Minneapolis cross-country ski race moved to Wirth Park

Next weekend's City of Lakes Loppet is on. But it's moving from Minneapolis' chain of lakes to Wirth Park to make use of artificial snow. Organizers say it would take temperatures in the 70's to spoil the manufactured snow there.
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Next weekend's City of Lakes Loppet is on. But it's moving from Minneapolis' chain of lakes to Wirth Park to make use of artificial snow. Organizers say it would take temperatures in the 70's to spoil the manufactured snow there.

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