Stories from the early years of the Kuskokwim 300 are often shared at social gatherings, but few ever make it into print. One such tale, the 1983 finish, needs to be recorded while some of the participants can still recall the details. I was one of the participants, and it's a story I have rarely told. The 1983 race boasted a field of mushing stars, but none more famous than George Attla, the Huslia Hustler. A movie of his life, "Sprit of the Wind" had won many awards and played to a packed house at Swanson's Theatre, now a relic of Bethel history. Attla flew to Bethel to help open the new Alaska Commercial Company store, and was a legitimate hero, mainly because of his many championships in sprint racing. But he was also a distance musher, having finished the first Iditarod, and the 1982 K-300, in second place.



Long Pond Elk Farm is located about 50 miles north of Minneapolis, in Sherburne County near Princeton, Minnesota. It consists of 550 acres of mixed terrain, with oak forests, swamp land, numerous ponds with Long Pond the largest, at nearly one mile long, and open fields. 150 acres have been converted back to tall grass prairie, with a wide variety of native grass and flowers. There are a few producing fields, with corn, beans and alfalfa the main crops. The elk pen is about 20 acres, fenced eight feet high, with about 30 animals normally kept there in a pasture that also has wooded areas and a small pond where the elk spend hot days. Myron and Sue spend 2-3 months a year at the farm, usually spring and fall. The farm is located in an area of rapid development, and the Angstmans have taken steps to protect their farm from future development. They have enrolled about 350 acres in the Minnesota Land Trust, which involves a donation of the development rights to the trust, which prevent current and future development of the land. As a result, the farm has developed into a wildlife haven, with waterfowl, pheasants, grouse, deer and turkeys in abundance. There is also evidence of coyotes, wolves, and black bears, none of which were present when Myron grew up on the farm in the 1950's.

About 10 elk are harvested each year, and the meat products are sold both in Minnesota and Alaska. Elk antler products are also sold, both as a human and dog nutraceutical for the treatment of muscle stiffness and arthritis symptoms. Contact Myron at myron@angstmanlawoffice.com for more information on these products.

All animals can either be processed at the farm by the buyer, or at Foley Locker if you wish to have an animal delivered there. Foley Locker (320-968-7267) is a family owned business that local folks have been using for decades, and is considered one of the Minnesota's best at processing game. Their sausage selection is top notch. Among our customers wild rice sausage is the most popular.

Smaller quantities of our elk can be purchased at Oakwood Game Farm on Hiway 169 just south of Princeton. They also carry processed pheasants. Their number is 763-389-2031.