The oldest curling club in the nation is hosting one of the biggest tournaments of the year. It’s called the “Big Spiel,” and games are being played at the St. Paul Curling Club, along with clubs in Frogtown and Four Seasons in Blaine.
On another chilly morning in Duluth, as the clouds roll in and the city wakes up, John Shuster is hoping his 8-month-old son Luke is ready for some sleep. “Every day … I toss him in the car seat and head down to the (curling) club,” Shuster said. “And hope he has a long nap.” That’s when the stay-at-home dad walks into his second home. His sanctuary.
All this week, we’re embracing the cold and having some winter fun. One sport that’s been growing in popularity in recent years and is being played by more and more groups is the Olympic sport called curling. You may be familiar with it because of the flamboyance of the Norwegian team’s unique pants.
The leader of the only U.S. team to win an Olympic curling medal has spent the last several days playing before a mostly empty arena in North Dakota. Pete Fenson doesn’t mind. He still remembers the parade in Bemidji, Minn., that had residents waving brooms and American flags in 2006.
The owner of Gabe’s Rinkside Bar and Grill says curling is becoming a sport that’s surging in popularity, and that’s why his new bar in Blaine is ahead of the times.
Miranda Solem has been missing a lot of school lately. First, there was the week when the 21-year-old’s curling team won the Junior National Championship (for ages 21 and under) earlier this month in Wayland, Mass.
Every Thursday and Friday til the end of February, we’re going to your favorite frozen lakes. On Friday, WCCO-TV’s Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer continued their fun in Detroit Lakes, which is celebrating Polar Fest this weekend.
It’s a winter sport that’s been around more than 500 years, played by gliding a heavy stone down a sheet of ice.
While the event is called the USA Curling National Championships, the field is flooded with regional competitors.