Leif Nordgren

The boys from Forest Lake High School won the state Nordic skiing championship last Thursday afternoon. A day before – also at Giants Ridge in Biwabik – the boys Alpine skiing team took second at its state tournament. Between the two significant accomplishments, a former Ranger skier competed on an even bigger stage.

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In 2007, Leif Nordgren returned home from school during the spring of his senior year at Forest Lake High School and told his parents he planned to forego college to pursue a career as a biathlete. His father, Carl, had choice words for his youngest child.

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