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What to do with your Minnesota race horse in the long winter months? Why not give them exercise, have them earn their keep, have them stay in fit condition, and have a bit of fun at the same time. For more than three decades, winter circuit racing schedules existed in the Twin Cities from late December to late March between 1888 and 1929.

Learn who were the owners, the drivers and the horses skimming swiftly across the frozen ice of our city lakes. Did the famous Dan Patch ever race on Lake of the Isles?

Speaker Bio: Kathleen Kullberg was born in historic Homestead, Pennsylvania, site of the deadly Pinkerton fight against US Steel Workers in 1892. Graduated Penn State University with a B.A. in Interior Design. Moved to Minneapolis, 1981. Worked in customer service for Honeywell and Department 56 until 2009.

Active preservationist and avid house historian for the Wedge and UPTOWN NEWS newspapers. Long time resident of Lowry Hill East. Leads historic walking tours on Bryant Avenue South telling the stories of the early residents and author Maud Hart Lovelace. Currently researching book on history of John Scott Bradstreet’s lost gardens. Always discovering the true lives of past residents and their contribution to Minneapolis’s past and present.

Images courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.

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