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March 22, 1998 | From Associated Press
Balto, come home. Alaska schoolchildren are petitioning a Cleveland museum to return the stuffed remains of Balto, the sled dog that led the last leg of a heroic 1925 relay to bring lifesaving diphtheria serum to Nome. But officials at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History are adamant. "The dog is not going to be returned," director James King said. Nome was in the throes of a deadly epidemic at the time of the dog-sled relay, and Balto was hailed as a hero.
August 30, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Two teams from the Soviet Union are expected to enter the 1990 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome, race officials say. "We have issued an invitation; they have responded, accepting our invitation," said Rosemary Phillips, the race's executive director. "That is a definite." One of the Soviet mushers will be training with three-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher near Manley, north of Fairbanks, Phillips said.
January 27, 1986 | Associated Press
Hans Hiltebrand piloted his Swiss sled to the gold medal Sunday at the European Four-Man Bobsled Championships in a total time of 3 minutes 35.20 seconds over four runs. East Germany 1, with Bernhard Lehmann driving, was second and Austria 1, which led after the first day of competition, ended up in third place with Peter Kienast piloting.
January 31, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Musher Joe Runyan of Nenana, Alaska, won his second straight stage in the Alpirod, leading another American sweep of the top places in the international sled dog race. Runyan, winner of last year's Alpirod, covered the 70-kilometer (42-mile) course from Maloja to Lavin in the Engadine Valley near St. Moritz in 3 hours, 7 minutes, 32 seconds, clocking an average speed of 22.396 KmH (about 13 m.p.h.
March 7, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Cheered by thousands of fans lining Anchorage streets covered with snow trucked in because of unusually warm weather, 68 teams dashed out of the Alaska city Saturday to start the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Defending champion Martin Buser was the first musher out of the chute to begin the 1,161-mile trek across some of the world's most remote and unpredictable terrain. Other mushers, most driving the maximum 20 dogs, followed at two-minute intervals.
Joe Redington, the founder of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the first person to lead a successful dog sled ascent of Mt. McKinley, died Thursday at his home in Knik, Alaska. He was 82 and succumbed to throat cancer, which he had been fighting since 1997. Redington--a wiry, sometimes frail-looking man who stood 5 foot 6 and weighed perhaps 145 pounds--was once called "The Toughest Man in Alaska" in a newspaper headline.
March 15, 1989 | From United Press International
Mushers Joe Runyan and Susan Butcher were racing one behind the other today in a dash down the last stretch of trail to Nome in what could be a photo finish in the 1,168-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Hundreds of people have gathered in this historic Gold Rush town to await the finish today as race narrowed to a two-team contest. Runyan left Safety, 22 miles from finish, at 11:22 a.m. Alaska time (12:22 p.m. PST).
March 27, 1988 | JON FERRY, Reuters
A distemper outbreak that decimated the Canadian sled dog population is good news for polar bears but threatens the livelihood of Eskimo hunters. Doug Heard, a wildlife biologist for the Northwest Territories government, said recently that distemper during the last three months has killed as many as 1,000 of the husky-type animals in Canada's vast central Arctic region, spreading as far east as Greenland.
March 20, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
An exhausted Libby Riddles, enjoying a comfortable lead, mushed into Nome today to become the first woman ever to win the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage. The 28-year-old Riddles drove her team of 13 dogs under the wooden arch on Front Street at 9:20 a.m. "I can't even believe it yet," Riddles said as she stood in the victory chute. "I thought I had the team to do it. I didn't know if I could keep up my end of it."
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