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Musher Michelle Phillips of Tagish, Yukon Territory, Canada, makes the final push on the Bering Sea ice March 13 for the finish line a few miles outside Nome, Alaska.

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Local veterinarian braves tundra for Iditarod

Moose, not bears, are the biggest threat to sled dogs racing almost 1,000 miles across the frozen Alaskan wilderness. That was one of the many interesting aspects of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that Sterling Thomas of The Dalles learned when he recently volunteered as a veterinarian.

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