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January 19, 2018

1/9/2018 11:35:00 AM
For Triton teacher, curling is her sport
2016 curling team, Ed Pitzenberger, Rebecca Goossens, Bruce Huber and Kim Swanson. Photo submitted
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2016 curling team, Ed Pitzenberger, Rebecca Goossens, Bruce Huber and Kim Swanson. Photo submitted

By Karen M. Jorgensen

Curling probably is not a sport that is on the mind of most area residents. It's likely that it is thought of as a rather unusual sport that turns up on the Winter Olympics every four years.

But for Triton science teacher Kim Swanson it is on her mind most every day.

Swanson first became acquainted with curling while on staff at Wolf Ridge Environmental Center in northern Minnesota. Each year, she said, the staff attended a bonspiel, or curling tournament, at the Two Harbors Curling Club. She tried it once and was hooked.

Now she curls in three of four curling leagues at the Owatonna Curling Club. Not only that, but she has talked fellow teachers Bruce Huber and Rebecca Goossens to join her along with Goossens husband, John. Former teacher Ed Pitzenberger has also been a part of the "Cobra Curlers."

When she came to Triton, she said, she discovered there was curling in Owatonna and has been involved with the Owatonna club ever since.

The Owatonna club has four leagues, Swanson said, and she curls on teams in three of those leagues.

Basically, curling is a sport in which participants slide stones or rocks on a sheet of ice toward a target.

Of course, it is really more involved than that. The stones, for example, weigh 45 pounds each and are made from granite from a specific quarry in Europe. The stones are helped on their way down the ice by team members who sweep in front of the stone using a broom and there is a lot more strategy involved than simply putting your stone in a target called a house.

Read the rest of the story in the Byron Review or Star Herald.

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