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Abby Geotz (left) at home in Crosby and her husband Mike Schmitt, daughter Haile

Family matters


CROSBY — There are a lot of people who could call Peggy Lorenson “mom.” Lorenson, a resident of Crosby, has been a foster parent for more than 30 years. 

Lorenson isn’t exactly sure how many children have lived in her home over the last three decades. “All I can say is hundreds,” Lorenson said. Her family estimates about 500 or 600. Of the hundreds that passed through Lorenson’s home, one little girl became a permanent fixture in the family. 

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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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