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Thinning ice signals culmination of Nenana Ice Classic


FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The clock is ticking down on an annual Alaska rite of spring.

Cherrie Forness, manager of the Nenana Ice Classic, said Sunday ice over the frozen Tanana River at Nenana should shift soon, moving a tripod erected on the river and tripping a clock to determine who wins the jackpot in the annual guessing contest.

“It could pretty much happen any time,” Forness said of river ice breakup.

It's the 99th year of the Nenana Ice Classic, begun when railroad construction workers first bet when ice would move on the river and boats could begin moving on interior Alaska's...

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