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New reindeer corral being built near St. Michael

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NOME, Alaska (AP) — Volunteers are in the process of building a new corral for a reindeer herd on St. Michael Island.

KNOM reports (http://is.gd/21sTZl) the first fence posts went up Thursday at the new site, located about three miles southeast of the community of St. Michael.

The lease expired at the former site, owned by the Stebbins Native Corp., which is using that land for gravel excavation.

The herd is jointly owned by the Native Village of St. Michael, the Stebbins Community Association and the Katcheak family.

One of the owners and the lifelong reindeer herder, Theodore Katcheak, said construction should take about two weeks.

He says the herd does not make a profit, so they must rely on volunteers.

St. Michael is located about 120 miles southeast of Nome.

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Information from: KNOM-AM, http://www.knom.org

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