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Hydroplanes Return Without A Hitch

In this Duane Rasmussen photo, a young boy finagles his way into a close look at the cockpit of one of the hydroplanes that raced on Lake Coeur d'Alene Friday through Sunday.

The man who brought hydroplane racing back to Lake Coeur d’Alene paused on the shoreline Sunday afternoon and smiled. And he hasn’t done a lot of that – pause or smile – in recent months. “Without a doubt I think it’s been my single largest contribution of my time spent here,” Doug Miller said over the roar of the final Grand Prix heat. He’s ready for more, too. After a successful revival of the Diamond Cup 45 years after it vanished, Miller is confident hydroplane racing is back to stay in the Lake City, and he looks forward to continuing as president of the Diamond Cup Regatta. “I’d like to do a couple more years,” he said. “I’m 62. It takes the energy of people in their 30s. It really does.” For Miller and a small army of sponsors and volunteers, establishing what they hope is a new Labor Day weekend tradition in the Inland Northwest was a gamble and a chore/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Did you attend the Diamond Cup hydroplane races? Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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