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ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin will kick off the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by signing a bill to honor four-time winner Susan Butcher.
House Bill 37 establishes the first Saturday of every March as Susan Butcher Day. Lawmakers passed the bill earlier this month.
The Alaska House approved the measure unanimously in 2007, the first of the two-year session, but the bill languished in a Senate committee.
The Senate eventually backed the House with a 14-2 vote. When that happened, Palin had pledged to sign the bill before this year's race. She will do that at the ceremonial start of the race Saturday in Anchorage.
Butcher, the second woman to win the Iditarod, died in August 2006 of leukemia.