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January 16, 2008 Minnesota club playoffs begin Thursday in Eveleth (STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Curl Mesabi, the site of the 2007 World Junior Curling Championships, will host the 2008 Minnesota State Curling Championships beginning Thursday in Eveleth, Minn. The winning teams will represent Minnesota at the 2008 U.S. Club National Championships in Mankato, Minn., March 1-8. The U.S. Club Nationals, now in its fourth year, does not lead to the World Championships, rather rewards the top men's and women's club/league teams in the U.S. One men's and one women's team will qualify for the upcoming Club Nationals from this event. On the women's side, defending Minnesota champion Norma O'Leary is searching for her first club national title after finishing as the runner-up the past three seasons. On the men's side, last year's Minnesota state runner-up Jon Medure competed at the 2007 Club Nationals, finishing sixth. The action gets underway at 7 p.m. Thursday at the eight-sheet curling club located at 901 Hat Trick Ave. in Eveleth. Live scoring during the event will be posted online at http://www.mncurling.org/2008mnmwplaydowns.htm. Here is a look at the competing teams: Men's field: Team Stolt (St. Paul Curling Club): Peter Stolt (Plymouth, Minn.), Cortney Watson (Sartell, Minn.), Cameron McLelland (Woodbury, Minn.), Tim Jeanetta (Elk River, Minn.) Team Wald (Hibbing Curling Club): Aaron Wald (Chisholm, Minn.), Ben Wilson, Jared Zezel, John Muller, Tim Muller (all of Hibbing, Minn.) Team Harris (St. Paul Curling Club): Reuben Harris (St. Paul), Matthew Peterson (Plymouth, Minn.), Aaron Nunberg (St. Paul), Zac Owens (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) Team Medure (Duluth Curling Club): Jon Medure (Duluth, Minn.), Matthew Rudig (Superior, Wis.), Milan Luzaich (Duluth, Minn.), Jeff Ritchie (Cloquet, Minn.) Team Howieson (Heather Curling Club): Michael Howieson (Good Thunder, Minn.), Tim Solie (Mapleton, Minn.), Randy Cumming (Lake Crystal, Minn.), Nick Ward (Dodge Center, Minn.) Team Jorgensen (Curl Mesabi): Dennis Jorgensen (Virginia, Minn.), Tim Drobnick (Eveleth, Minn.), Rory Malner (Gilbert, Minn.), Mark Mikulich (Eveleth, Minn.) Team Carey (St. Paul Curling Club): John Carey (St. Paul), Matt Lahti (Woodbury, Minn.), Loni Strassman (Minneapolis), Dave Smeed (Woodbury, Minn.), Tom Dicklich (Shoreview, Minn.) Team Eng (Duluth Curling Club): Thomas Eng, Kent Brorson, Jerry Priley, Daniel Plys (all of Duluth, Minn.) Women's field: Team O'Leary (Duluth Curling Club): Norma O'Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Pam Cavers, Mary Johnson, Patti Luke (all of Duluth, Minn.) Team Lanigan (Duluth Curling Club): Linda Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.), Jill Hansen (Duluth, Minn.), Lucy DeVore (Superior, Wis.), Jill Wain (Duluth, Minn.), Yvonne Novak (Duluth, Minn.), Coach Phil DeVore (Superior, Wis.) USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike as well as by AT,T, General Motors, The Home Depot, and Bank of America through a joint marketing program with the U.S. Olympic Committee. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).