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Anja Maijala, an eighth-grader in her first varsity season with the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Nordic ski team, skis to a 28th-place finish at the CEC Nordic Ski Meet at Pine Valley Tuesday. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal

Icy invite is a CEC ski success

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Sheeted with ice Tuesday afternoon, a slick Pine Valley Ski Area served more as a Cloquet skating rink rather than a ski venue.

Perfect conditions for Anja Maijala.

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Maijala, a Cloquet eighth-grader, has been a member of the Duluth Figure Skating Club since she was in first grade. And although she replaced her skates with skis at Tuesday's Cloquet Nordic Ski Invitational, the 13-year-old said figure skating helped ease her into a fun - and first-ever - varsity ski season.

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