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Utah musher presses through frigid weather to win "Race to Sky" a 4th time

Jessie Royer at the finish line in Lincoln- Laura Daugereau photo(LINCOLN)- Musher Jessie Royer of Utah makes history, tying up her 4th win at the Young Living Race to the Sky, crossing the finish line in Lincoln after surviving a weekend of frigid temperatures on 300 miles of trails in the Upper Blackfoot. 

Royer crossed the finish line at 7:30 Monday evening, finishing with 10-dogs. She's a veteran of sled dog racing in North America. From 2008 to 2011 she was the highest finisher in the Iditarod race in Alaska, where she had been named Rookie of the Year in 2001. She's finished in the Top 10 in Alaska three different times. Royer was the first female winner in the Montana race at age 17 in 1994, also winning in 2015 and 2016. 

Second place went to Royer's fellow Utahan, Dylan Harris, who came in just before 10 p.m. Laurie Warren of Council, Idaho was third after winning the race last year. Brett Bruggeman of Great Falls was the highest Montana finisher, coming in 4th just after 11:30 last night. 


Kalispell star on to New York Jets

(KALISPELL)- It's off to another NFL team as Kalispell's Lex Hilliard keeps his dreams alive of a professional football career.

The Flathead Beacon is reporting that the Jets signed Hilliard on Tuesday, with plans to make him the starting fullback, replacing John Conner, who was injured this past week. His Montana fans and family will be able to see him play on Monday Night Football coming up next week.

Hilliard, who had a standout college career with the Grizzlies, was initially drafted by Miami in 2008. He's also been with Minnesota and was briefly a New England Patriot before being waived last month. He's played in a total of 48-games.