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Reflecting on a smiling skier

Athletes participated in the Little Falls Nordic Ski Invitational on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.

Skiers are reflected in the glasses of a Nordic skier.
Brainerd Warrior Addie Ryan smiles after finishing the girls Nordic sprint race Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at the Little Falls Nordic Ski Invitational at Camp Ripley near Little Falls.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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Brainerd Warrior Nordic skiers traveled to Camp Ripley Thursday, Jan.27, 2022, to compete in the Little Falls Nordic Ski Invitational.

Nordic skiers compete in a sprint race at Camp Ripley.
Brainerd Warrior Izzy Smith leads the heat of Nordic skiers in the girls sprint finals Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at the Little Falls Nordic Ski Invitational at Camp Ripley.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

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