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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 12:00 am

FAIRBANKS — The Tanana River ice at Nenana was the thinnest it’s been in more than a month when Nenana Ice Classic officials measured it on Thursday.

The ice measured 47.2 inches, which was almost 4 inches thinner than it was on Monday and the thinnest measurement since Feb. 6 when it was measured at 42 inches.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the ice is shrinking, Ice Classic manager Cherrie Forness said. The measurements are taken in different spots each time and Forness finds it hard to believe the ice has gotten thinner, given the recent spate of cold weather.

The deadline to buy tickets to guess the day and time the ice will go out in Nenana is midnight on April 5. There will be two more measurements taken — on Monday and Thursday — before the ticket deadline.

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