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When Chris Kelly saw her dad, Bill Kelly, lying in a hospital bed connected to what seemed like miles of tubing and wires right after he underwent triple heart bypass surgery the summer of 2011, she knew she needed to do something so she didn’t end up there herself. Two of her dad’s siblings had died of heart problems in their 50s.

She will be turning 50 on Nov. 1.

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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.
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