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Crosslake Clover Dash 5K chilly but spirited

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Runners from near and far broke out their best green attire for the first Clover Dash 5K on Saturday, March 15, in Crosslake Town Square.

The race was part of Crosslake’s 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, and despite the unseasonably cold temperatures, 138 people participated.

Justin Grunewald of Minneapolis, a 2004 Brainerd High School graduate, took first place overall with a time of 15:47, which put him at a pace of just more than five minutes per mile.

Grunewald bested the nearest competitor by more than a minute. Julie Berg of Ironton was the top female finisher with a time of 21:50.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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