A musher drives his team across the frozen Norton Sound near Nome, Alaska, during the 1996 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

A musher drives his team across the frozen Norton Sound near Nome, Alaska, during the 1996 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

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