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Wells Fargo has dropped its sponsorship of the world
Wells Fargo has dropped its sponsorship of the world's most famous sled dog race, a move race officials have blamed on animal rights groups targeting corporate offices outside Alaska. (MARK THIESSEN / AP) - Anchorage, AK, USAThe world’s most famous sled dog race has lost a major backer, and Alaska race officials are blaming animal rights organizations for pressuring corporate sponsors outside the state like Wells Fargo with “manipulative information” about the treatment of the dogs.

Wells Fargo spokesperson David Kennedy said Wednesday the banking institution’s investment in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has declined since 2010. He said he could not discuss specific reasons for the San Francisco-based bank dropping the sponsorship altogether.

“Wells Fargo regularly reviews where we allocate our marketing resources to build and enhance relationships with customers and the...
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A condition approved by the Chisago County Board of Commissioners Nov. 16, 2016, that owners of a pack of sled dogs build a structure to house them inside at night was not agreeable to the couple, so they decided to surrender their interim use permit.

The board accepted the surrender unanimously at its May 17 meeting without much discussion.

Ryan Anderson, a musher with 26 years of experience, and Missy Carpentier, a veterinary neurologist, came to the board in the fall of last year with a proposal to house the dogs on their 50-acre property off River Road...
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Yvonne Dabakk’s sled during the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race featured a large trailer, which could be used to house a dog. Mushers were banned from hauling dogs in trailers for the 2017 Iditarod. (Loren Holmes / ADN archive 2015)
Yvonne Dabakk’s sled during the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race featured a large trailer, which could be used to house a dog. Mushers were banned from hauling dogs in trailers for the 2017 Iditarod. (Loren Holmes / ADN archive 2015) - Anchorage, AK, USAIditarod mushers who want to haul resting dogs during next year's 1,000-mile race to Nome will face further restrictions, following a vote by the Iditarod Board of Directors on Friday.

In the 4-3 vote, the board decided that mushers can only carry dogs in front of their racing sleds' handlebars, so they can see the dogs at all times.

"I don't think it's necessary to haul dogs in a trailer to get to Nome," said Rick Swenson, a board member and five-time Iditarod champion who finished his last Iditarod in 2012. Swenson, who voted in favor of the...
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