Named after the motto of the state of Minnesota "L'etoile du Nord" (the North Star), the Star of the North Stockdog Trial started in 2006 as a way to bring the craft and sport of sheepdog trailing to people in the greater metro area. The trials are held in partner ship with Gale Woods, a park in the Three Rivers Park District that sits on over 600 acres just west of the city of Mound MN. The land was given to the parks district by the family of Richard P and Isobel Gale. Richard Gale was a Minnesota legislator from 1939 t0 1940 and a US Congressman from 1940 - 1945. The land was donated with the condition that it be used to provide farm and nature-based learning an recreational activities for the public's enjoyment and enlightenment. In keeping with that mission, Star of the North and Gale Woods team up to bring dogs and handlers from across the USA and Canada to compete in this spectacular natural setting.