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  • Photos by Reed Klass, Lacey Young and Liam Keshishian
  • 2 min to read

Not only do the mushers of the Race to the Sky battle each other, but they battle the sometimes inhospitable elements they race in. Conditions for this year's race have been cold with temperatures well below zero at night and this means care for the dogs is paramount. The intimacy of the teams' relationship is on full display as the mushers and handlers go to extreme lengths to ensure the comfort and performance of their canine athletes. 

  • By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press

Two more deer in a southwestern North Dakota hunting unit have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. That brings the number of cases there since 2009 to 11. But state wildlife officials say almost all of the cases are clustered in a small area. And they think they can keep the deadly ailment from spreading throughout the state where deer hunting is a major economic contributor.