Rookie Iditarod musher Niklas Wikstrand, bib No. 42, of Nes, Akershus, Norway scratched at 12:42 a.m. Tuesday at the Kaltag checkpoint.

According to a release from the Iditarod, Wikstrand scratched out of the best interest of his race team.

He had 12 dogs in harness at the time he made the decision to scratch.

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