RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.
Should you want to send a handwritten note to the remote Alaskan village of Nelson Lagoon, your choices are plane, boat or soda bottle - though it could take 21 years by bottle. One sent by a fourth-grader back in 1987 just washed up on a beach there. It had bobbed more than 1,700 miles up the coast from Washington. A beachcomber found it and wrote back. He opted to use the much quicker U.S. postal service.
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