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Spring came to interior Alaska with a crash, a splash and $108,000. As in 28 previous years, last week's icebreak on the Tanana (rhymes with Anna gnaw) River was big news. To the lucky sourdough or trapper who guessed the day, hour and nearest minute the ice went out would go a record $108,000. And like other big news, Alaskans knew they would hear it first from Fairbanks radio station KFAR, whose special events crew was camped at Nenana (rhymes with keen Anna), 150 miles south of the Arctic circle.

Announcer Ed Stevens hooked...

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