Kids snowmobile oval racing in Winton Jan. 9

Oval ice racing returns to Fall Lake Jan. 9 for kids ages four to 14.
After successful race last February, the KCPRO Ice Racing circuit will make a stop at the Longbranch on Fall Lake.
The event is free for spectators with 11 different classes of races starting at 10 a.m.
This year there will again be at least one Ely connection with Brant Gruba, age 7, who’s in his third year of racing.
Brant is the grandson of Rod and Sheila Gruba of Ely.
The race date was moved up six weeks from last year, mainly due to poor ice conditions elsewhere.
“We’re the only place that has good ice right now,” said Rod Gruba. “We were able to get out over a week ago and plow the area off with four wheelers so it could freeze.”
With areas in the south part of the state still having open water, Gruba expects a good turnout here.
“It looks like we could have a lot of racers from the south coming up here that weekend,” said Gruba.
Local sponsors for the event include Gruba Construction, Ely-Winton Rod & Gun Club, J&L Hardware, Northeast Title, Voyageur Lumber, Schulze Excavating, Klun Law Firm and the Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club.
There is no charge to watch the racing which will be held right in front of the Longbranch.
Registrations begin at 8 a.m. with hot laps at 9 a.m. and racing action set to begin at 10 a.m.
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