- Associated Press - Sunday, May 11, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota native who has participated in four Iditarod races in Alaska says he might hang up his dog sled after next year’s event.

Kelly Maixner was raised in Golva. He now lives in Big Lake, Alaska. His best finish in the Iditarod is 30th, in 2011.

Maixner says training for the grueling, 1,000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome is a big commitment, but he plans to give it one more shot next year before likely retiring.