Terrie Hanke

Eye on the Trail: Bacon and Wiljes are in Nome

Ever smiling Kristin Bacon stood under the burled arch for the second year in a row. Last year her goal was to finish with a healthy happy dog team and in so doing she collect the belt buckle given to all rookies who finish Iditarod. This year, her goal was to finish with a healthy …


Eye on the Trail: Stielstra and Herbst in Nome

Rookie Justin Stielstra has earned his Iditarod Finisher’s Belt Buckle coming to the finish line in 51st place. The young Stielstra is a Texas transplant with stops in Michigan along the way. Justin worked for his Uncle, Iditarod veteran Ed Stielstra helping to train the Nature’s Kennel Race team and realized that working with sled dogs …


Eye on the Trail: High and Delcourt into Nome

Rookie Justin High came down Front Street wearing a brightly colored parka and a big smile on his face. There could be many reasons for the smile – he finished the Last Great Race™, he earned the coveted belt buckle but perhaps the biggest reason was that his wife Jamiee and 1-year-old daughter were standing …


Eye on the Trail: Jonrowe and Johnson at the Arch

Make it 32 finishes out of 35 starts for the Lady in Pink. Not surprising, the breast cancer survivor has made pink her signature color for herself, booties, dog coats, sled bag and even her dog truck. DeeDee Jonrowe has been one of the first ten mushers to make Nome on 16 occasions. Her best …


Eye on the Trail: Hjelvik and Bejna into Nome

Geir Idar Hjelvik is back for his second Iditarod. He earned his finisher’s belt buckle in 2016. Geir didn’t stand on runners for his first experience with working dogs, he stood on skies behind a German shepherd. From there he began learning the sport of mushing and soon began his own kennel with dogs of …


Eye on the Trail: Final Trio for Thursday in Nome

Iditarod spectators really weren’t hearing things or seeing double this afternoon. The siren sounded twice announcing the arrival of Anna Berington and Kristy Berington. There were two squad cars waiting down near Subway and the movie theater to escort the twins to the Burled Arch. Then there were two teams heading down the left side …


Eye on the Trail: Busy in Nome as Mushers 34 to 39 Arrive

After Seth Barnes cleared the chute but before Karin Hendrickson arrived, the bucket truck from the power company arrived to assist in re-hanging the Iditarod banner. A storm came through Nome earlier in the week and officials decided to take the sign down rather than let the wind tear it to shreds. Today the banner …


Eye on the Trail: Finishers 26 to 33 in Nome

The 26th musher to cross the finish line in Nome was adventurer Lars Monson. Looking at his bio, adventure should be his middle name. His trademark is long expeditions. Iditarod, a native word meaning far distant place, certainly qualifies. Monson has spent 4,500 nights in a sleeping bag with more than half of that being …


Eye on the Trail: Mackey, Robert Redington, Vergnaud, Diehl and Peterson in Nome

Have arrived in Nome so switching from Unalakleet gear to Nome gear. I’m very happy to have been in Unalakleet to speak with the final musher to make the coast from Kaltag. From Unalakleet to Nome, the trail is anything but down hill. Upon leaving Unalakleet for Shaktoolik the teams have to climb through the …


Eye on the Trail: Final 4 Make the Coast

It’s March, so talk about the Sweet 16, the Elite 8 and the Final 4 is the buzz. Sure it’s usually about basketball be it high school or college but today it’s about Iditarod mushers.  This afternoon, on day 9 of Iditarod, the Final 4 arrived in Unalakleet. They had camped at Old Woman Cabin …