Recent improvements at Elk River

Over the past couple of years Twin City Biathlon, a branch of MN Biathlon, has been making numerous improvements to the range facility at Woodland Trails Park. Thanks so much to Chad and Lynda Bouley, Tara and Marcus Landrum, Dave Anderson with Elk River Parks and all the others who have pitched in. Here are some of the changes:

  • Redesigned target boxes for easier switch from paper to metal—now use a fold down front plate- the new plates were donated
  • a new fabric skirt in front of the boxes to catch lead coming off the face of the metal-thanks to Lynda
  • new target box covers—again, thanks to Lynda
  • new paddles built by Marcus to replace some that were too heavy
  • a new Target #4- thanks to Chad for receiving that and getting it installed
  • New paper targets designed by Tara who also chased the printing—we are using up the old strips first
  • new standard shooting mats—thanks to Lou Chouinard for meeting the supplier in Southern MN!
  • a new wind flag system and flags
  • new bibs designed by Tara
  • a new timing program on a spreadsheet designed by Zean Baker—will try out on Saturday!!
  • a temporary porta potty brought in by Dave Anderson and his crew
  • And for the weekend event, some generators, heat, lights and computers in the range building!!

It is amazing what volunteers can do when they put their efforts together. A lot more were involved in making this all happen!! Sampsons, Hudrliks, Brodersons and more!!

Thank you all!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Midwest Regional Biathlon Races Jan 15 and 16 – RESULTS

A fantastic weekend of racing at Blackhawk. Many thanks to the race organizers, coaches, and volunteers. Great to see so many states represented at our race! Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Maine, and Iowa.

On to the next!

Coming up at Blackhawk in Middleton WI on the 15th/16th Jan weekend are the next races in our Midwest Regional series. Mark Torresani and his crew have been putting together a good manmade base and have been getting some natural snow on top! Should be great skiing!!

The plan is for a Pursuit race on Saturday and a Mass start by class waves on Sunday. Courses and final distances to be determined based on snowfall over the next 10 days.

If you plan to attend, please register online as below—and please let me know so we can provide a coaching staff to back you up!!

Open the webpages below, and under “Find Races” choose “Find registrations” and scroll way down to the 15/16th 2022 dates to find the actual registration and race information.

The volunteers at Blackhawk have been working hard to get ready for the Midwest Regional Races #3 and #4 at Blackhawk Ski club. There is plenty of manmade snow on the trails with more natural snow on the way. Conditions are expected to be very good. Registration for the events will open on January 5th at:

Please note you will need to sign up for both days if you plan to race both days.

We are in need of volunteers for the race, if you can help either prior to or after your race please let me know. Don’t forget to bring your cheering section to the race.

If you have any questions Mark Torresani can be reached at 608 334-2846

Update for Blackhawk Super Sprint 12/19/2021

The race scheduled for December 19th will be turned into an open practice session with a 5K time trial as snow conditions allow (not an official race). USBA members from other clubs are welcome to the practice session.

Yesterday’s 68 degree temperature, rain and high winds caused a lot of melting and left a lot of debris on the course. I spoke with the Blackhawk snowmaking crew this morning and plans are to start making snow on Saturday night. We will start to get ready for a full course for the mid January Midwest Regional races to be held at Blackhawk.

Hoping we get some snow for Christmas!

Conditions update: MN Cup #1 Mt Itasca this coming Sunday

GOOD MORNING!! I am happy to report conditions are looking good at Mt Itasca for the upcoming race on Sunday, MN Cup

Our many thanks to the hard working crew at Mt Itasca that got this much done..and more snowmaking will start again on Friday when temps cool a bit more again. There should be adequate groomed areas available for some training on snow Saturday if folks want to go up early!! PLEASE be sure to pay the daily fee at the kiosk by the HQ building!! And also please respect the equipment which may be working when you are there—give them a lot of room!!

Hope to see you on Sunday!!

Thanks! and Enjoy the Journey!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

MNCup #1 – Mass Start Biathlon at Mt. Itasca – Sunday Dec 5, 2021

Hosted by Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date:  Sunday, December 5, 2021

Place: Mt. Itasca, Coleraine

Race Format: Mass Start (courses and distances will be determined based on the snow conditions) 

Registration:                     9:30 AM –   9:55 AM 

Zero:                               10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Race Start:                      10:45 AM  

Cost:                               $20/race (cash or check payable to MINSA)

Questions?  Call Vlad 218- 256 8323   or email    

Biathlon World Cup – Live Broadcast

Coming up, starting this weekend the Biathlon World Cup will kick off with events in Sweden!

If you go to and follow Live Broadcast tab—you should be able to watch the full event as it is screened in Europe on TV. Normally the actual live broadcast itself will be blocked in the US—but if you wait a few hours it will be open for viewing. Usually there is a 3-5 min recap or a full replay. I would advise to watch the best in the world on full replay..

Coming up for us the following weekend on Sunday is the first MNCup race of the season!! I have heard the snow guns are working at Mt Itasca—but the snow won’t be pushed out this coming weekend yet—so only a natural snow loop for rock skis is available. Be sure to pay at the kiosk by the HQ building if you go….

So enjoy the day, watch the World Cups this weekend, and hope to see you on the 5th!! An invitation should be out this coming week…..

Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach