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This week we were introduced to the second greatest character in “Slednecks,” Carl the Reindeer.

Emily Fehrenbacher
My husband works on the Slope (two on, two off) and one of his coworkers on the night shift is a pretty blond woman. The thought of them spending every night working in close quarters up there is driving me crazy.Wayne and Wanda
This week on Reading the North: "As All My Fathers Were" by James Misko and "Edge of Nowhere" by John Smelcer.Kathleen Macknicki
Denali Whiting of Kotzebue is using traditional foods like seal, caribou and salmon to hone her body for competition.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
Let's hope that no readers of “Hold the Dark” leave Giraldi’s parable of nature gone wild thinking that Alaskans are inbred, superstitious, booger-eating, merciless murderers. There’s little to like or relate to in the beings that populate this book.      Nancy Lord
Deacon and former big-game guide Curt Leuenberger, just 52, was laid low when his kidneys began to fail. Despite going into a coma, he eventually rallied to survive after two transplants.   Joel Davidson | Catholic Anchor

On the hunt for holiday meal inspiration? Look no further. Here's a collection of fall treats from our favorite Alaska food writers.

Victoria Barber
One key factor weighing against people of faith is consumerism. Consumerism appears to be destroying our national holiday celebration of Thanksgiving and has successfully destroyed the true spirit of Christmas.Chris Thompson
In honor of our local farmers and foragers, here are a few side dish recipes featuring Alaskan grown potatoes and carrots, and wild harvested cranberries and mushrooms to make next week. Shannon Kuhn
Expecting high demand for peak travel months in 2015, Denali National Park and Preserve will soon be opening the early reservation process for the park's four major campgrounds and its shuttle service. Megan Edge