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Ryan Seeger attaches a dog to the rig for some pre-season sled dog training. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

Sled dog team preps during off season

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A serene, quiet fall morning in the snowy north woods is broken by the yelps and howls of a pack of dogs. The canines are not injured, or excited strays after a deer, but rather the sled dog teams of Ryan Seeger and Justin Herdina out for a training run.

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The two have been in training for this winter's sled dog racing season since October, using the Smokey Hills Forest trail system, giving their dogs a 10 to 12-mile run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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