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Welcome to the Minnesota Curling Association, an organization of over 5,000 Minnesota athletes who represent and promote the competitive yet always cordial, great game of curling.
The Minnesota Curling Association exists
…to promote the sport of curling and unite curling clubs within the state of Minnesota;
…to conduct state curling competitions;
…to coordinate educational programs and activities for Minnesota curlers;
…to provide a channel of communication of state bonspiels, curling rules, winning techniques, equipment updates;
…and to encourage all curlers to enjoy the marvelous, unique facets of curling: honest sportsmanship, athletic competition, and social club recreation.

News and Updates from the United States Curling Association
Two-minute Introduction to Curling (video)
What is Mixed Doubles Curling?
Wheelchair Curling
Curling Stones from Aisla Craig, Scotland (video)

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MIXED STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
February 15 – 17, 2019, Dakota Curling Club —Draw Schedule and Results

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WOMEN’S AND MEN’S STATE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
January 18 – 20, 2019, Curl Mesabi —Draw Schedule Results  Men’s / Women’s

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Under-18 JUNIOR WOMEN’S AND MEN’S STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
December 27 – 30, 2018, Duluth Curling Club —Results

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2019 JUNIOR WOMEN’S AND MEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
January 12 – 19, 2019, Two Harbors Curling Club
Congratulations to Minnesota curlers on the victorious Junior National Championship teams.
Cait Flannery (Mankato), Leah Yavarow (Bemidji), Lexi Lanigan (Duluth) and Rebecca Miles (Duluth) — Full Story
Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, NY), Luc Violette (Lake Stevens, WA), Ben Richardson (Issaquah, WA), Graem Fenson (Bemidji), and Riley Fenson (Bemidji) — Full Story
2019 World Junior Championships, February 16 – 23, Liverpool, Nova Scotia, CA

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2019  LUPUS RESEARCH BENEFIT BONSPIEL
Curl with Olympic, World, and National Champion skips at the Four Seasons Curling Center, Blaine, in this benefit for Lupus Research, May 3 – 5. Information Flyer

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CONGRATULATIONS, MARY JO HAMILTON!
The Minnesota Curling Association proudly salutes the 2018 USCA Volunteer of the Year: Mary Jo Hamilton of the Brainerd Lakes Curling Association. As the article in the fall issue of the USCA’s Curling News magazine states, Mary Jo is “a combination of tremendous energy, singular dedication, and effective leadership.”

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SAFESPORT INITIATIVE
The United States Curling Association, in compliance with federal law, now participates in the SafeSport Program to raise awareness, institute prevention, and enact response measures regarding the intolerance of abuse or harassment of any kind.  All Minnesota curling clubs are required to establish a protocol for SafeSport Training for their club membership and staff.
Information Letter from Rick Patzke, USCA CEO
SafeSport Background Check
SafeSport Training FAQ
SafeSport Training Online Technology FAQ
How to Begin SafeSport Training

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SPECIAL GIFT SHOPPING IDEAS
Olympic Gold Medal Keepsake Pin
Table-top Curling Game

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FIVE-ROCK FREE GUARD ZONE
The World Curling Federation has implemented the five-rock free-guard zone (FGZ) rule this season, replacing the four-rock rule. Many Minnesota clubs will be enacting the rule to prepare curlers for state, national, and world competitions.

The expanded rule means that the first five rocks thrown each end (normally the two rocks thrown by each lead and the first rock thrown by the second on the team without the hammer) are “protected” and cannot be removed from the FGZ between the hog line and the house until the sixth rock is thrown each end. If a rock is removed before that time, it is put back. It is permissible to move an opponent’s rock as long as it remains in play.

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MEN WIN GOLD AT WINTER OLYMPICS!
2018 Winter Olympics highlights from the World Curling Federation and the United States Curling Association.
2018 Winter Paralympics Men’s and Women’s teams finish fourth and fifth.

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