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Meet Brian

Hello Friends, Putting on a race like the Iditarod takes a LOT of effort. Many people are in our offices year round – working and planning for the Last Great Race. One person who has been working since June is our new Teacher on the Trail, Brian Hickox. Brian is an 8th grade English teacher …

New Beginnings

  Dear Teachers, Welcome back to another school year!  I am sure you have been busy preparing your classroom for all of the new students.  Your students will become your team for the upcoming academic year…mush forward. Speaking of new team members…our kennel just added a new member to the roster, Topaz! She is getting …

Sanka’s Zoom Lens: Jinx, Dream a Dream’s Cat

Dream a Dream Dog Farm is not only home to forty sled dogs and a border collie, but Jinx lives there too.  Jinx reminds me of Danger, a cat that lived with Libby Riddles.  Who is Libby Riddles?  What is she famous for in the world of Iditarod?  Libby has written Danger the Dog Yard …

Sanka’s Zoom Lens – Harnessing & Booting

It’s a tradition at Iditarod Summer Teacher’s camp – Harnessing and Booting.  Teachers pair up to harness and boot a dog.  Each member of the team has to put the harness on properly and then apply four booties.  After completing the task and removing the harness and the boots, it’s the next team members turn. …

Zoom Lens by Sanka – Candy Bars

There are eleven 8 week old puppies at Dream A Dream Dog Farm.  They are enthusiastic, energetic and cute.  Everyday the puppies go for walks with mushers Vern Halter and Cindy Abbott.  This week the teachers attending Iditarod Summer Teacher’s Camp have joined the walks on the trails through the woods.  Brian Hickox, Iditarod’s 2019 …

Writing to Mushers

    Hi Boys and Girls, I’ve been trying to find Iditarod things to do since the end of the race.  The race is over, the mushers and teams are home or heading home, and all is quiet at the checkpoints.  So what now???  I’ve decided to write a letter to some of my favorite …

Finishers Banquet

    Hi Boys and Girls, This years Iditarod wrapped up Sunday night at the Finishers Banquet.  After a yummy dinner, all the awards earned were given out.  Congratulations to the award winners. This years awards: PenAir Spirit of Alaska Award- presented to the first musher to reach the checkpoint of Mcgrath.  This years winner …

Awards!

Hello friends, Here it is . . . the end of another Iditarod. Lots of my K9 friends crossed under the Burled Arch in Nome with happy faces and tail wags. 52 teams finished the race with Joar Leifseth Ulsom claiming first and Magnus Kaltenborn claiming the Red Lantern. The Finisher’s Banquet was held Sunday …

Red Lantern and the Widows Lamp

    Hi Boys and Girls, Have you ever wondered what the Red Lantern is?  Why would the last musher to cross the finish line get a special award?  The Red Lantern actually started as a joke in 1953 during the Fur Rendezvous Race.  It then passed over to the Iditarod.  Today it is a …

Daily Update 15

  Hi Boys and Girls, The final team has crossed under the Burled Arches.  Magnus Kaltenborn has received the Red Lantern award for being the last team to cross the finish.  Congratulations to all the mushers!  See you tomorrow night at the Finishers Banquet.            Finished: Shaynee Traska 12 days 16 …