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By Betty Vanderwielen

Royer experienced quarantine quagmire returning from Iditarod


Walter Hodges

Jessie Royer surrounded by her sled dogs. She has 60 dogs.

SEELEY LAKE – Traditionally, a large cheering crowd greets the first mushers to arrive in Nome, Alaska, the endpoint of the Iditarod dogsled race. Local musher Jessie Royer, who pushed into Nome March 18 for a triumphant third-place finish said, "It was very strange. It was kind of like a ghost town. Like there wasn't hardly anybody up there." That was just the beginning of Royer's abrupt initiation into the coronavirus pandemic raging around the world.

Royer, now back at her home at Placid Lake, said during the latter half of the race she had hints something serious was going on because...

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