- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Four people with North Dakota ties are among the mushers in this year’s Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska.

Three North Dakota natives are in the race. Fifty-seven-year-old Mark Selland was born and raised in Minot, and now lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Thirty-nine-year-old Kelly Maixner was raised in the Golva area, and now lives in Big Lake, Alaska. Fifty-four-year-old Ellen Halverson is formerly of the Thompson area, and now lives in Wasilla, Alaska.

Seventy-four-year-old Jim Lanier was born in Washington, D.C., but was raised in Fargo. He now lives in Chugiak, Alaska.

The four are among 78 mushers who started this year’s race.

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