Alaska’s governor-elect to be sworn in above Arctic Circle

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s newly elected governor will be sworn in above the Arctic Circle, marking a first for the state.

Republican Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy will become Alaska’s top elected official Dec. 3. That’s when he takes the oath of office in the tiny Inupiat Eskimo village of Noorvik, where his Alaska Native wife, Rose, grew up.

The community is more than a thousand miles from the state capital of Juneau, where most of Alaska’s governors have been sworn in.

Dunleavy says he and his wife chose Noorvik out of respect for her family and because of “fond memories” of the years they spent in rural Alaska.

It’s not the first time the remote village of 670 people has been in the limelight. It was the first community counted in the 2010 census.

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