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Bill Matthies put away dive helmets at the Minnesota Dive Shop in Brainerd.

Matthies makes a big splash


When the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society decided to start an award to honor contributions to diving in the Great Lakes region, the first choice appeared obvious.

They picked Bill Matthies of Brainerd. 

“The guy who has been in the business, been an instructor the longest ever and he happens to be in our state, what a perfect opportunity for us,” said Phil Kerber, preservation society president. 

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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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