2017 - Meet the Mushers!

The White Oak Society is proud to support area mushers and kennels. Here’s a list of participating mushers and some information about them.


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Linus Meyer

I have 21 dogs in my kennel. Eleven are 10 yrs old or older, and two are 8-month old puppies. I started mushing in 1995 with 6 dogs and an old wooden sled. My first race was in 1997. It was the Mid-Minnesota 150. This will be my third year running the White Oak race. I live on a hobby farm near Meire Grove, MN.


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Frank Moe

The White Oak for years was our “Home Town” race. We’re looking forward to coming back.


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Rob Louters

I have been racing and doing dogs for 3 years. I am learning more each year. I have run the Voyageur, Wolf Track and Mid-Minnesota races.


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Sam Louters

I have been running dogs for 4 years. I am enjoying it. I have run the Voyageur 30-mile, Wolf Track 50-mile, Beargrease 40-mile, and the Mid-Minnesota 40-mile.


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Andrea DeBoer

Amarok Kennel is located in Grand Marais, MN and is home to 40 Alaskan Huskies! We have been in transition of taking over a majority of the kennel duties the last 4 years. We currently work with my mom and step-dad, Robin and Greg Beall to operate the kennel, we would be lost without their support and guidance. We have 3 children that are involved in the day to day chores of the kennel. This will be my first year running White Oak race, I look forward to a new trail! Thanks to all the volunteers that have worked so hard to put on this race.


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Neal Seeger

I have been running and racing dogs since 1994. Our kennel name is: Huskies Run! We currently have 28 dogs in our kennel. I have raced in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Manitoba, Canada. I enjoy coming to the White Oak for the friends and hospitality of the community.


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Adam Treeful

I’m a tour ride kennel owner/operator, and I race when there’s free time. I hope the forecasted snow comes so the race can go on. Thanks to everyone who puts this race on.


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Chris Evans

Chris is the father of 4 children, and this is his first year in the sport of mushing. He is an electrician at Minnesota Power and spends his free time running dogs, hunting, fishing, and with his family. He has 10 dogs in his kennel and hopes to one day run the Beargrease with his kids.


Darcy Stanley Nord

Darcy Stanley-Nord

Teacher by day, musher by night, (or whenever I can fit it in). My 9 yr old son and I are the mushers in the family while Dad and my 12 yr old son handle and fix the stuff we continually break. We love to travel and stay in the race host communities as this is our family vacation. We have raced the Mid-MN 150, John Beargrease rec race, Winter Warrior Camp Ripley race, Wolf Tracks and Apostle Island races, but this race always has the best stories. I’m looking forward to another action packed White Oak race, just minus any crashes that involve me. Thanks for the opportunity and welcome by the community!


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Eli Evans

I have been mushing with my dad for 3 years. I am looking forward to racing my own team.


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Sherri Moe

Nine years ago I ran the 6-dog White Oak and placed 5th in my first race ever. I’m excited to be coming back.


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Dean Johnson

I have been recreationally mushing for over 20 years, and winter camping with my dogs. My interest in early polar exploration and love of dogs got me into dog sledding. I started with Malamutes and Siberians and now have Alaskans. My 10-yr old daughter and I started racing them last year. We have competed in youth and 4-dog at Tahquamenon Country, Iron Line, and Apostle Islands. This is the first 6-dog race we have entered.


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Nicholas Turman

I have a small kennel of 12 dogs. Stay busy training dogs, sailing, canoeing, camping and enjoying life. Spending time with my wife and family brings JOY to my days.


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Julie Schmelzer

I run pure bred Siberians and have 11 dogs in my kennel. However, 4 of them are retired. I have been racing for about 14 years and have done multiple races in Minnesota and Wisconsin. When I’m not on the runners with the dogs, I work as a sign Language Interpreter in Central Minnesota.


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Richie Camden

Richie works as a dog trainer in St. Louis, Missouri. He runs a team of adopted Siberian Huskies from rescue groups around the midwest. This is his first time running in the White Oak race.


Josh Davidson

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Melissa Domino

I have been racing Siberian Huskies for 9 years. I have a kennel of 7.