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Iditarod Musher Visits First Graders

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A group of first graders gets to learn what it takes to be a musher.

Although he now lives in Alaska, Iditarod musher Kelly Maixner still visits his home state of North Dakota.

He says every time he comes home, it's always fun to talk with students and tell them about the biggest dog-sled race in the nation.

Maixner says students are cute and always ask good questions, and judging by their excitement, he might have inspired a few to become future mushers.

"Maybe, maybe, it'd be cool if there was, you know, some more mushers coming out of North Dakota. There is periodically mushers, there was one other North Dakota lady in the race this year. But yeah it'd be cool if we had a few more mushers out of the state," says Kelly Maixner, Iditarod Musher.

Maixner also gave the students booties his dogs wore during the race.

He told them the booties still even smell like them.

Maixner says training for the Iditarod is a big commitment.

He plans to give it one more shot and race again next year.

Then he says he'll probably retire so he can spend more time with his family.

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