Photo and Story by Diana Haecker, APRN – Nome
With the arrival of Ellen Halverson in Nome, the 2011 Iditarod trail sled dog race officially came to an end. US Senator Lisa Murkowski was a surprise visitor under the burled arch and handed over the widow’s Lantern for Halverson to extinguish. APRN’s Diana Haecker was at the finish line in Nome as Halverson’s dogs made it up Front Street.
Photo: U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski was on hand to present Ellen Halverson with the Widow’s Lantern to be put out. Halverson was the last musher off the trail and into Nome on Sunday morning, officially finishing Iditarod 39.
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