By Brenda Erdahl: Independent, stubborn and intelligent. Those are the attributes of a good sled dog, and a good mayor as it turns out. “My dogs are kind of like me,” said Maple Lake Mayor Lynn Kissock, who’s been raising Siberian Husky’s for the last 20 years and running them as sled dogs for about 13. It was apparent on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the annual dog sledding event at Ney Park that good with children and quirky could be added to that list on both accounts. While Kissock didn’t roll over to have her belly scratched when a half-a-dozen-children and their parents spilled out of the community building for a ride through the woods by dog sled, she did have a happy grin like she too was in her element. “This is what they are bred to do. They have a natural desire to work and pull,” she said of the dogs. Kissock helps out at Ney Park with the sled dogs every year. She has three Huskies herself – Cody, Dexter, and Taliya – and while they don’t make up a team themselves, they know the commands and routine enough to help pull with the other dogs. Together the Huskies and their handlers gave visitors what was likely their first dog sled ride ever. The event is more than a dozen years old, although only recently was it taken over by Silent Run Adventures out of Monticello. Those lucky enough to make the list (there are only so many open spots and they fill up fast) spend a few minutes learning about the Husky breed and some of the equipment mushers use before experiencing the thrill of dog sledding themselves.
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