Saturday, February 18, 2012

Portage Library to host Dog Sledding Program Feb. 21

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host children’s author and sled dog musher Jackie Winkowski, and mushers Jim Winkowski and Lisa Dietzen for a multimedia presentation on "The Magic of Dog Sledding" from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Jackie Winkowski will read and show slides from her books Miki’s Challenge, Miki’s Race and Promise of the White Dog. The photo illustrated books tell heartwarming stories inspired by real sled dogs and true events. Winkowski will be accompanied by her lead dog Miki, the main character in two of her books.

Longtime musher Jim Winkowski will be part of the presentation with his lead dog Molly. He will compete in the 6-dog, 35-mile CopperDog 35 race on March 2 in the Keweenaw. The Winkowski’s own Snowy Plains Kennel in Gwinn, Michigan, and offer dog sled rides and events that promote a love for mushing.

Lisa Dietzen, a student at Northern Michigan University, will present videos and photographs about dog sledding and share sources of inspiration that have helped her achieve goals and realize her dreams. Dietzen, who has wanted to be a musher since childhood, has been competing in events throughout the U.P. and hopes to race in the Iditarod someday.

There will be a book signing and selling after the presentation and books can be autographed with Miki’s paw print. Winkowski’s books are available through and in local businesses, and they can be checked out at the library.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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