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Bring Some Barrels to the Skating Rink!

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By Andrea Winkjer Collin, Editor, North Dakota Horizons


If this month's brisk weather is bringing you outdoors to enjoy a classic North Dakota winter, the feature in the Winter issue of North Dakota Horizons, should inspire all ice skating enthusiasts.


Our story about Norval Baptie, "The Flickertail Flyer," tells of his speed skating conquests, as well as his travels around the world competing and performing in ice skating shows and exhibitions.  The Bathgate, North Dakota, native, who often returned home, is considered one of the state's best athletes.  


I must confess that I had never heard of Norval Baptie when veteran writer Dick Johnson pitched this story to me a few years ago.  After reading his great article, I am a new member to the Norval Baptie Fan Club. I am inspired enough to get out my ice skates and try to channel some of his greatness at my local ice rink. I challenge you to do the same!  And after viewing the photo below, I'm sure you will want to bring some barrels and try to top what he is doing here!


As Johnson writes, the athletic accomplishments of Norval Baptie put him in the same category as North Dakota athletes Phil Jackson and Roger Maris. Now that you know about him, I don't think you will quickly forget him and his legendary story!



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