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Sgt. Shaun Tichenor, a Staples-Motley High School graduate who lost a limb as th

A story of determination


 For America’s wounded soldiers the battles continue even though they’re thousands of miles removed from the front.

Sgt. Shaun Tichenor, 32, a graduate of Staples-Motley High School, is currently rehabilitating at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., after stepping on an improvised explosive device last spring in Afghanistan and undergoing a leg amputation in June.

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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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