Vikings' Arctic Blast takes off this weekend

The Vikings' Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally is ready to roll on Saturday and Sunday, with current and former players headlining a list of those scheduled to participate.

Many current and former Vikings will take part in the 14th annual Minnesota Vikings Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally this weekend on Mille Lacs Lake. The event, one of the primary annual fundraisers for the Vikings Children's Fund, is co-sponsored by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Arctic Cat and Miller Lite.

Scheduled to appear at the event are current players Ben Leber, E.J. Henderson, Heath Farwell, Jeff Dugan, Fred Evans and Erin Henderson, coaches Bud Grant and Karl Dunbar and former Vikings Jim Marshall, Paul Krause, Chris Doleman, Henry Thomas, Matt Blair, Bob Lurtsema, Stu Voigt, Pete Bercich, Doug Sutherland and Gerald Robinson. Also on hand will be the Vikings radio voice Paul Allen, Vikings cheerleaders and team mascot Viktor.

Events include a kickoff brunch Saturday morning and a $30,000 prize party Sunday morning – which will include snowmobile giveaways. Events scheduled for the entire family include an arcade, an ice fishing pond and minnow races at the event headquarters at the Blue Goose Inn in Garrison on the north side of Lake Mille Lacs.

The Arctic Blast is one of the primary fundraisers held throughout the year to benefit the VCF. Registration cost is $35 and can be done at any of six "Blast Points" on the rally route in advance or on the day of the event. For more information, call 952-828-6577 or visit www.vikings.com for more details and a map of the area.

THURSDAY NOTES

  • A Roseville, Minn., businessman is under investigation for trying to sell video of former Viking Carl Eller's arrest for DUI. Mickey Kelly, co-owner of The Media Workshop, was consigned by Hennepin County to make copies of video evidence of the arrest tapes. Kelly allegedly made extra copies and put them up for sale on Craigslist.org with the header "Almost 33 minutes of Mr. Eller being booked for DWI, etc."

    Hennepin County was able to track the ad back to Kelly, who claims he had no intention of selling the video. Rather, he stated, he posted the ad as a "trial run" because his family was planning to sell some electronic equipment on Craigslist and he was using the ad for the Eller video as a test item.

  • The Lions made a big trade with the Cleveland Browns last year that shipped their best player – DT Shaun Rogers – out of Detroit. The centerpiece of that deal coming back Detroit's way was CB Leigh Bodden. Less than a year later, Bodden has been informed by the team that he won't be back in 2009. Bodden was due an $8.6 million roster bonus at the end of the month.

  • The Vikings QB question may have a viable candidate in Derek Anderson of the Browns. Brady Quinn is expected to get the chance to start in 2009 and Anderson is due a $5 million bonus in March. If he and the team can't reach an agreement or he isn't traded, he will likely be released rather than having the team pay out such a large bonus.


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