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Associated Press, Published November 13 2010

ND native to compete in her fourth Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Bismarck native Heather Siirtola plans to make another Iditarod run.

Siirtola skipped this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska for several reasons, including that she had moved her kennel to a new home near Talkeetna, Alaska, during the time of year when she normally would be training her team.

She had competed in the previous three races and finished all of them, though she was never in the running for the win. In her last Iditarod, she finished 37th in a field of 67 teams. Siirtola says she's focused on improving her finish.

The 1,150-mile trek gets under way March 5.