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Remembering Kitty Wells' Pillager concert

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Before country music stars filled stadiums and even before Loretta Lynn was a household name — there was Kitty Wells, the original queen of country music.

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The first woman soloist to score a No. 1 hit on the country charts toured into the late 1970s and I had a chance to interview her in her tour bus on the fairgrounds in Pillager years ago. She died Monday at the age of 92.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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