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Alaska Dispatch's best photos of 2011

John Hopson's whaling crew in Wainwright cuts up a whale for distribution at a village celebration.
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A flock of swans feed in a pond alongside the Glenn Highway near Palmer on Sunday, September 25.
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Raymond Aguvluk cuts off a piece of bowhead whale flipper to get it ready for distribution at a celebration in the village of Wainwright.
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A truck hauls drill pipe through wheat fields from a drilling site near Williston, North Dakota.
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Garrison Keillor’s performs for a sold-out house during “A Prairie Home Companion Summer Love Tour” at the 2011 Alaska State Fair on August 28.
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Barrow, Alaska artist Larry Okomailak.
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The first frost of the season clings to a sunflower near Palmer on Tuesday, September 27.
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A visitor to Barrow takes pictures of the Arctic Ocean in June.
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Gratuitous kitten picture.
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A romanesco cauliflower head at the Glacier Valley Farm Barn Market in Palmer on Saturday, August 6.
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The cabbage fairies were on hand for the 16th annual giant cabbage weigh-off at the Alaska State Fair on Friday, September 2. Grower Steve Hubacek captured first place with a 126.4-pound entry, just shy of his 127 pound world record.
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The head of a beluga whale taken in a subsistence hunt decomposes on the tundra near Wainwright.
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Participants in a potato sack race bound to the finish line at the Alaska Farmland trust picnic on Sunday, July 31.
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A foal nurses as its mother looks on in a pasture off Farm Loop Road in Palmer.
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Ben Vanderweele plants potatoes in a field off Outer Spring Loop on May 27, 2011.
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Vangie Alexander milks a cow at Tranquility Heights Farm near Palmer.
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A swallowtail butterfly alights on a lilac bush near Palmer on June 17, 2011.
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Kevin Apok welcomes John Baker to White Mountain with a sign on Monday.
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John Baker leads his team across the finish line in Nome.
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Aerial view of Nome, Alaska.
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Ray Redington Jr. tips his cap to fans as he approaches the ramp to Front Street in Nome on Tuesday.
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Gerry Willomitzer tries to touch a boom camera as he leaves the 2011 Iditarod ceremonial start line.
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A team travels on the Yukon River between the Anvik and Grayling checkpoints.
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Dallas Seavey mushes past the church and into Anvik on Friday.
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A crew cleans red salmon on the beach near the mouth of the Kasilof River on Sunday, June 19.
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Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Danish Ambassador to the United States, looks over his notes before addressing the Arctic International Affairs panel at the Arctic Imperative Summit at the Alyeska Resort on Monday, June 20, 2011.
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Brook Wedin hoists a boat-load of halibut for a picture at the Seward Harbor after a fishing charter on June 8, 2011.
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Central Mat-Su firefighter Justin Ortolano battles a training fire at the University of Alaska's Experimental Farm near Palmer on Tuesday, May 17
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This year Front Row has traveled to the shores of the Arctic Ocean, from Anchorage to Nome documenting John Baker's historic Iditarod victory, followed Alaskans south to work in North Dakota's oil patch, and just down the street to the agricultural heart of Alaska.