Halter, Iditarod musher, to visit Vermillion students

Halter, Iditarod musher, to visit Vermillion students Iditarod musher Vern Halter, along with his wife Susan Whiton, will visit with local students on May 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at St. Agnes School in Vermillion.

They will share experiences preparing for the race and what it is like racing on the Iditarod Trail. Their presentation will include some of their race dogs, an outfitted sled and a short video presentation from the 2000 Iditarod.

Norwest Bank is a corporate sponsor of Halter, supporting his quest to win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Halter placed 21st out of 81 mushers in this year's race. He and his wife are owners of Dream-a-Dream Dog Farm in Trapper Creek, AK.

Halter is a graduate of USD Law School and served as a public defender in Kotzebue, AK, prior to his full-time training to win the Iditarod. Halter started sled dog racing in 1983, when he participated in his first Iditarod Race, finishing 28th. He has completed the race 13 times.

In 1989, Halter placed second in the Yukon Quest in Alaska and third in the John Beargrease Race, held in Minnesota. In 1990, he was the Yukon Quest champion and finished second in the John Beargrease Race. Halter was the winner of the 1998 Klondike 300 Sled Dog Race, held in Klondike, AK.

Whiton, a licensed veterinarian is active in promoting responsible dog care. She also competes in dogsled races and is a two-time Iditarod finisher.

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