Harvieux

Gary Larson

Kristin Lusian & Mike Saline

Dan & Megan Maki

Joe & Mary Morehouse

Sara & Tim Morse

Annalisa & Peter Peterson

Ken & Carolyn Ripp

Philip & Kelly Rogers

Jonathan & Nancy Rova*

Matthew & Carrie Ryan*

Mark Stenhammer (flight auction)

Brent Smith

Kate & Joshua Tesch

Eric Viken & Elizabeth Raduege

Section 7 Coaches:

Dave Johnson, Paula & Scott Anderson, Dave & Bonnie Kask, Frank and Marlo Gangi, Cheri & Keith Johnson, Becky Bartol, Jim Vos, Tyler Fish, Arnold Maijala



Fritz Anderson & Stina La Paugh

Beth Bernhardt & Martin Bevis

Lisa Bodine & Jeremy Harala

Boreal Services/ Greg Fangel

Joe & Amy Haggenmiller

Diane Holliday-Welsh & Kevin Welsh

Kris & Christine Larson

Siiri & Peter Morse

MaryBeth Nevers & Jon Tofte

Ron Siebert

Maria Stuber & Bryan Cook

Eric & Andrea Watson

Amy White & Nick Johnson


Todd Campbell & Sue Wegener

Dina & Michael Clabaugh

Sarah & Ryan Grenberg

Brad & Mary Johnson

Stacy Jutila & Jon Dumpys

Pasha Kahn

Theron (Terry) Salmela

Kara & Cory Salmela



Sonja Baertsch

Gary & Celeste Black

Erik Blow

Lynne Cecil

Audrey & Bradley Cyr

Deb & Clay Diggins

Leslie & Daniel Ender

Greg Fangel & Liz Wagner

Brian Fitzgerald

Robert Fox

Roger Hartley

Nona Goertz

Jon Halvertson

William & Ann Howard

David & Holly Jorde

Kristin Riker-Coleman

Allison Robinson & Travis Rains

Gretchen Ransom

Carrie Rust-Moline & Dan Moline

Jim Wheeler

Kim & Trent Wickman


Up to $50

Frank & Linda Hanson

Charles Wolfe & Deborah Ralston

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