Stillwater celebrates 'Jessie Diggins Day'

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An April blizzard welcomed Jessie Diggins, a local Winter Olympics hero back to Minnesota. Saturday was “Jessie Diggins Day” in Stillwater. 

A parade was held for the Afton native who, along with her teammate Kikkan Randall, won the first ever US gold medal in cross-country skiing at the winter games in February. 

Diggins, a Stillwater High School graduate was thrilled to be back—even during a massive snowstorm. She waved and threw souvenir gold medals to the crowds. 

“This is where I learned about teamwork, camaraderie, working so hard together,” Diggins said. “It’s where I learned to love racing.” 

Afton is also planning a day of celebration for its hometown champion. “Jessie Diggins Day” in Afton will be on May 12.