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Santa Goes to Shishmaref

Mr. and Mrs. Claus in Shishmaref, Alaska

Even though ours is a region plentiful in reindeer, that’s not how Santa Claus traveled to one of the communities KNOM serves for a special visit last month.

As reported by reporter Francesca Fenzi, Mr. and Mrs. Claus took more extreme transportation — a C-130 cargo plane — to make the trek to Shishmaref, Alaska as part of the special program “Operation Santa Claus.”

You’ll find snapshots of this special trip above; elsewhere on this website, you can hear Francesca’s full story — and see how Santa’s visit brought everything from ice cream to a brass band to Shishmaref.


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