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‘For the neighborhood’


Ben Magnan of Baxter has been adorning his home with Christmas decorations since he retired from service in the Navy in 1988. His current home on Forestview Drive South is bedecked with thousands of lights and other Christmas trimmings.

"I do it for the neighborhood. The kids wait for you to flip the lights on and neighbors have stopped to tell me it's an inspiration to them."

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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