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Ross Fraboni, shortly after winning the Beargrease mid-distance sled dog race in Tofte on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Mushers say Beargrease slower than normal; Fraboni wins mid-distance race

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SAWBILL TRAIL CHECKPOINT -- Several veteran mushers and past John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon champions agreed today that this year's race is shaping up to be slower than normal.

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"Nobody can remember a run as tough as that one," Keith Aili, the 2006 champion, said of the run to the Sawbill Trail checkpoint from Finland.

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