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Larry Preston, formerly of Alexandria, Minn., and known to locals as Larry Saurdiff, recently published a book, “Starfire Kids: Midnight Blue Express,” which chronicles the history of Polaris snowmobile racing. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Former Alexandria resident publishes book about the history of Polaris racing

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The year was 1976.

Thousands upon thousands flocked to Alexandria for the chilly December snowmobile race.

Polaris had been dominating the professional circuits for the past two years with its Starfire sleds and team of racers, appropriately dubbed the “Starfire Kids.”


Now equipped with the young trio of Jerry Bunke, Brad Hulings and Steve Thorsen, as well as new dark blue machines, Polaris was set to dominate once again.

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Jessica Sly
Jessica Sly has been working as a content writer at the Echo Press since May 2012, contributing, proofreading and editing content for both the Echo and Osakis Review. A Wadena native, she graduated from Verndale High School in 2009 and worked that summer at the Wadena Pioneer Journal as an intern reporter. She attended Northwestern College in St. Paul (now the University of Northwestern - St. Paul), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Bible. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano (and learning the violin), reading, writing novels, going to the movies, and exploring Alexandria.
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