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The remains of 2nd Lt. Harry Bedard, a brother of the late Brainerd Mayor George

Bedard relatives welcome home World War II airman


Relatives of the late Brainerd Mayor George Bedard were “thrilled” to learn  the remains of his brother, Harry, a World War II serviceman, returned to Minnesota Wednesday.

Janet Bedard, a Central Lakes College instructor whose husband Robert “George” Bedard was Harry Bedard’s nephew, said the family believed that Harry would have been humbled by all the attention his belated return home has created. 

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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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