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bethany Hway

President & Race Coordinator 

Bethany is the founder of the Lake Minnetonka Klondike Dog Derby, and serves as the President of the Board of Directors and the Race Coordinator. She owns Grayscale Business and Brand Building, a strategy-driven design company in Excelsior, Minnesota. Bethany is an art director, graphic designer, and visionary with a passion for helping small businesses and organizations succeed and grow. 

Growing up in the woods of Northern Minnesota, Bethany was born into mushing. With her mother and her father, Stan Passananti, she raised and raced sled dogs for many years, competing in her own races and handling for her dadโ€™s races in the Midwest, Maine and Alaska. 

Bethany moved to the Twin Cities in 2003 to pursue a degree in graphic design. Bethany now lives near Excelsior with her husband their two young children. She enjoys spending time in her hometown of Ely, hiking the deserts and mountains of the western US, adventuring to National Parks with her family, cooking, reading, and learning new things.