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Seventy-Seven Years Ago


October 11, 2018

Photo courtesy of Steve Wehrley

New Glarus-Monticello Cross Country Varsity Boys From left: Ty Ready, Conor McCoy, Rudy Feller, Joe Quaglia, Evan Usher, Adam Nelson, Garrett Grossen. In front, Tommy Nelson.

Russia, October 7th, 1941; it began to snow. The fields and roads turned into mud, a condition called rasputitsa by the Russians. The German advance on Moscow slowed, the Russian army brought up reinforcements and, eventually, Moscow was saved.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana. Tough for New Glarus-Monticello Cross Country teenagers to remember World War II, so they needed to repeat the muddy conditions at the Baertschi Albany CC race on October 6th (close enough). From the first race to the last, they traveled on areas that spectators f...

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