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In North Pole, Alaska, Christmas is a year-round labor of love for Santa's helpers
In North Pole, Alaska, Christmas is a year-round labor of love for Santa's helpers

Along the Richardson Highway in the Alaskan interior, "towns" — and that's being generous — often spring up for a single purpose: to provide food, water and, of course, fuel to passing motorists. Mosquito Junction was once such a wayside. But that was before the handful of residents decided to incorporate and name their frigid outpost North Pole. Now the streetlights and fire hydrants are striped like candy canes. Santa Claus, naturally, is in residence year-round at the holiday-themed gift shop bearing his name. And when the letters from children start pouring in, St. Nick drafts a legion of locals to help with the replies. The municipal motto is "Where...

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