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Dusty Olson taps some powdered wax onto a pair of cross country skis while in a marathon waxing session with CEC Nordic head coach Les Martin last month. Jana Peterson/

Outdoors athlete Dusty Olson truly is 'a man for all seasons'

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A few days before the Section 7 Nordic ski meet, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton assistant coach Dusty Olson was busy waxing skis in the back room of the Pine Valley chalet. The iron he was using to melt powdered wax onto the skis filled the air with haze and an acrid odor. Despite the minor smog attack, a small crowd of Cloquet Ski Club parents gathered to watch Olson work, as if he were a living display at some sort of ski museum.


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