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• Permanent Fund: The state’s most famous investment fund is on a roll, nearing $75 billion.

• Student essays on Mars: Three Alaska students’ essays are among the 155 taken to Mars with the Perseverance rover. Far out!

• Hope for cruising: Rep. Don Young is pursuing a workaround on Canada’s cruise ship ban. Alaska is holding its breath.

• Rogue swan: Injured trumpeter swan finally captured after months on the lam.

Thumbs down:

• Bear bite: Haines woman survives bare buns bear encounter while visiting the outhouse. Only in Alaska.

• New strain: Brazilian strain of COVID-19 has reached Alaska. Keep those masks on.

Sarah Erkmann Ward, Blueprint Alaska

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