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Cycling to better health


CROSSLAKE – When Dennis Swan steps up onto his bike pedals, ready to ride, his mind is no longer focused on work or anything that may have been plaguing him that day.

Instead, it’s just him, his bike, the woods, occasional wildlife encounters and the country roads ahead that wrap around some of the Brainerd lakes area’s most beautiful lakes.

Oh, and that cup of coffee that’s waiting for him in the next town along his ride.

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Jodie Tweed
Jodie Tweed has been a staff writer at the Brainerd Dispatch since May 1997, primarily covering education and writing human interest stories. She also took over as HealthWatch editor in the spring of 2010. A graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bemidji State University and her master’s degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University. She previously worked as news director at KLKS Radio in Breezy Point and was a media consultant at a Twin Cities public relations firm. She also worked as a staff assistant for the former “Nashville Now” television show on The Nashville Network while attending college in Nashville. She and her husband, Nels, have three daughters, Erika, 17, Madeline, 2, and Beatrice, who was born in April 2011.