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      Stielstra withdraws from Iditarod

      They're getting ready to run the dogs in Anchorage. The 42nd Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts Saturday in Alaska's largest city. This is the noncompetitive start, and a festival-like atmosphere will be evident as mushers greet fans and take a leisurely 11-mile run on urban trails in Anchorage. The real race starts Sunday in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage. That's the official start of the race that will see mushers go over two mountain ranges. They'll also mush on the Yukon River and on the frozen Bering Sea coast in the quest to be the first to reach Nome. The nearly 1,000-mile race will end in about 10 days on Alaska's western coast.

      Veteran Upper Michigan musher Ed Stielstra, from McMillan was set to run his eighth Iditarod, but withdrew.

      More information to come.