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Patsy Olson

Age: 71.

Residence: South Long Lake in rural Brainerd for 53 years.

Family?: Married to Gary for 53 years; four sons; and four grandchildren.

Your secret to a long-lasting relationship?: “Overlook their faults and have lots of patience.” 

Highlight in your life “Our trip to Alaska. We went there in 1994 and 2005. The best part of the trip was our trip to Mount McKinley.

Something you would like to do before you die?: “Go back to Alaska or go to Hawaii. I’ve never been there.”

Hobbies? “Gardening and sewing. I like to make quilts and I’ve made snowmobile suits. You name it I’ve made it.”

Favorite flower: “Roses. I like the pink ones best.”

Favorite book: “Gone with the Wind.”

Something people don’t know about you: “That I’m really shy.”

— By Jennifer Stockinger, 

Staff Writer 

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.