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Feature Interviews (2013)

In Unalakleet, Burmeister reports a “long night”

For Aaron Burmeister, getting onto the Norton Sound coast was far from easy. “The run last night took the wind out of my sails, unfortunately,” he told KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen earlier today. “It was a long night.” Speaking in Unalakleet on Sunday, the Iditarod veteran remained focused on his dogs. The many challenges of the Kaltag-to-Unalakleet…

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In Kaltag, Royer eager to leave the Yukon

Jessie Royer, coming in to Kaltag, was grateful to be done with the Yukon. “(I’m) glad to be off the river,” Royer told KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen, especially given the trail behind her, which she describes as “a big bowl of sugar.” The Montana musher was a bit measured in her assessment of her team’s…

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Berkowitz, in Kaltag, “in good spirits”

“The dogs are doing great,” Big Lake, Alaska’s Jake Berkowitz says, “and we’re in good spirits.” As of late Saturday night, the 26-year-old Berkowitz has ample reason to feel excited about his 2013 Iditarod run: he’s in 5th position and mushing with the largest team (15 dogs) of Iditarod’s top 20 competitors. But in his…

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Trail-breaking into Kaltag: Martin Buser

The trail heading into Kaltag early this afternoon was windblown, drifted in, and slow. Idiatord.com’s blogger Joe Runyan said he spoke to the trail breakers about the snow, and they described it as “mashed potatoes.” As the first musher to hit this section of trail, Martin Buser lost a bit of his lead. There is…

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In Anvik: three former champions

This afternoon in Anvik, 3 former Iditarod champions: John Baker, Jeff King, and Lance Mackey sat with KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen to talk about the race so far, and look ahead at what’s to come. Kotzebue’s John Baker declared his 8-hour layover in Anvik at 12:27pm this afternoon. He said the warm weather is definitely factoring…

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In Anvik, Petit lauds his “happy leaders”

In the Anvik checkpoint, Girdwood, Alaska’s Nicholas Petit is taking his 8-hour, Yukon-River layover – along with a sled dog team that, seemingly, has made him a very happy musher in Iditarod 2013. Asked by KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen what he has learned in this year’s Iditarod – only his second time in the…

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A rookie way out front: Joar Leifseth Ulsom, in Anvik

Joar Leifseth Ulsom says his dogs are “running at a nice pace,” which, on Friday morning, seems like an understatement. The 26-year-old Norwegian is an accomplished musher internationally but a rookie to the Last Great Race, and by a sizable margin, he’s easily the lead rookie of this year’s Iditarod (so far, at least). Ulsom…

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Rested, from Iditarod: Mackey & Lindner

Lance Mackey and Sonny Lindner hit the trail to Shageluk in the 10’o clock hour last night, fresh from a 24-hour layover in the Iditarod checkpoint. Lance abandoned his original plan to push to Anvik for his 24, taking into account the long, hard run getting to Iditarod from Ophir. The trail was “demanding,” and…

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