Bessemer woman making mark as Alaska dog musher 


February 20, 2021

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Julie Ahnen runs her dogs along the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race in January near Glennallen, Alaska. The photo was submitted by Whitney McLaren.


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BRUSHKANA, Alaska - A former Bessemer resident who wanted to take a year off before starting a career in nursing is now making her mark in the world of Alaska dog sled racing.

Julie Ahnen has spent the past three years working for dog handlers and is now competing in major races. Her finish times have surprised herself as much as others for racing younger dogs against some of the best mushers in the world.

"This is definitely the biggest year in racing that I've ever done," Ahnen said. "I did a couple of 60 mile races, a 200 mile race a couple...

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