The Willmar Nordic ski team skates at a practice on "Cardinal Pond" behind the high school on Wednesday with the temperature at 32 degrees. New snow clung to the ice but all else is brown as head coach Brad Haugen, foreground, strains each day for a new training routine in a snowless December.
Tribune photo by Rand Middleton
A brown December to remember
While the snowless winter has its conveniences, it's been hard on cross-country skiers.
Cardinal Nordic coach Brad Haugen is trying to keep 50 boys and girls -- 12 of them first time skiers -- motivated.
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