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Iditarod

If dogs, skis or snowmobiles interest you, the early October snow in the Interior probably excited you.  Then there was nothing. Even Paxson had a dry spell.   But, finally, the snow began to return. 

John Schandelmeier
Iditarod veteran Karin Hendrickson broke three vertebrae in an accident last month but is moving forward, thanks to an outpouring of support. Although she won't be on the sled, her dogs will run the Iditarod in March. Suzanna Caldwell
The Iditarod Trail Committee spent the fall doing major renovations to 20 miles of trail from Rohn to Farewell Lake, a year after numerous mushers were injured during the race in that area.Suzanna Caldwell
The world's most famous sled dog race is putting some more cold cash into the hands of its top mushers. The winner of next year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will pocket $70,000, which is $19,600 more than what the top musher received last year, Stan Hooley, the race's executive director, said Tuesday.Mark Thiessen

“I could see it coming and there wasn’t a dang thing I could do about it,” Karin Hendrickson said from a hospital bed Thursday, two days after being struck by an SUV while training her dog team along the Parks Highway.

Tegan Hanlon
“I could see it coming and there wasn’t a dang thing I could do about it,” Karin Hendrickson said from a hospital bed Thursday, two days after being struck by an SUV while training her dog team along the Parks Highway.Tegan Hanlon
Iditarod veteran Karin Hendrickson was listed in fair condition Wednesday after being struck by a car during a training run alongside the Parks Highway.Suzanna Caldwell
Philip Esai, who helped feed and shelter many Iditarod mushers over the years at his Big River cabin, will be the honorary musher in next year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Beth Bragg
Most accidents driving a team of sled dogs were caused by a lack of preparedness or, like Karin Hendrickson’s, were an accident in its purest form.John Schandelmeier
Karin Hendrickson, a six-time Iditarod musher, was hospitalized late Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle while training with her dogs along the Parks Highway in the Willow area, according to her mother, Gwen Rodman. Tegan Hanlon,Zaz Hollander

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