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Monica Zappa, 32, was born and raised in Cumberland, Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology and a master’s in Geography from the University of Oklahoma. She has also completed one year of a PhD program in Geography. While attending school she worked at the national weather center there. She moved to Kasilof in the spring of 2010, to run dogs and work as a handler for Bruce Linton. Then she says, “Tim Osmar talked me into living and working with him in the fall of 2010 and I haven’t left.” Her main occupation is commercial fishing, but she does a lot of other things to pay the bills. Her latest venture is making Mending Twine Bracelets. She hopes to sell them this season to help afford Iditarod; they can be purchased on her webpage. Monica grew up in a mushing family. Both her parents competed in and officiated the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. She explained that her dad’s dream was to run the Iditarod but he died before it happened. Monica and Tim have been “Mushing to Save Bristol Bay” since 2012 and join their dogs in always standing up for the wild salmon when foreign mining giants threaten them.

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